Issues Commonly Encountered in My Practice:

Relationship problems
Severe depression  
Acute anxiety, phobias, excessive guilt
Adjustment to divorce and loneliness
Marital conflict or divorce
Loss of loved one, child/parent/spouse 
Mental illness, Bipolar disorder 
Emotional problems related to illness  
Unresolved feelings about parents 
Child abuse (victims and abusers) 
Lack of self esteem 
Excessive anger and outbursts 
Recovering alcoholics 
Poor impulse control 
Loss of faith after a loss or tragedy
Aftercare for patients who have been  
   hospitalized or have severe illness
Retirement and or job loss

 

 

Individual

Individual therapy is goal oriented and interactive, with a focus on the here and now. Individuals are encouraged to take responsibility for the outcome of their lives. The therapeutic relationship provides a secure environment with firm boundaries in which the individual undergoes a "corrective emotional experience" (Yalom). This eventually repairs the traumatic influence of his or her past life experiences.
   
Many people lose their real self or authentic self because authority figures from the past have such a powerful effect on a child's self esteem. A disapproving word, gesture or glance on the part of a parent can cause the child's feelings to become repressed or distorted. Then a "false self" (Miller) develops to please the parent. Individual therapy helps the Individual to connect with the "real self."
   
The work is difficult and requires a commitment to the process. It also requires an ability to experience strong and uncomfortable feelings without bolting from therapy.



Call   561-798-1430
Email: miriam@mstephan.com


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