Therapy is intended to help people make changes. These changes may involve thinking differently, feeling differently, and/or acting differently. Therapy is intended to be a process in which one moves along in their personal development, enhances their relationships with others, and helps them adjust to and face life’s challenges.
How therapy is conducted is determined by the nature of the difficulty one is experiencing. It is also influenced by age and/or stage of development.
While the particular approach in therapy will be influenced by the special needs of the individual child, adolescent, or adult it is managed in a way which uses well-accepted principles to guide the process of change. Dr. Cohen and her associates have the skill to assist her clients in addressing their challenges and help clients move along toward their personal goals.
Therapy with Children
Childhood is marked by rapid change in physical growth, in learning and perception, in emotional development, in social relatedness and awareness, in coming to understand sex roles, and in moral judgment and behavior. The range and complexity of every child's achievements in the first 12 years of life can be extraordinary. This unique time for some children and families can be extremely challenging, to the point where the child's well being and cognitive and psychological growth is compromised.
Dr. Cohen and her associates possess special expertise in working with children who are displaying emotional and behavioral problems at home, at school, or in the community. We promote and educate our child clients to express their needs and desires verbally rather than behaviorally and help them to develop healthier coping strategies. Interventions with children utilize a variety of approaches including play therapy, family therapy, and individual therapy for older, more verbal children.
Our work with children has included the following more specific areas of concern: adoption adjustment, anger management, Anxiety Disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD (a.k.a. ADD Attention Deficit Disorder), behavior problems in children, chronic illness, depression, developmental delays, divorce adjustment, grief/loss, learning and behavior problems at school, mood disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Panic Disorder, parent-child conflict, Abuse concerns, remarried families adjustment, school refusal, self-esteem, and social skills development.
Therapy with Adolescents/Teens
Adolescence is a period of important biological, psychological, and social change. Adolescents experience rapid acceleration of bodily growth and the beginnings of physical sexual development. There is an accompanying acceleration of cognitive development and the coming together of personality. Socially, adolescence is a period when the experiences gained in strong relationships with friends helps prepare teenagers for young adulthood. Furthermore, the way this period evolves may be quite different for young men and young women.
Adolescents may experience confusion and struggle during this turbulent developmental period. We have the expertise and interest in intervening with adolescents having a variety of social, emotional, and/or behavioral challenges.
We see adolescents experiencing a wide range of challenges including, adoption adjustment, anger management, Anxiety Disorders, ADHD (ADD) treatment program, behavior problems in adolescence, Bipolar Disorder, compulsive behaviors, chronic illness, depression, eating disorders, adolescent adjustment to developmental delays, divorce adjustment, grief/loss, learning and behavior problems at school, Mood Disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Panic Disorder, parent-adolescent conflict, parenting concerns, phobias, physical abuse of adolescents, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), remarried families adjustment, self-esteem, sexual abuse and incest, and sexual behavior problems in adolescents.
Therapy with Adults
In adulthood, there are oftentimes challenges related to marriage or relationship concerns, becoming a new family and raising young children, change in the nature of social relationships and friendships, parenting pre-teens and teenagers, children leaving home, the aging of one's parents, illness, occupational stress and/or loss of job, financial struggles, and other issues pertaining to transition and change. Each of these outward changes or adjustments holds important meanings for the adult individual experiencing them and may present special challenges. In addition, there may be more longstanding challenges from childhood or adolescence that continue to impede functioning or satisfaction with one's life. We have extensive experience and training in working with adult clients in a variety of treatment modalities including individual, conjoint, and/or family therapy.
More specific concerns that adult clients in our practice face include: Adult ADHD (ADD), adult survivors of childhood abuse, anger management, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, chronic illness, compulsive behaviors, depression, divorce recovery, disorders of addiction (drug or alcohol abuse/dependency, eating disorders, grief/loss, infertility, marital conflict, midlife transitions, Mood Disorders, parent-child/adolescent conflict, parenting concerns, phobias, Post-Partum Depression, Pre-marital counseling, relationship issues, adjustment and self-esteem.