Psychodynamic psychotherapy values phenomenological perspectives and personal experience and aims to inspire insight into unconscious thoughts and feelings. Throughout treatment, patients are helped to go deeper on specific issues. Patients are encouraged to reflect on early and current experiences and relationships and explore their impact on self-concept and wellbeing. Psychodynamic psychotherapy may be an especially good fit for people struggling with long-term, recurrent problems and those who wish to expand their psychic life.
Contemporary psychoanalysis is effective and in-depth, requiring sessions multiple times per week to inspire dynamic results. Meeting twice or more per week helps access traction on complex issues and allows us to slow down and thoughtfully process experiences in a comprehensive way that honors past and psychic influences. While Kathryn has recently graduated from a five-year program learning about the theories and practices of relational psychoanalysis through classes and clinical experience, she awaits analytic licensure and currently practices psychoanalysis under supervision.
Art therapy is a form of expressive psychotherapy that incorporates art making and creative techniques into the therapy process. In the context of art therapy, patients may dare to create, experience, and play with personal meaning.
Art therapist are mental health professionals trained in psychotherapy and various art disciplines.You do not need to be an artist to benefit from art therapy. Treatment is a collaborative and highly personal journey tailored to your needs, goals, and preferences.
More information about creative arts therapy can be found on the Office of the Professions website: http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/mhp/catbroch.htm
ART THERAPY FOR TRAUMA
Traumatic memories evade words. They store instead in images and sensations. Communicating through visual metaphor mitigates anxiety, bypasses linear narration, and allows for decreased defenses. By incorporating non-verbal processing, art therapy transcends language and affords unique advantages to survivors of trauma. Trauma-informed art therapy interventions aim to counteract fragmentation and dissociation by cultivating integration, hope, and trust essential for survivors’ intimacy and empathy with self and others.
TRAUMA-FOCUSED COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY
Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT) is an evidenced-based treatment approach designed to help children and adolescents who have been impacted by trauma and their parents or caregivers. Research demonstrates that TF-CBT treatment helps children and teens successfully resolve emotional and behavioral difficulties associated with trauma. TF-CBT is an effective treatment for children who have survived single-episode trauma as well as those who have survived multiple and complex traumas.
More information on TF-CBT here: https://tfcbt.org/
THERAPY WITH CHILDREN
Many children struggle to identify and regulate their feelings. When this happens children sometimes react and express themselves in problematic ways. In the context of therapy, children learn to safely explore their inner and outer worlds through pictures, play, and stories. Art and play therapies promote agency, emotional regulation, enhanced mood, and adaptive decision making.
Kathryn has experience working with children struggling to navigate a variety of difficult circumstances including bereavement, divorce, and foster care. She embraces an eclectic and multimodal approach for working with children and their primary care givers. Kathryn provides practical and compassionate parent training skills to help parents understand and effectively respond to their child’s needs.
Couples therapy helps enhance relationship satisfaction, intimacy, and communication, while working to reduce arguments and uncertainty about the relationship. Kathryn's approach to working with couples focuses on attachment and aims to nurture the bond between you and your partner. Through the couple's therapy process, you will learn about yourself, your role in the conflict, your attachment style, and how to get your needs met in a healthy, collaborative way. Additionally, you will gain a more intimate knowledge of your partner. Many couples seek out counseling during crisis, and couples therapy certainly can help during the most difficult times. However, couples also benefit from proactive couples counseling.