There are many reasons why people come to therapy. Sometimes it is to deal with challenges like anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes in the family, work or school situation. Working with a therapist can help provide insight, support, and new strategies for all types of life challenges. I offer individual therapy for adults, teens and children.
Individual therapy is as unique and individual as the person seeking the therapy. Many people believe that therapy is only for those who have significant mental health issues like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. However most of the people who come to me are simply experiencing sadness or anxiety because of challenges they aren’t able to resolve. Often they say to me, “I just don’t enjoy life like I used to.” Or “I don’t like the person I have become.” Othertimes people say, “I want to make changes in my life, but I don’t know where to start.” All of these are excellent reasons to try therapy.
My clients consistently report positive outcomes from their experience in therapy. The positive changes include a greater sense of well-being, improved mood, increased self-worth, less stress and improved communication skills in their relationships.
The teen years can be very challenging at home, school and with peers. This can lead to stress, anxiety, sadness, and sometimes poor decisions. Both teens and their parents can feel confused or overwhelmed when this happens. Working with a therapist who understands the challenges of both teens and their parents, can help get things back on track before the situation becomes too serious. The earlier the intervention, the more quickly the challenges will be resolved. Examples of common problems that can be addressed in therapy include anxiety, depression, conflicts with peers, trauma and loss, and stressful events like divorce.
Your teen’s treatment will be more successful with your involvement. How much the parent(s) are involved depends on the particular situation. I will give you updates on your teen’s progress. Additionally you are welcome to call to discuss any concerns or questions you may have regarding your child or their therapy.
Parents often wonder how to know if their child will benefit from therapy. If you notice that your child is unusually sad, anxious or fearful, then therapy may be appropriate. Typically children are seen for concerns related to anxiety, depression, conflicts with peers, trauma and loss, or stressful events like divorce. If you are unsure whether your child will benefit from therapy give me a call and we can discuss whether it would be appropriate in their particular situation.
Your child’s treatment will be more successful with your involvement. How much the parent(s) are involved depends on the particular situation. I will give you updates on your child’s progress. Additionally you are welcome to call to discuss any concerns or questions you may have.
Many adults, teens and children experience challenges in moderating their emotions. We are most likely to notice this when the emotion is anger. However, it is also common to have difficulty moderating sadness, hurt or common fears. When we have difficulty moderating our emotions we tend to overreact to situations and create unnecesary drama or chaos in our lives. If you or your child are experiencing challenges moderating your emotions I can teach you mindfulness techniques that will help you moderate your emotions and respond more effectively. Clients who have used these strategies have found them effective and easy to use. For more information about this check out the mindfulness section of this website.