Therapist in Oakland, CA
Dealing with stress and anxiety is hard on its own, but it’s even harder when you don’t feel good about yourself or you’re frequently thinking that you’re not good enough or that something is wrong with you. You start to feel defeated, discouraged, and stuck, which only adds to your stress and makes it hard to move forward.
Maybe you've been trying to hold it together and handle things on your own but your usual way of dealing with things isn't quite enough and things are starting to slip.
Or maybe you know something needs to change but you're not sure where to begin.
In the meantime, you’re caught up in your day-to-day responsibilities and feel as if you don’t have time for yourself and you doubt that things will ever change. There doesn’t seem to be an end in sight.
The truth is that you deserve a break – a break from stress, worry, overthinking, anxiety, fear, doubt, and self-criticism.
Hi! I'm Melanie Lopes and I'm a licensed psychotherapist who is dedicated to helping people live their lives more fully, with less anxiety and more confidence.
I understand what it’s like to feel overwhelmed, stuck, and unsure of yourself and unfortunately these feelings are fairly common. It's become so common that sometimes people just come to accept a life full of stress and dissatisfaction and see it as "normal".
I became a therapist because I wanted to help show more people that it doesn't have to be this way. Change is possible.
I’ve come to understand that if you can give yourself a break, or simply pause or slow down every once in a while, it opens up an opportunity for change. You can begin to shift perspective, change your habits and your thinking, and it can make a big difference in how you feel and how you feel about yourself.
As a therapist, I want to help you find ways to give yourself the break you deserve so that you can feel more at peace, more confident, and better equipped to handle challenges when they come your way.
How I Work
I believe that we’ve all developed ways of thinking and behaving based on our past experiences, and while some of these ways are effective and helpful, others may be keeping you stuck.
I help you take a closer look at your patterns of thinking and behaving to really get a better understanding of your motivations, obstacles, and needs. I work with you to find ways to support those patterns that are helpful, and change those patterns that keep you stuck and are causing difficulty.
I concentrate on your strengths while offering perspective and compassion for your struggles.
I encourage you to begin looking at yourself with curiosity, rather than criticism.
With this guidance and support you can:
Gain new perspective
Get clarity on your options for moving forward
Learn new strategies for managing anxiety & stress
Move through challenges with more confidence
You can start to feel more hopeful, satisfied, and empowered to pursue your goals and live the life you want for yourself.
If you’re ready to take the next step and start living a life with less anxiety and more confidence, contact me today. I’m happy to help and I look forward to talking with you.