Grief / Loss
There is no right or wrong way to grieve. Grief is a normal and appropriate reaction to a significant loss. However, the array of emotions experienced by the mourner after a significant loss can be both frightening and overwhelming. While most people will experience significant loss at different points in their lives, it is difficult for many to tolerate others going through the grieving process. This can leave the individual grieving, feeling isolated, alone and that they are not grieving "correctly." Through psychotherapy, individuals receive both the support they need as well as an opportunity to examine and heal old wounds, left undone by loss.
Romantic relationships are considered the most meaningful for many people. However, no one is born with an innate knowledge of how to seek out and sustain a healthy and fulfilling relationship. Often, individuals get caught up in their own family histories and previous relationship experiences, making it difficult to successfully navigate their current relationship(s). Relationships provide unique opportunities, not only to experience the positive effects of love and companionship, but to get to know oneself on a deeper, more significant level. With increased self-knowledge and understanding gained through psychotherapy, individuals can create stronger and more meaningful partnerships.
As healthcare and long-term care are becoming more expensive, it is increasingly common for adults to take on the role of caregiver. Whether caregiving for an ill or aging parent, relative or spouse, there are several unique challenges that caregivers do not anticipate but quickly run into: loss of personal identity, role reversals, feelings of loneliness and guilt, stress, anticipatory grief, and marital and family conflict. The isolation of caregiving is overwhelming and sometimes the support of family and friends is not enough. Individual or Family supportive psychotherapy can allow a safe space for individual caregivers or families caregiving together to discuss challenges, frustrations and future planning for their parents and the family as a whole.
Early Adulthood Transitions
Many young adults in their late teens through their early thirties, may experience a "quarter life crisis" or a period of feeling lost and depressed. The quarter life crisis can involve a variety of challenging and overwhelming feelings including: confronting one's own mortality; insecurity about loving oneself, let alone another person; feelings of insecurity relating to one's personal accomplishments; lack of friendships, romance and sexual frustration; feeling disappointed with one's job; feeling nostalgic for college, high school, middle school or elementary school life; loss of interest in social interactions, feeling distant from high school and college friends... and the list goes on! These unsettling emotions are evoked as youn adults enter the "real world" and are facing its many complexities. In this less forgiving environment, having the additional support of a therapist can help facilitatethe transition while also normalizing this very common experience.
One of the most fruitful times for therapy is when there is no crisis and the goal is personal development and increased self-awareness. In this context, psychotherapy focuses on increasing feelings of competence, learning to manage daily stress and anxiety, developing mature interpersonal relationships, establishing one's identity, and finding a sense of purpose in one's life.