Individual Therapy for Adults
Most adults that I treat struggle with issues that either reoccur or are a consequence of past events.
I assist my adult clients to identify the connection between past and present circumstances and help them to effectively restructure maladaptive patterns in their life. Together, we develop useful strategies to overcome and manage current difficulties and to promote enduring growth and happiness.
Therapy involves a commitment of time, money, and energy, so you should be thoughtful about the therapist you select. At the end of the first session, I will ask you if you feel comfortable with my work style and with me. I believe that in order for therapy to be successful you have to feel compatible. If you have questions about my procedures or the work we are doing, let me know. We then will discuss them whenever they arise.
I utilize Integrated Psychotherapy methods dependents of the specific issue and needs- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal family systems (IFS), Solution Focused Therapy, and Neuropsychological education – to best support health issues and mental disorders. In addition I teach Mindfulness, and Muscle Relaxation techniques.
I will begin therapy by attempting to understand your difficulties in the context of your family, friends, partner, work environment, and culture. Our first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your specific needs. By the end of the evaluation, I will offer you some first impressions of what our work will include and a treatment plan to follow. Our work is going to be collaborative. I ask a lot of questions, share my impressions, and ask my client to do the same.
We may first focus on symptom relief early on. This may include among others, symptoms of stress such as sleep problems, anxiety, overeating, social isolation, depressive symptoms, or panic. During sessions, we will also jointly examine your pattern of difficulties, and explore alternative behaviors and thoughts.
Please note that at first, regular weekly sessions are essential. If we do not see each other weekly at first, it may be very difficult to learn about you and your difficulties. In addition, weekly sessions provide the fastest relief of symptoms, which is important early in therapy.
Couples Therapy for Adults
My work with couples focuses on improving communication and resolving individual issues, which might interfere with the partnership’s functionality. I work with couples to stimulate growth and happiness while we eliminate those factors that may be sabotaging the relationship.
Typically families seek therapy when at least one member struggles with a problem. Often the issue creates considerable discord within the family and makes the home a tense and unhappy place to live. In family therapy, the whole family, not the person, is the “patient” with the problem. We assist the family to communicate and problem-solve to promote harmony within the home.
Psychotherapy is not a quick fix or an easy answer. It is a complex and rich process that, over time, can reduce symptoms, provide insight, and improve functioning and quality of life.