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How We Work with Adults - Our Philosophy

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A Developmental Perspective

For many years psychologists and other mental health professionals have recognized that development does not stop when one becomes an adult. Adults go through many changes and face many challenges throughout their lives. These changes can involve work, family and personal life (including issues of well-being, personal growth and spirituality). Theorists such as Erik Erickson and Daniel Levinson have addressed these issues, which have also been popularized by writers such as Gail Sheehy. Regardless of the model or approach to adult development, there is a clear consensus that adults experience many changes as they mature.

We believe that a developmental approach is critical in understanding the challenges that adults face. Rather than viewing adults’ struggles through the lens of pathology or mental illness we work with you to understand that what you are going through is often part of the normal process of adult development.

A Strengths-Based Approach (Enhancing Well-Being)

Our philosophy is based on the premise that most people have the strengths and resources to resolve the problems they are currently struggling with. Our therapists work with you to help you tap into strengths and resources that you may have lost sight of, and help your build on your strengths to not only overcome problems in your life but to enhance your sense of well-being.

A Chance to Reflect, to Grow, to Find Greater Meaning

The old cliché goes “the older I get, the less I know.” Childhood and adolescence, and even young adulthood, are times of activity, of going out in the world and doing. As we get older, we often become more reflective, examining our life, the choices we have made, and the ways we went to live our life. Therapy can provide a safe supportive environment where you can explore these issues and begin to establish the basis for living a more meaningful life.

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