What is therapy?
Psychotherapy is a process that helps integrate our life experiences into a sense of meaning. It is a process of acquiring new life skills and putting them into practice. Therapy can help you become aware of your blind spots and end the cycle of self-defeating thoughts and fears that are the cause of depression and anxiety. Therapy is not about changing other people, but about taking responsibility for any relationship you are in, and improving yourself (including your relationship to yourself). Holding on to bad memories or habits is like sitting on a boat tied to the dock, waiting for it to take you to the big sea. Therapy is a process of uncovering your falls self and getting rid of maladaptive patterns while giving rise to your genuine, authentic, and resourceful self.
Family therapy can be beneficial for children and parents of all ages. It may include extended family members, like grandparents, step-siblings, or other people who are part of the household. Families often seek therapy when one or more of the family members is struggling. When attending family therapy, it is essential for all the family members involved to attend regularly and commit to the process. Family therapy can help family members overcome barriers in communication, help family members understand each other and develop insight into the role each member plays that sustains the problem. When one member of the family is coping with depression, accessive worry, or even trauma, the entire household is affected. Family psychological services could transform the lives of such individuals and improve the relationships between the family members.
Like adults, children can be affected by life stressors. Children do well with routine. Predictability provides children with something stable and safe to lean on during the time of rapid change. Change is constant for children as their body and brain are constantly changing as part of their development. As a child psychologist, I use an integrated approach, including, CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) and Play Therapy. Parents take an essential part in the treatment and are invited for coaching sessions with me to address the child's behavior at home and school.
Our need to feel connected and loved is most innate and natural. We experience void when we don't feel connected and grief when we lose connection with a loved one. Couples therapy includes marital and pre-marital counseling. Couples may experience various struggles like relationship dissatisfaction, barriers in communication, conflicting parenting styles, infidelity, sexual issues, or merely daily stress in balancing work and family life. Many couples struggle due to anxiety, depression, or inadequate coping skills used by one of the partners. I use TEAM-CBT to help couple foster safe and effective communication. Couples therapy may call for one or both partners to pursue individual therapy to enhance treatment efficiency.