services

Individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy for adults, older adults, adolescents and children.

 

Individual Therapy

 

 

Adults | Older adults


Individual therapy helps identify challenges while developing effective coping strategies to manage emotions and work through individual problems, while having the experience of working one on one with a therapist. Issues presented in individual therapy include anxiety, depression, family conflict, experiences of trauma, loss, grief, bereavement, challenges in personal growth, aging, stress and lifestyle management.

 

 

Children | Adolescents


Distress in children and adolescents often manifests through symptoms of poor performance in school, rebellion, anger, anxiety, sadness, trauma, attention problems, lack of motivation, low self-esteem, challenges in social skills development, bullying, peer pressure and coping with family issues such as divorce, illness and abuse.  In addition to talk therapy we also provide play therapy and art therapy to assist children and adolescents in accessing and expressing their thoughts and feelings in order to reduce psychological symptoms. Through these modalities, children and adolescents learn how to express themselves and effectively communicate with others. We facilitate the exploration of the underlying root of the symptoms. Various stages of childhood and adolescence can be extremely challenging, with various transitions, feelings of confusion and pressure. We provide a confidential, supportive and safe environment in which children and adolescents can explore a wide range of issues and struggles.

 

Children and adolescents are taught adaptive coping skills to assist them with difficult emotions, family problems, social challenges and peer pressure.

 

 

Couples | Family Therapy


 

Couples


 

We assist couples who are: dating, married, cohabitating, in conflict, struggling with communication skills, experiencing challenges with roles and expectations, betrayal, infidelity, and intimacy issues. We provide a neutral environment to help deal with emotions in order to establish understanding and acceptance. Couples are guided to differentiate and develop their own sense of self in order to grow together.

 

We assist couples in finding a balance between developing individuality and togetherness.  It is important for the couple to develop insight and awareness in order to obtain tools in building respectful relationships, effective communication skills and intimacy, improving the couple relationship.

 

The overall goal of couple’s therapy is to assist couples in developing healthy strategies to overcome emotional, sexual, behavioral challenges in order to establish growth and satisfaction in ones self and each other.

 

Family


 

Family therapy is an opportunity to bring the family together to discuss conflictual issues, challenges, and relational problems in a safe environment. Family therapy includes recognizing the impact of the role that each member plays in contributing to the overall family dynamic. We encourage family members to share and express their feelings in a safe and open environment to establish goals for treatment.

 

Patterns and belief systems are examined to develop insight into the origin of the problem and to explore alternate ways of coping so each member feels heard and understood.

 

Family therapy can facilitate the process of resolving family conflicts, building family cooperation and respect, clarifying family rules, establishing clear boundaries and reducing negative symptoms. Each member of the family is then encouraged to utilize the insight and tools developed in therapy within their everyday familial interactions at home.

Group Therapy


 

Groups


 

Group therapy is for adolescents, adults, couples and parents. It is a unique and effective way of developing insight and understanding of oneself and ones relationships. Group therapy provides an environment that facilitates personal growth and opportunities to verbalize ones needs, work through conflicts, utilize assertiveness and communication skills and receive support.

 

Group therapy is a social microcosm in that interpersonal conflicts and challenges are often replicated within the group process. This provides opportunities for the therapist to address patterns of behaviors and various dynamics in order to facilitate insight and growth within the group members. Throughout the process, group members learn about themselves by interacting with others and learning from their experiences. Another significant aspect of group therapy is being in an environment in which you are experiencing similar feelings and struggling with similar challenges as others – you are not alone. This is an opportunity to receive support, validation, recognition and empathy.

 

Group topics include: life transitions, social skills, communication skills, healthy strategies in development and parenting skills.

 

 

Parenting


 

Parenting groups provide parents of children of all ages with effective parenting techniques in order to improve parent-child relationships. Often times parents will try various communication techniques and parenting styles, yet discover that their parenting style is simply not working. Parenting skills training allows parents to develop effective communication skills and disciplining techniques in order to manage behavioral problems and relational conflicts. Parents are taught how to parent | co-parent, while utilizing effective positive parenting techniques and discipline.  Parents are provided with psychoeducation regarding the importance of instilling emotional well-being in their children, i.e. empowering children, encouraging a sense of individuation, improving self-esteem and providing love and support.

 

Parenting techniques include developing adaptive tools to parent a child with special needs, including ADHD, autism, etc. Parenting skills training is not solely for parents who are having difficulty raising their children, rather it is an integral part of learning how to be the best parent one can be.

 

Treatment Specialties


 

  • Anxiety: panic attacks, generalized anxiety, specific phobias, social phobias, agoraphobia, obsessive compulsive disorder
  • Mood Disorders: depression, bipolar disorder, dysthymic disorder
  • Self-esteem | Personal growth: recognizing strengths and differentiation
  • Relationships: relationship enhancement and skill development
  • Communication: improving communication skills and strategies in relationships
  • Co-Dependency: establishing clear boundaries within relationships
  • Loss | Grief | Bereavements: coping with various losses, recognizing stages of grief and loss
  • Death| Dying: end of life issues
  • Trauma | Abuse: sexual, physical, verbal and emotional abuse
  • Post Traumatic Stress: PTSD and acute stress disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): behavioral strategies, social skills, establishing structure, parenting skills training
  • Autism: behavioral therapy, communication and social skills training, parenting skills training
  • Parenting issues| Parenting strategies: adaptive discipline strategies, co-parenting, developing open communication, negotiating power struggles
  • Life altering illnesses: coping with life altering illness and impact of illness on family
  • Life transitions: job loss, empty nest, divorce recovery
  • Post-partum: transitions, “blues,” depression, psychosis
  • Aging: experiences of loss, ageism, cognitive and physical decline, dementia
  • Body Image| Eating Disorders: anorexia, binge eating, bulimia, obesity
  • Addiction| Substance Abuse: alcohol, drugs, gambling, impulse control and others
  • Stress Management: relaxation techniques, guided imagery, development of adaptive coping skills
  • Anger Management| Impulse Control: increasing self-awareness, recognizing triggers, utilizing self-soothing techniques
  • Immigration Adjustment| Acculturation: acculturation challenges, hardship, assessment and evaluation
  • Gender Identity | Sexual Orientation: LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) challenges with gender identity, impact on relationships, exploration of sexual orientation, discrimination, shame, family of origin