Feel comfortable and safe. Be yourself.

What is counseling and therapy like?

My approach is gentle, direct, and easy going. When appropriate, I love humor as a liberating and effective tool in therapy, with both individuals and couples. I believe, and research has confirmed, that the most effective element of therapy is the therapeutic relationship we develop over time. I love hearing stories, your stories!, and what makes you unique as an individual and a couple. 

Individuals

The decision to seek counseling can change your life. In a relaxed and informal fashion, I will help you find answers from within to identify the changes you want to make, then support and guide you throughout the process with compassion and respect. In a nurturing, supportive environment, we focus on seeing new and different options and gently explore. 

Together, and at your own pace, we discover and realize solutions that work for you. It is during moments of being therapeutically "in the zone," when truly remarkable thoughts are created, dots are connected, and profound emotions surface -  this is when growth takes place and changes are sparked that will transform you and your life. Let me help you empower yourself and guide you through the changes and transformations you want to make!

Couples

In relationships, we often use trial and error and "give it our best" to make changes and improvements, just to realize we feel frustrated, stuck or helpless. That's why I love the Gottman method: it looks at your strengths and sheds a light on areas that need improving, then teaches and guides how to change and evolve individually and together. 

The most rewarding moments in couple's therapy are "aha" moments when partners feel deeply and intensely connected, understood, valued, and loved. My passion is fueled by having couples experience those moments and integrate them into their relationships!

Let me guide and coach you on how to create and keep the relationship you always wanted!

What are some of the things that can be addressed?

Following is a selection of themes that may resonate with you:

Relationship issues | Communication problems | Feeling gridlocked | Lack of intimacy | Issues surrounding sex | Past or present trauma | Painful loss and grief | Career issues |  Depression | Compulsions | Anxiety | Internet addictions | Marriage issues | Substance use | Anger management | Infidelity | Job frustrations | Life management skills | Goal setting | Shame | Unproductive or hurtful fighting | Physical abuse | LGBTQI Issues | Self esteem | Separation or divorce | Decision making | Sexual orientation | Socializing issues | Feeling stuck | Sexual abuse | Motivation | Stress management | Trust issues | Secrets | Self worth and self esteem | Excessive worrying

This is your time. How can I best accomodate you?

Caring and Professional

  • Approach: My therapy approach is open-minded, emphatic, and personalized. Our interactions will be genuine, trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, and strengths-based. For couples, I use the research based Gottman method.
  • Cultural Sensitivity: I embrace your cultural identity and background and welcome persons from all walks of life. I am culturally sensitive and humble. I am bi-cultural and bi-lingual (Swiss/German). Sessions can be conducted in German.
  • Modalities: Research has shown that the relationship between you and  the therapist has the most influence on progression and outcome of therapy.  During our time together, I may draw from a variety of techniques and approaches. I am  trained in the proven and research-backed Gottman method for couples therapy.
  • Licenses: I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC) in California.

Simple and Transparent

  • Office Hours (8-8-7): Chances are your life is packed and busy. To accomodate a variety of schedules and circumstances, office hours are from 8 am to 8 pm, 7 days a week. 
  • Sessions: Regular standard sessions are a therapeutic hour. Upon request, 2 hour sessions are also available. Initial 30 minute consultation sessions are always free and without obligation.
  • Forms of Payment: Cash, all major credit/debit cards, checks, money orders, and NFC contactless systems (such as Apple Pay) are welcome. Please note: At present, I accept private pay only (I do not accept insurance payments).

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Comforting and Safe

  • Location: Centrally located in Hillcrest, San Diego, the office is a secured building that provides a confidential, comfortable, and safe environment. There is free parking available in front of the office.
  • Infants and Children: Please feel free to bring your infant(s) to session. Small children not part of therapy must be supervised by an adult and may play in the waiting room.
  • Aroma Therapy: Upon request, you have the option of supplemental aroma therapy during your session.
  • Dogs: Pets can be a great comfort in therapy. Please talk to me about bringing your dog to session. 

    

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Individual and couples therapy. Affirmative Counseling and Therapy by Armin Geiger LMFT LPCC offers counseling and therapy in the San Diego area within easy reach for residents in Hillcrest, North Park, University Heights, Kensington, Mission Hills, and other nearby areas.