In order to know how best to provide treatment, a diagnostic assessment is necessary. I will be gathering historical and current information about your life or your child’s behaviors. I will also be gathering information about symptoms that you or your child are having that might be interfering in everyday living. This process usually takes one to two sessions to complete. Through this process, I will be able to tailor services to fit the needs that you have to change your current situation.
My work with children involves building a rapport so that they feel comfortable with me in order to be able to evoke positive change. Play therapy as a non-verbal technique works well with many children in processing the difficulties in their lives and re-scripting the desired change. Art, games and sandtray work are also used to elicit thoughts and feelings that might be causing difficulties for the child or leading to unwanted behaviors. Sometimes cognitive behavioral modules are used in a playful and fun way to elicit understanding of the symptoms a child might be exhibiting and ways to overcome the issues at hand.
In working with adolescents, it is important to understand the rapid cognitive, emotional and attitudinal developments that are occurring for them as well as their developmental tasks of emancipation from parents and becoming social beings in their world. It is also important to rule out any mood disorder or other conditions that might be getting in the way of their success. The myriad of conflicts that can arise during this time with family as well as with peers can be overwhelming. As they are looking toward their future, school and what to do after graduation can also be overwhelming. Providing a place for teens to process the rapid shifting of their development as well as an understanding of their growing responsibilities and integrity within their world can be useful.
I work with adults using an integrated approach based on the needs of the client. Interpersonal/insight-oriented psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral methods (a focus on how our thoughts affect the way we feel and behave), a solution-focused perspective and psycho-education comprise the various modalities used. My approach is active and collaborative as we form a working relationship to explore the issues that are brought into therapy. My goal is to help the client learn more about themselves in order to build and support their strengths and work toward the changes that they want within themselves and their world.