Psychotherapy For Individuals and Couples
Therapy can be intense, but it doesn't have to be drudgery. There is laughter through the tears, when we recognize our human frailty. The "Ah ha! Eureka!" moments give energy and hope for the future.
Feeling sad or worried can really distract from one’s life. Besides looking at current life issues, we will look at the thoughts that are connected with the mood, and the history of those thoughts.
Sometimes expectations in marriage need to be re-examined. Other times relationships get stuck on unmet needs, which don’t get communicated.
There are no ‘bad guys’ - just messages that get lost in all the distortions.
In private practice Crystal specializes in relational issues. This sometimes involves marriage counseling, couple's counseling, or parenting issues, but other times individual counseling is needed for someone that has experienced difficulty with a partner, family member or friend. Issues of depressed mood, anxiety, trauma, abuse, self-worth, boundaries, addictions, and more become clarified and resolution is found.
Crystal’s vast experiences have given her the opportunity to join with many of the local community agencies. These include working with adolescents in residential treatment, geriatric psychiatric inpatient care, day treatment care, dual diagnosis hospitalization, case manager for Department & Family Services, and a Behavioral Health Case Manager.
Also for several years, Crystal worked as a Clinical Supervisor teaching and overseeing therapist trainees and interns. In this position she has led and trained many interns and trainees from the local graduate schools: including Pepperdine, California State University at Northridge or CSUN, and Fuller Seminary Institute. Crystal has also completed a year of training and oversight to become a Consulting Supervisor in the State of California, which allows for Supervision of other Supervisors in the state.
Most recently Crystal has contributed as a Christian Educator by leading small church groups on Grief and Loss, Transitions and Life Changes, and she has taught on such subjects as: Prayer, Forgiveness Matters, Judging and Judgement, Repentance, Gratitude, Fear and Disappointment, What We Can Learn From the Relationships in the Bible, and most recently she has taught a series called, "What's Love Got To Do With It".
Crystal Nash, MS, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist with a private practice in Santa Monica, CA, and has worked with hundreds of individuals, couples and families over the past twenty-five years.
Crystal offers to speak at your church group for free.
Crystal Nash, M.F.T.
Providing individual, couples and marriage and family counseling
I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from therapy for depression, anxiety and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help attain the desired personal growth.
So if someone tells you to ask what modality do I use in therapy, I call it developmental. What I mean by that is my modality used in session depends on the stage or state of the client. For example if a person enters my session and they are in a state of crisis or risk in some way, the session would be crisis solution focused, dealing with any safety issues.
As the crisis subsides and the client proceeded in therapy, I would use more cognitive based therapy to insure that the client is aware of thoughts and feelings that may have led to the crisis. Eventually the therapy would lead back to what system or family of origin issues that may have proceeded and contributed to ongoing problems or issues.
However, if a client walks into therapy with no crisis, and he/she exhibits understanding of the their cognitive and emotional issues, and has even perhaps worked previously with a cognitive therapist and still feel something is missing, then I would probably proceed in an psychodynamic dimension.
Also another issue that I use in therapy is to try to understand the client’s mindset, “to walk a mile in their shoes”, so I believe listening to and trying to get the client’s perspective. I also believe that understanding that perspective leads stronger communication and connection, which will build trust for future interventions. This also includes teaching what is going on in session if someone is unaware of the process, and developing a strategy with that client, that they can work with to proceed to healthier choices.
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