Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis with Adults
There are many overwhelming challenges that present themselves throughout the different phases of adulthood. These challenges can be related to life transitions, identity development, relationship difficulties, and managing intense feelings of anxiety and sadness. Adults come to psychotherapy for many different reasons but are often times hoping to learn how to improve certain aspects of their lives so they are able to feel better.
Adulthood comes with it’s own host of difficulties. Many adults struggle with forming and maintaining meaningful relationships, understanding how to connect and how to develop intimacy in relationships, feeling happy and fulfilled in their marriage, and the idea of having children and what it means to be a parent. Parenting in and of itself is a reason that adults come to therapy; to learn how to be different than one's own parents. It is also typical for adults to experience many overwhelming feelings related to taking care of one’s own parents and dealing with the loss of a loved one. As an adult, it can be difficult to maintain a sense of self given the many roles and demands that life presents.
Late adulthood also presents with certain challenges associated with the final phase of the life span. More senior adults struggle with feelings related to retirement, the changing role within one’s family, possible medical issues, and thoughts and feelings associated with death, dying, separation, and loss.
My approach is to develop a warm, trusting, and supportive relationship with each adult. Through this relationship and our work together, it is my hope that you will feel comfortable and able to explore parts of yourself that may be overwhelming, frustrating, and/ or causing you a certain level of unhappiness. By exploring these pieces of your self, along with your history and past experiences, we will gain a better understanding as to why you make certain choices and respond to situations in certain ways. Once we understand how these patterns have developed, we can look at them together to decide if they continue to meet your needs as an adult or if they need to be replaced with more effective coping mechanisms.
It is my belief that learned patterns of behavior can be changed over time through the support of a caring relationship and through the work of therapy. It is also my belief that these changes will lead to an increase in life satisfaction, healthier and more fulfilling relationships, and a stronger sense of self.