The decision to begin a process of psychotherapy is rarely an easy one, and the choice of therapist can be even more difficult. Here are some things to keep in mind:
• We are more than our “problems.” Although people inevitably encounter problems in their lives, we also possess strengths and resources which can be mobilized to help us deal with challenges.
• Problems are more than “symptoms.” The presence of specific concerns, anxieties, fears or depressed feelings often makes us uncomfortable and prompts us to take action. But these conditions are often related to more complex aspects of our past history and current situation. Understanding “symptoms”? in a broader context is essential for effective change.
• “Diagnosis” is a process. Although it is important to achieve an accurate picture of a problem or concern fairly quickly, the true understanding of an issue is a process requiring careful attention. A quick diagnosis such as Depression, Anxiety, ADHD or Addiction may help in recognizing important patterns but cannot fully address the complex interaction of our neurobiology, personal history and personality.
• Life is complicated! No matter how hard we try, it's not easy to avoid challenges created by relationships, jobs and the world around us. Therapy is both a means of healing and of coping, with the goal of making it easier to negotiate the adventure of daily living.
• Having a “guide” is very helpful, particularly if you can feel somewhat comfortable with a therapist's personality and breadth of knowledge about particular matters. Growing trust and honesty in communication is the fruit of a good therapeutic relationship.
Concerns related to depression, anxiety, difficulty in work of relationships, sexuality and intimacy, addiction and recovery. Therapy may involve short-term problem solving problem approaches to more in-depth processes of understanding and change.
A generally more in-depth experience informed by the contemporary perspectives of Relational Psychoanalysis, usually of longer duration and with greater session frequency, often engaged to address issues of developmental trauma or to promote greater self-awareness and interpersonal satisfaction.
Helping adolescents and families negotiate the transitions in adolescent years, including difficulties with school, relationships and self-identity.
Working with issues of communication, intimacy and ruptures in relationships, including the challenges of separation, divorce and reunification.
• The following services are only available at the Wayne office.
Sand Tray Therapy
A long established method of using sand and a variety of miniature objects to create expressions of the inner life and the world beyond the self. An engaging, enjoyable and useful therapy for children, adolescents and adults.
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I'm Worried about My Child
Being a parent usually means becoming an expert on your child. Over the years, through observation and experience, you come to know your child's personality, moods, behaviors, strengths, and challenges. Parents also become used to weathering the many day-to-day concerns about their children that seem to come with the territory of parenting.
Most of the time, problems are resolved or worries are alleviated, and life continues on. Still, there are occasions when concern persists, or when specific difficulties emerge that seem to go beyond the family's ability to adapt and cope.
• Identifying the Problem • Seeking Support • Working Together
Read more about seeking therapy to assist your child.
Dr. Schaller is available for a free phone consultation to answer questions and explore the possibilities of any of the above.