SERVICES WE OFFER
Psychotherapy is a collaborative process; it works best when there is a good fit between client and therapist. If you decide to work with us, we strive to be helpful right away. Our first priority is to offer support so you can start feeling immediate relief. We may offer coping skills, such as ways to relax or relieve tension. If you are going through a crisis or transition, or need to make an important life decision, we will help you think about your options and how to best proceed. Therapy is also a process of reflection and discovery. The way people interact with the world is related to past experiences and relationships. We help clients look at the past not to open old wounds, but to make sense of the present and prepare for the future. Developing insight into how one thinks and feels can lead to profound, satisfying change.
Adolescence is a period of transformation. All teenagers undergo physical, emotional, and cognitive change. At times, this can be exciting; at other times, it can feel turbulent and unstable. We help adolescents navigate the often stressful tasks of forming an identity, becoming more independent, fitting in with peers, and dealing with academic pressure. We understand that progress for adolescents, as with all clients, is possible only if a therapeutic relationship based on trust can be developed. As such, we strive to create an environment in which adolescent clients can feel safe to share thoughts and feelings that are deeply personal.
CHILD PLAY THERAPY
Children are not yet fully able to think abstractly and express feelings using words. Thus, traditional talk therapy is not appropriate for children. Our approach is to connect with children using play, a language that is familiar and comfortable to them. Themes and patterns that emerge during play provide a window into a child's inner world. In play therapy, we communicate our observations to the child so that he or she can learn to better regulate emotions, tolerate frustration, and cope with stress. We encourage children to be spontaneous and express themselves freely. At the same time, we set boundaries and limits. This balance helps children feel validated while providing the structure needed to help them manage their difficulties.
Parenting is hard work; it requires a great deal of time, effort, and patience. When children act out, it can feel like that investment is not paying off. We help parents cope with the challenges of child-rearing. We offer strategies to help parents deal more effectively with common childhood difficulties, such as defiance, inattention, and hyperactivity. We also provide ways to relieve family tension and stress.
CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS
Oppositional behavior /conduct issues