I am a New York State licensed psychologist with over 30 years of experience. I have offices in Great Neck, NY and Riverdale, NY. A majority of my work has been with children, adolescents, and families. I also work with adults. I have extensive experience treating ADHD, anxiety, depression, oppositional behavior, family conflict, social problems, and school related difficulties.
I take what is known as a "common factors" approach to therapy. Common factors has extensive empirical support. It doesn't confine the therapist to any one school of therapy. Rather this approach puts forth the belief that most therapies are effective when specific factors are present. These factors include:
- the child's motivation to change
- the quality of relationship between the therapist and the child
- the specific therapeutic techniques and interventions used by the therapist
- the trust and confidence the child and the family have in the therapist
Motivation to change is critical. Many children and adolescents come to therapy because they are told they have to. In such cases motivation can be be increased by the establishment of a strong therapeutic alliance. The child or adolescent must come to understand how the therapy can help him or her. There are specific techniques to do this but the cornerstone is always the quality of the therapeutic relationship.
The therapeutic interventions I use are directly related the problems the child or adolescent is facing. I have found that every child and adolescent is different. Some will respond best to specific techniques such as cognitive behavioral therapy. Others will benefit most from family therapy or talk therapy.
One more factor I would add will sound obvious. It is the motivation of the therapist to help the child or adolescent make positive changes in his or her life. I am passionate about my work and maintain the same level of gratification in helping children and adolescents as I did 30 years when I began my career.