Philosophy

Our approach is not a “one size fits all” model. We are grounded in psychoanalytic theory and tailor treatment to the needs of the child, adolescent, adult, or family. We are active, reflective, collaborative, and often encourage increased frequency with appointments. Creativity in our method, involvement of stakeholders (e.g., parents, siblings, schools, child care settings, etc.), and offering a wide variety of comprehensive services makes our treatment unique. We hope to offer guidance and insight, lead by example, and evaluate the etiology of struggling and healing from a holistic approach.

While many of our clinicians utilize alternative forms of psychotherapy to augment treatment, our approach is grounded in psychoanalytic theory. Psychoanalytic psychotherapy is an empirically-based, non-manualized form of treatment. It is specifically tailored to the unique needs and experiences of each patient. Through a deeper understanding of oneself, particularly in the context of someone else, one is invigorated with a sense of personal fulfillment, confidence, psychological freedom, creativity, and interpersonal satisfaction. We view psychotherapy as a developmental process aimed at understanding the effects of early experiences on current relationships, perceptions of self, success, and overall well-being. Cultural experiences, relevant developmental phases, the therapeutic relationship, and mutually agreed upon goals are of utmost importance and will guide treatment. For more information about the process and efficacy of psychoanalytic psychotherapy, please follow the corresponding links.

Child and adolescent psychotherapy is a specialized approach to working with children, adolescents, and their families. Psychotherapy helps the child or adolescent understand and manage feelings more effectively, recognize and change poor coping strategies, and reexamine negative feelings of him or herself. The goal of treatment is not simply to overcome immediate struggles, but to help each child reach his or her full potential in all areas of life and to build a deep, long-lasting strength and resilience. Child and adolescent psychotherapy relies heavily upon work with parents during every phase of the treatment. In addition to helping the child return to the path of normal, healthy development, child psychotherapy aims to strengthen the relationship between the child and parents to a normal, loving and mutually gratifying one. We work to build a strong, trusting relationship with the child and family in order to become partners in understanding the child’s challenges and capabilities.

Psychological and psychoeducational assessments are powerful tools that facilitate a deeper understanding of personality and aid in problem-solving for learning issues. In clinically complex presentations, psychological assessment provides clarity via a deeper and refined understanding of the nature and severity of symptoms. For children, adolescents, or adults who struggle to learn, manage attention, or engage in standardized test taking, a psychoeducational evaluation can reveal the underlying reasons for difficulty, assist in the development of school-based interventions, and provide evidence for the need of testing accommodations.