For parents who want help in understanding how to parent a certain child, a particular stage of development, or a specific behavior or situation I offer parent guidance.
Parent guidance addresses parents’ experiences with their children and the feelings of frustration, sadness, or worry that can result.
It is a very effective tool in restoring a child to her particular developmental path.
Parent guidance is often an integral piece of a child’s therapy, however a child need not be in therapy with me for a parent to benefit from parent guidance.
In my treatment with the younger children, I use play as a language to help them express their feelings and experiences and to provide me with an understanding of what is going on their minds.
I am fluent in the language of play and will use my interpretation of the themes, metaphors, and symbols to assist children in establishing a shared language including words thereby gaining mastery of their more difficult feelings.
Parents often feel at a loss as to how to help their lonely, sad, angry, defiant, worried, isolated, or stressed out teen.
Being a teenager is difficult. Bodies change. Feelings change. Dependency changes. Cognition changes.
In treatment with teens I provide a relationship, which is separate from their peers and separate from their parents.
The establishment of this separate space allows for the expression of vulnerable feelings in an arena where they do not feel judged or criticized and where their struggle with allegiances and loyalties will be less activated.
Through a dialogue based on their very own agendas teens become better able to regulate their emotions, learn to be more self-reliant, and develop better coping skills.
Young adulthood presents the late college age student or recent college grad with a multitude of choices and adjustments.
Whether it be exploring higher education, joining the job force, or navigating a serious romantic relationship, the young adult may feel tremendous pressure and worry about these changes.
Often they present to therapy with feelings of discomfort related to such new demands on their independence.
In therapy, I assist the young adult to become more confident in their choices, establish greater flexibility of personality and improved resilience, to feel increased self-esteem, and to become better able to regulate their feelings.
In psychodynamic psychotherapy with adults I work compassionately and collaboratively to enable each person to feel understood and to engage with their natural curiosity.
In this way we will find the patterns of relationships that allow us to deepen our understanding of the present symptoms, identify and access strengths, and improve self-esteem and well-being at work, home, and play.