Preadolescents, Adolescents, and Young Adults
A significant portion of my practice is dedicated to treating adolescents and young adults. Individuals in these age groups can feel misunderstood by others, get off track in their developmental path, feel alone and isolated, or overwhelmed by responsibilities in various areas of their life. I provide a safe environment for my patients to express their thoughts and feelings about whatever prevents them from contentment, while educating them about life issues and how to more effectively manage stress. My ultimate goal is to teach each youth to use his or her new “tools,” not only in the present, but also in the future.
Most adults that I treat struggle with issues that either reoccur or are a consequence of past events. I assist my adult patients 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 difficulties to promote enduring growth and happiness.
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 family is the “patient,” not the person, with the problem. I assist the family to communicate and problem-solve to promote harmony within the home.