Individual psychotherapy is a 1:1 collaborative process tailored to meet each client’s individual needs. It's about increasing awareness, capacity for change and wellness. Therapist and client work together to uncover long-standing negative perceptions and/or behavior patterns that are interfering with personal growth.
Therapy for Teens
The teenage years can be tough. Teens are in a phase of life that involves multiple transitions and unique challenges. In many cases, teens feel alone in their experience, often because they’re afraid (or embarrassed, or ashamed, etc) to talk to their parents or friends about certain things. This creates a feeling of isolation and a lack of connection at a time in life when “belonging” feels more important than ever. This is where therapy can help: having a safe, nonjudgmental and confidential space with a trusted sounding board can be enough to help a teen feel better. Other times, there may be a clinical issue going on, such as a depressive or anxiety disorder, which can then be assessed and treated.
Any therapist who works with teens, must also work with families. That’s because teens are part of a family system— and one impacts the other. I provide support for parents who are struggling because their child is struggling. Family therapy is also recommended when there is an issue in the family that is impacting a teen client’s functioning.
Being a parent doesn’t come with a manual. It can be so rewarding, but it can also be soooo hard. There are temper tantrums, power struggles, pushing boundaries, communication issues, and the list goes on. Often parents will come to me at the end of their rope, sad because they are yelling all the time or feeling like they’re unsure if they’re making the “right” choices. Often, these situations can be address with a combination of skills training, behavior therapy, cognitive awareness and distress tolerance techniques.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an extensively researched, effective psychotherapy method proven to help people recover from trauma and other distressing life experiences, including PTSD, anxiety, depression and panic disorders. It utilizes bilateral stimulation (usually through eye movement) and a structured technique to decrease the disturbance of emotionally charged memories.
I am trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches and techniques that I tailor to each client. Here is a list of approaches that I use most often:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior (DBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Internal Family Systems (IFS)