Let's connect with the part of you that knows you need some help/guidance/assistance. Your source of your strength IS that part of you that knows "things" can be better. It exists. It's already present.
Natural and lasting healing takes place by becoming more intimate with the source of strength that you already possess. I'm Dr. Jay Pietrzak and my practice is focused on helping you respond to traumatic stress, anxiety and depression in holistic ways that support movement towards this source. The brief pages of this site will tell you about the experience, education, training and certifications that inform my practice. My residential office is located on Ocean Avenue near Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica, CA. I also meet clients by telephone and online via secure, high-quality video conferencing. Let's minimize the logistical struggles required to support your wellbeing. Healing is rarely, if ever, painless. Let's not make the process itself any more difficult than it needs to be. If you resonate with what you find here, contact me to learn more about the effective, efficient and compassionate ways in which I can support your process. - Jay
Symptoms of trauma, anxiety and depression are related to the nervous system. We are fortunate to be living in a place where medication is available when indicated, but you don't necessarily need to be medicated in order to get relief: drugs are far too often used as a first-line of defense and without a plan for getting off them. Do you know that the one type of medication most commonly prescribed for both anxiety and depression works much in the same way that a certain type of meditation works?
There are mindfulness-integrated and somatic (body-oriented) therapies that can restore and improve the functioning of your nervous system. There is a subtle energy system associated with your nervous system with which you can work in order to heal and grow. Symptoms of trauma, anxiety and depression often improve with exercise and proper nutrition. Even moderate changes to your physical activity and diet can result in a dramatic improvement to your condition. Becoming more intimately familiar with your body, emotions and thought-life will not only get you through your current situation, but the skills you will develop in the process can be applied towards personal and transpersonal development that leads to a more meaningful and joyful life.
The skills you will develop while working with me are the same ones used by people who are already high-functioning and seeking peak performance. What I'm telling you is that your struggles may be blessings in disguise. I won't tell you that everything happens for a pre-designed good reason (I don't believe that at all), but I will tell you that every situation and every condition offers its own unique opportunity for growth. I'm not talking about sugarcoating your story, but about using your struggles as stepping-stones--springboards even--to greater things. I'd love to help you get there. When you're ready, just reach-out.