“Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.”Audre Lorde
V.I.A. currently offers individual (one-on-one) therapy via video or phone (i.e., telehealth)*.
Therapy is a professional relationship focused on creating a greater understanding of ourselves and the way we function in our relationships, work and social environments, and the world at large. Therapy generally focuses on reducing distress while also working through difficult past and even current experiences while building hope for a bright personal future.
Dr. Thelemaque is highly qualified to work with clients struggling with psychological and interpersonal distress of many types. Psychological distress is experienced and expressed differently by every individual person. Some examples of what distress can look like includes:
- feeling overwhelmed by negative emotions like anxiety, sadness, anger, or disgust to the point you struggle to complete your daily activities and obligations;
- thinking “in circles” where you may think about a situation (one which occurred in the past or one you fear could occur in the future) over and over again without feeling like you can find a good way out it;
- having difficulty getting out of bed because of feelings of depression, hopelessness, or anxiety and worry; trouble sleeping;
- feeling interrupted by unwanted thoughts or memories related to a traumatic experience (including experiences of discrimination);
- trouble making decisions or feeling like you cannot trust yourself or others.
Sometimes, people start to use substances like alcohol and drugs more often and/or in greater quantities as a way to deal with these types of distress.
How is Dr. Thelemaque in Therapy?
As a psychologist, I have expertise in the treatment of mood, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders. I have a background working with a variety of presenting concerns that center around interpersonal relationships, living according to one’s values, and weathering a life transition successfully. I use an integrative approach that is, overall, person-centered, intersectional (e.g., understand how your race, gender, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, age, etc. impact your current issues) and radically genuine.
I challenge you to be the most direction driven version of yourself through empathetic listening, warmth, and authenticity. I model expressing yourself in a genuine way by laughing with you, and even shedding a tear with you. I will assign you work outside of session to guide you toward your goals and am willing to adjust our plan as needed.
Therapy modalities: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Skills Training in Affective and Interpersonal Regulation
If you are currently feeling in crisis and need to speak with a provider within a few minutes in order to remain safe, we encourage you to use the resources listed at the bottom of this page to speak with a supportive person more quickly. V.I.A. providers are not available at all hours and cannot provide crisis care.
If you or a loved one is in immediate danger, call 911. As suggested by the National Alliance on Mental Illness, notify the operator that it is a psychiatric emergency and ask for an officer trained in crisis intervention.
Please access other resources as needed.
*There is a wealth of research demonstrating that therapy delivered via telehealth is as effective as in-person therapy while also having the benefiting of allowing for greater flexibility in when and where providers and clients can meet as well as eliminating the need to travel to an office. [1,2]