Adults/parents seek for themselves or their children, the opportunity to discuss with a nonbiased, trained clinician, their feelings, and thoughts. The discussion is safe and confidential. As they learn that their thoughts and feelings are part of the typical human experience, adults and children come to accept themselves. The therapeutic environment we create allows for an open and honest discussion in a non-judgmental environment. When you or your child feel heard and validated progress is made.
Who Seeks Out My Services?
Those who seek my services might not be able to change themselves towards some idealized person or an idealized concept of love. They are looking to understand and accept themselves. Those who seek my services want to be accepted for who they are by others as well.
In my work with yet other patients, the patient recognizes the need to change in some way. We come to the recognition that some past experience or current feeling(s), thought(s), belief or perception limits them in the choices they make in their work or love life. Becoming open to alternative courses of action, such as compromise, might allow for a longer lasting relationship in their work or love life. Or not. Not all partners or work relationships can work out. It is recognized that in the therapeutic relationship, the patient is making the choice.
Adults often come to me who acknowledge that they are anxious or depressed. Many have had prior treatment and wish to gain new insights working with another analyst.
Parents who come to work with me might be concerned about helping their child cope with some trauma, a divorce, or a death of someone close to them, or a major life change. The fact is parents are often in the middle of the traumatic event as well. They are struggling with the same issues and more.
Parents who seek my services for their child who is acting out and the parent does not know what to do to help their child find appropriate ways to express their needs or desires.
Other patients seek help with their addictions or the addictions of their child. Here best practice suggests treating the addiction as a manifestation of an early trauma. Searching for the trauma and working through it, rather than focusing on the addictive behavior alone, has been found to provide a better outcome.
Yet other parents have children who are identified as having special needs; Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Sensory Integration Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, seek out my help. Here we take a more behavioral approach and use applied behavior analysis. However, we never forget to address the feelings and thoughts of the child and the family.