Innovative Therapy Group and Poetry Help Teens Deflect Violence Teenagers who live in violent neighborhoods have to live among fights, shootings and a community often teetering on the edge of anger. That knife edge of daily life can cause young people to over-react automatically, sometimes violently, when confronted with something like having their jacket stolen […]
Emily M. Balazs, LICSW
Adolescents (17+), adults and older adults, couples
The decision to enter into therapy can be a difficult one to make for many reasons. Though for most people, the thought of letting oneself be vulnerable is quite uncomfortable and scary and can be enough of a deterrent to seek help.
I see therapy as an opportunity to create more space and possibility in one’s life. In my work over the past eight years I have seen that through the safety and containment of a therapeutic relationship, being vulnerable can begin to feel less frightening and can create a path towards profound healing and deeper connection with others outside of the therapy room. On this path, I seek to help people to see and know the stories they tell about themselves and others, how those stories impact their lives, how cultural messages influence how we feel about ourselves and how they have been shaped and internalized over time. Through this process, it is possible to gain a deeper understanding of the suffering being experienced which then increases a sense of control and decreases the likelihood of being overtaken by emotional or psychological distress. I have found through both professional and personal experience that the more we can see the problems we face in their totality, the more we can empower ourselves to change their course.
- Addiction and co-occurring disorders
- End of life and grief/bereavement
- Managing and adjusting to the onset of complex medical conditions
- Relationship challenges
- LGBTQ and sexuality exploration work
- Social oppression and stigmatization
- Psychotic disorders
- Mood/anxiety disorders
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My approach to therapy is highly collaborative and is based in Relational-Cultural Theory, Attachment Theory and Feminist Theory. Models of treatment that I use primarily include Narrative Therapy, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Liberation Psychology and Motivational Interviewing, but I also have experience in utilizing meditation and mindfulness based interventions as well as Cognitive-Behavioral and Dialectical-Behavioral strategies and tools when needed. I have worked primarily in community based mental health programs in both the clinician and supervisory role.
For more information, please contact me at 617-738-1480 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Working Through Mental Illness Psychologist Ellen Holtzman has a practice in Wakefield, Mass. and often works with clients who have anxiety. The psychologist reviews the anti-anxiety medication one client is taking, and though it’s often effective for many people, it seems less effective for Ann, her client. Holtzman and Ann work with cognitive behavioral therapy, […]
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and What Makes it So Darn Effective? If you have paid even a little bit of attention to the language of psychotherapy and personal improvement in recent days, chances are you have heard about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and how it has become the preferred method of treatment by many […]
Social Anxiety Disorder is the third most common psychiatric illness, and depending on the definition one uses- the incidence is believed to be anywhere from 5 to 13 percent of the population in the United States suffer from it in their lifetime. What is Social Anxiety? Social Anxiety manifests in various ways some of which […]
Article discussion incidence of depression, types of depression, and treatment for depression.
We use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to treat anxiety. How CBT works: repetitive negative thoughts influence choices. The patient is encouraged to identify actions which help bring negative feelings to life. As these actions and ideas are enhanced and promoted in therapy the negative and destructive choices weaken and dissipate. Discussed by Aaron Gilbert of Boston […]
Characteristics of OCD OCD in one form of severity or another is very common. OCD is characterized by cycles of Obsessions (intrusive thoughts such as germophobia) and corresponding Compulsions (ritual behaviors like hand washing) It is best understood as an Anxiety Disorder It can be extremely painful and debilitating It can be effectively treated with […]
Aaron Gilbert, LICSW
Good therapy is the pursuit of meaningful and lasting change. It is the identification of patterns of thought and behavior which are either no longer effective or downright destructive. It is the creation and development of reliable skills which lead us in the direction of health, confidence, and increased acceptance of self.
Good therapy is always a collaboration between client and therapist. It requires creativity, energy and most importantly the development of trust. It appreciates the unique perspectives of each individual and measures progress by how closely it mirrors the personal values and aspirations of the client.
My approach is influenced by training and experience in strengths based, cognitive-behavioral, solution focused and positive psychology. I offer help with issues related to anxiety, depression, phase of life, addictions, interpersonal, occupational and marital.
I have worked in the mental health field for over fifteen years.
- University of Michigan, BA
- Tufts University, MA – Education
- Simmons College, MSW (Social Work)
For more information, please contact me at 617-738-1480 or email@example.com.