I specialize in the following psychotherapies

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with children, teenagers and adults

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a form of psychotherapy that has been tested and found to be effective in hundreds of research studies. In contrast to other forms of therapy, cognitive therapy tends to focus on the present, and emphasizes learning problem-solving and coping skills. Patients practice specific skills that they can use long after therapy has concluded. When I work with children, I employ the same underlying approach, but adapt it to meet the developmental needs of each child. I use games, physical activities, and creative arts in practicing CBT with children.

Kazdin Parenting Management Training

Kazdin Parenting Management Training (KPMT) is a highly effective therapy for parents whose children are having problems related to:

  • oppositional behavior
  • aggression
  • disruptive behavior at home and at school

The method is designed to help parents promote positive changes in children who have a wide range of problem behaviors -- from mild and typical to severe.

Play therapy with children

Play therapy is an intervention that provides young children with a therapeutic outlet for expressing their feelings and experiences. Play therapy is also effective in helping young children express intense emotions and develop their social interactions. Young children may be referred to play therapy to help them during times of family stress, crisis, or loss. Parent involvement is a vital aspect of play therapy, and I work closely with parents, as we become partners in the therapeutic process.

About Cognitive Therapy

Cognitive therapy is based on the idea that how we perceive situations influences how we feel emotionally. Often, it is not the situation that directly affects a person’s emotions, but rather how the person thinks about and perceives the situation. When a person is in distress, it is hard to think clearly and one's thoughts are often distorted in some way. Cognitive therapy helps people to identify their automatic thoughts and to evaluate how realistic or helpful the thoughts are. They then learn to modify and change their distorted thinking, which often results in feeling better. Cognitive therapy can help individuals to "try on" new ways of thinking, develop more adaptive behaviors, and remain in touch with emotions without being overwhelmed by feelings. The emphasis in cognitive therapy is on understanding the connections between our thoughts, emotions and physical state, solving problems, and initiating behavior change.

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