My personal belief is that the therapeutic relationship is the most reliable indicator of a positive outcome in therapy. In keeping with this belief, the foundation of my approach is to facilitate an emotionally comfortable and supportive experience inside my office which can then be effectively transferred to experiences outside of the office. This process can be accomplished through various individualized ways for each client.
In some situations it may be through the expression and connection to a broader range of internal feelings or by gaining new insight into repetitive behaviors and blind spots. At other times, we may evaluate the nature of distorted thoughts and perceptions or possibly integrate practical strategies and coping skills. As the work continues, it may also be valuable to allow for a deeper understanding of self which can also lead to a greater awareness of any disharmonious parts of the psyche. Additionally, as a means to achieve some of the overall therapeutic goals, we may challenge the underpinnings of some identified areas of struggle to allow for substantive growth and change.
In my work with adolescents, I take a more informal and concrete approach to some of the areas above in relatable ways that are specific to their temperament and developmental process. In some circumstances, I may also incorporate play therapy which can be useful for helping younger adolescents to express themselves in a complementary or alternative way to traditional talk therapy. On a broader treatment level, I make a concerted effort to coordinate care with outside providers and systems who may be involved with the child and family (e.g. psychiatrist, school, agency, etc.) to gain a more comprehensive understanding of the teenager's world. I also ensure that confidentiality is preserved during the course of adolescent therapy, however, I keep parents/guardians informed about their child’s progress in general and thematic ways throughout the process.
It is my genuine hope and belief that both adults and adolescents will have a personally meaningful, emotionally enriching experience throughout the course of engaging in therapy.
"What we resist, persists ~ What we can feel, we can heal."