I am a licensed clinical social worker with graduate degrees in both psychology and clinical social work. I have been a practicing psychotherapist for over 19 years and have worked in a wide variety of clinical settings. My therapeutic work is based in the idea that quality of life is largely dependent upon a feeling of belonging or a sense of connectedness to others. Sometimes though, we feel unwanted, lacking value and self-worth. We can be profoundly uncertain of our own potential or where we stand in our relationships with others.
I view therapy as a life-changing, collaborative endeavor between therapist and client(s) focused on helping the client(s) to better understand maladaptive patterns and, most importantly, to better comprehend what meanings reside in the evolving process of their experiences in life. Through developing such awareness, clients are then able to live more consciously in terms of their participation in relationships and their behavior choices. I believe the work of life changing therapy is a dynamic, interactional approach which focuses on concerns rooted in one's existence and our search for meaning. We all grapple with stress, doubt and the challenges of solving our ultimate concerns - "Who am I?" "Where am I headed ?" "Can I and will I live a purposeful life?"
I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and the struggle to surpass one's profound existential doubt. My specialty areas are depression and anxiety, relationship problems, addictions, codependency, and identity development.
For those who appreciate the warmth, comfort, and unconditional acceptance that a gentle Golden Retriever can bring, Josie is available for stress reduction and unlimited pats.
Lawrence Cross ReachesNew Castle PA