We offer therapy online and in person (proof of vaccination required), and strive to make sure excellent treatment is not cost prohibitive or a clerical hassle, regardless of your insurance situation. If you don’t have out of network benefits, ask about our income-based sliding scale policy. (We are out of network with all insurers.)
We will help you get comfortable, and work with all sorts of mental health concerns, including anxiety, depression, emotion management, life changes, trauma, perfectionism, procrastination, imposter syndrome, and questions about meaning and purpose in life.
Aitia (pronounced like the ae in Caesar), is a concept ancient Greek philosophers used to elucidate the various ways things are caused.
You develop your mental life and habits from the combination of your upbringing and abilities, all of which are causes that contribute to your current state. Our goal is to help you understand them, how they have led to now, and to help you get to flourishing.
Anxiety is an unhelpful effort to protect yourself from problems that don't yet exist, due to past issues creeping up on you.Learn More
The most common mood disorder is depression, which can weigh you down with hopelessness and joylessness, keeping you from
taking charge of your life.
Aitia therapists have varied personal and professional life experiences, and draw from them to inform their professional training. This mix provides a more lived-in understanding of the vast array of causes for mental health concerns, which helps to better tailor your treatment.
“My husband and I have been seeing Damien for a year now. Damien has been helping us see what we thought were disagreements or fights are really our own fears, insecurities and need for autonomy. He is helping us understand the root of the problem, and where everything seem to stem from. We are very grateful to Damien and truly feel lucky to be able to work with him."
“Damien’s help has been imperative in my process of overcoming depression and traumatic experiences. As a person that has never had therapy before, I was quite reluctant to talk to somebody. However, I felt like I could trust Damien from the moment we met. His respectful and empathic manner made it easy to share and his guidance has helped me unpack much more than I thought I was carrying around.”
This is especially useful when you think about the implicit negotiations in creating and maintaining healthy boundaries with people. Healthy boundaries, after all, are all about mutual respect for one another’s wants and needs, and awareness of what is and isn’t your responsibility. Here are six useful lessons to consider.Read More
The oft-noted phenomenon “What You Allow is What Will Continue” is closely related; we often see people treating us in ways we don’t like or want, yet are unwilling to say or hold our boundaries. In both there is a certain laxness involved, and thinking with either of these mental errors contributes mightily to anxiety.Read More
Can we ever really get rid of anxiety? In this two part series I’ll discuss anxiety generally and give some tips on how to try to manage it, then I will give you a deeper theoretical dive into the two related but usefully different ways I conceptualize it in treatment. The very short answer to …Read More
We all wonder from time to time if we or a loved one is depressed, and why we are so. Let me try to shed some light on these questions. Clinically there are several types of depression, but there are two types therapists usually work with; Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), and Persistent Depressive Disorder (PDD), …Read More
Saying someone is ‘emotional’ is usually meant as something of a criticism, but the truth is humans would never have evolved if we didn’t have emotions. They have played an indelible, irreplaceable role in our evolution as a species, and in the development of our societies. While emotions such as love and fear are bedrock …Read More
As a psychotherapist, I find it troubling that there are so many badly dramatized depictions of therapy in TV and film. (One *good* one is the show In Treatment). I imagine it’s better than being a lawyer and having to deal with the negative stereotypes and jokes, but the state of affairs leaves most people …Read More
In these pages I’ll discuss with you influential philosophers, psychologists, theories, and their practical applications with the goal of helping you better understand yourself, the puzzles, and the roadblocks you may be facing. Happy reading!Read More
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