Psychotherapy is a useful tool for personal growth and overcoming a plethora of life's challenges for people from all walks of life and in each of life's stages.
Suffering emotional and psychological pain is an inevitable part of life and can sometimes overwhelm and debilitate one's ability to function effectively in work and love. Through the process of psychotherapy, this pain can effectively be modulated in order to facilitate the development of greater satisfaction and capability in one's career and in one's intimacy with others. In my practice, I use multiple therapeutic techniques including the psychoanalytic process, cognitive behavioral understanding, empathy, and play therapy in different modalities including individual, family, and group therapies. I have experience working with adolescent males, children, couples, families, and individual adults in different stages of life transitions. Working with children and adolescents, family therapy is often a helpful and sometimes necessary part of the work of therapy. In my practice, I am flexible about the different configurations family therapy can work in, while always putting the needs of the child or children at the forefront. From this varied experience, I draw a more developed sense of engaged listening and empathic insight with each person I see.
Childhood is a time of tremendous physical, emotional, and psychological growth. At any stage of this growth, trauma, congenital delays, or a lack of resources can lead to psychic injury, behavioral problems, and underperformance. I use play therapy techniques in my work with children. Play therapy is a powerful tool in both connecting to children and in helping them and their families uncover the source of their discomfort. Children find a more natural voice through play to talk about their needs and feelings. Play is the most predominant and natural habitat for open communication at that stage in life.
Adolescence is a tumultuous and emotionally difficult stage of human development. Channels of communication between adolescents and their parents and adults in positions of authority are often strained and sometimes shut down entirely. This can put a strain on an adolescents ability to clearly see a path towards adulthood, and can be isolating at a time when emotional strife is particularly handicapping. Therapy can help restore these channels of communication where other strategies have failed, helping re-build strained relationships and empowering adolescents and eleviating their sense of isolation. I use therapeutic methods to help adolescents develop a language to better understand themselves and communicate more effectively their needs with the important people in their lives.
Reaching adulthood does not safeguard us from emotional distress, interpersonal conflict, and issues of self-regard. Moments of transition are important and inevitable parts of our lives, yet they can create the highest levels of anxiety and make us vulnerable in numerous ways. Common major transitions adults undergo include partnering, having children, career changes, transitioning from school life to work life, dealing with the death of loved ones, moving, accepting new relational roles, and simple aging. I provide an environment in which adults can explore any of these issues with a purpose of more fully understanding themselves, better navigating transitional stages, and developing the tools to make whatever changes they see fit in their life.