Harriet Kohen MSW, LICSW, CPT
Frequently asked questions . . .
Q. How do you know when to seek professional services and support for you, your child, adolescent or family?
A. Are you noticing significant behavioral changes in the areas of sleep, eating, friendships, school/work performance or functioning? Are there changes in family communications? Is there a new medical or learning diagnosis? We all have our stories to share, strategies to learn and coping skills to master. My goal is to serve you and your family to assist you in restoring balance and harmony to your lives.
Q. What should I expect when I come for my first appointment?
A. Your first appointment will include a discussion about what challenges in your life have brought you to therapy. Together, we will explore what you would like to learn and begin the process of co-creating a plan to help you achieve your goal.
Q. How does therapy work?
A. Setting clear goals at the end of our first session, we then embark on working from a holistic and caring perspective. Issues are addressed by using any of a number of methods including therapeutic process to accomplish your goal, stress management through biofeedback-based relaxation, clinical hypnosis, expressive writing, story-telling and art therapy to help you create the healing and change you seek.
Q. What can I do about these feelings?
A. Feelings are neither right nor wrong, they just are and we all have them. Learning what to do and how to think about complicated and hard feelings is one of the benefits of therapy.
Q. How can I best help my child?
A. Parenting education is often an element of working with your child and your adolescent. We will discuss what’s in the best interests of your child and your family with the goal of overcoming barriers.
Q. What makes therapy work?
A. Therapy works because we develop a relationship rooted in your needs and my skills. You bring your courage and I offer my caring. We also now know that how the brain and the body communicate and interact influences how we express our emotions and our behaviors. Change happens in stages and moves at just the right pace for you.
Q. Is my personal information and what we talk about confidential?
What can I do about these feelings?
How can I best help my child?
I know something needs to change . . . but how do I get clear on knowing what and how ?