Individual Adult Therapy
Adults enter therapy for a variety of reasons. There are many different theoretical orientations within the field of psychology, and I adjust my lens to each client’s presenting issue and goals. Sometimes, therapy can be short-term and brief. Therapy might focus on a single issue, such as working through grief and loss or learning specific tools to manage stress, depression or anxiety. Often, this type of therapy involves working from a cognitive-behavioral or solution-focused perspective.
Sometimes adults initiate therapy to address deeper problems or some part of their life where they are feeling stuck. This might be the case in trauma work or in instances where adults are trying to work out more complex relationship issues or personal identity struggles. This type of therapy is more likely to be longer-term and more in-depth, and can involve intense soul-searching and personal growth. A psychodynamic orientation assists clients in examining childhood wounds and understanding how their past family-of-origin experiences impact them today. Attention is paid to the interactions between client and therapist, as this can mimic outside relationship patterns.
In all cases, close collaboration between therapist and client is key. Time is spent in the early sessions discussing the client’s goals and hopes for the therapy, so that the right approach can be employed.
Close collaboration, within a safe environment, is key to success in therapy.