Individual Psychotherapy with Adults and Adolescents
When working with clients, my practice is integrative, which means I utilize various orientations and perspectives based on client needs and wants. Research shows that one of the most important elements of successful therapy is trust so that the client can be open in sharing feelings, thoughts, and experiences. For this reason, it is my priority to establish and provide a safe, non-judgmental, supportive environment where growth, healing and change can take place. Within this relationship, I use a client-centered and collaborative approach. Together, we will work to establish goals that will best match your needs, values, and beliefs. I often use a psychodynamic perspective. I believe past experiences impact present functioning. Together, my clients and I explore and examine this connection to relieve distress and symptoms, identify patterns, and improve one’s current relationships and life satisfaction. I also utilize cognitive-behavioral techniques to help clients alter their thoughts and gain control of their emotional state. Mindfulness strategies and relaxation exercises are also incorporated, when appropriate.
The reasons individuals seek treatment can vary, but I have listed some common concerns below:
- Depression: Depression comes in many forms with varying symptoms. Most commonly, those struggling with depression experience sadness, irritability, fatigue, hopelessness, worthlessness, low motivation, and guilt. Sleep and appetite can be affected and in more severe cases, thoughts of death or suicide may occur. Therapy is effective in treating depression and involves exploring the nature and roots of the depression, developing skills for managing symptoms, and increasing motivation and activity to generate hopefulness. Medication may be a helpful adjunct to our work and I can help you decide if a consultation is necessary.
- Anxiety and panic: Everyone experiences anxiety, but when it impacts your relationships, work, or just life in general, it may be time to learn how to overcome it. Anxiety is often apparent in the way you think, worrying excessively or catastrophizing, for example. It can also manifest through physical symptoms, such as headaches, nausea, and shortness of breath. Anxiety can be treated with Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, which will help you to identify and change the problematic thought patterns that contribute to your anxiety.
- Adjustment to life transitions and/or stressors: Whether it is positive change or unwanted change, change is difficult. Sometimes it brings depressed mood, anxiety, difficulty sleep or change in appetite. Psychotherapy can help you to learn ways to cope with the transitions and minimize the associated discomfort.
- Relationships: Relationships are often the most rewarding aspects of our lives, but they can also be the most challenging. Whether you are struggling with romantic relationships, familial relationships, or friendships, therapy can help you to create more satisfying connections. Together, we will explore your emotions and the relationship dynamic while identifying your role. We will help you to find more adaptive ways of relating to help you reach your relationship goals.
- Job stress: Work constitutes a significant portion of our lives so it would be expected that many people seek therapy due to work-related stress. You may feel frustrated with your job or “stuck” in a position that is unsatisfying. Therapy can help you to identify what you want to change and how to make it happen.
- Divorce: Whether your marriage ends amicably or with significantly more drama, divorce is difficult. I can help you to grieve the loss of your marriage, cope with the changes, and move forward with a satisfying life. I can also help you help your children manage this change.
- Coping with acute or chronic illness: The mind and body are interconnected. Physical illness can impact your emotional state and health in a variety of ways. Coping with illness can lead to stress, anxiety, and depression. Learning how to cope more adaptively with your illness improves both your mental and physical health. I have significant experience working with individuals with acute and chronic illnesses as I was a consultant in a medical center and at various sub-acute rehabilitation facilites and nursing homes. I have worked with clients managing illnesses including HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, and chronic pain.
- Bereavement: Losing a loved one is painful. As you go through the grief process, therapy can provide you with the safe environment to mourn the loss and move through the stages of grief.
- Trauma/PTSD/Abuse: Trauma can cause a wound so deep it cannot be seen but it is certainly felt. Depression, confusion, anxiety, shame, and anger are some common feelings. With psychotherapy, I can help you to rebuild trust, learn the skills to manage your pain, and regain control of your life.
- Women’s issues: Women’s issues include the many concerns women face such as managing the work-life balance, body image and self-esteem issues, motherhood, infertility, and so much more. As a psychologist, woman, and mother, I can help empower you to find the balance you need to be the woman you want to be.
Whatever your reason, therapy can provide many benefits. It provides a supportive, confidential environment to heal your pain, learn healthier skills to manage your emotions, reach your personal goals, and become the person you strive to be.