San Francisco Psychologist Ruth Lieu is committed to helping people struggling with depression and anxiety, supporting those navigating critical transitions in their lives, and providing guidance to individuals through career coaching. Her approach is culturally informed and focuses on collaborating with clients to bring lasting healing and helping them live gratifying and fulfilling lives.
Unlike the occasional feeling of sadness or lethargy, depression debilitates us and affects our ability to be productive, connect with others and enjoy things that normally bring us pleasure. Depression comes in many forms and is one of the most common illnesses for women and men. Depression affects 10-25% of women and 5-12% of men. Fortunately, even the most severe forms of depression are treatable. With the right therapeutic support, you can better anticipate and reduce the severity of symptoms, develop habits to be healthier emotionally and physically, and learn how to care for your mind and body.
Most of us experience some anxiety in stressful situations. However, stress and anxiety can also debilitate us, getting in the way of our ability to think clearly and to focus our energy in productive ways. Severe anxiety can produce panic attacks, problems sleeping, obsessive thoughts or avoidance of certain situations. According to the National Institute on Mental Health, anxiety is the most common mental illness in the U.S. Seeking help for anxiety will help you regain energy and the ability to focus on the people and activities most important to you.
We all go through major transitions in life, some expected and some unexpected. These may be a major career change, the ending of a long-term relationship, a divorce, loss of someone we love, or becoming a parent. A major transition can overwhelm our normal coping abilities and resources. Getting some support during transitions helps us to weather the challenging period and turn the experience into opportunities for self-growth, self-awareness and increased strength and resilience.
Career coaching helps people make informed decisions about their career development. People might seek a coach when they feel stuck in their jobs, need guidance in addressing a challenging situation, need help with a job search, or wish to transition to a different career. My approach combines both coaching and counseling to guide clients in making critical career decisions as well as help them overcome psychological or emotional barriers to achieving their goals. A career coach is a partner who builds confidence, increases insight, and helps you find inspiration.