Therapy with Adults

Typically, the adults I work with are feeling stuck or unsure about some part of their lives. They may have problems in personal relationships or the workplace, struggles with parenting or addiction, or feelings of anxiety, irritability, and deep sadness. My clients are often associated with the field of higher education and I draw on my 20+ years of experience working in academic settings to my work.

I begin by learning about what it is you want from counseling and why you are choosing counseling now.  I want to know about what changes you might want to make and what worries you about these changes. I think it helps if we know what has worked for you in the past so that we can build on past successes.

I strive to be direct but with sensitivity to your past wounds. I am careful about timing— not moving any faster than you are ready for. It will also be important to pay attention to what other things are going on in your life as we think about what change will require of you. I am gentle because change does not come about from nagging or confrontation.

Along the way, in our work, I’ll draw on various aspects of my training—particularly in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and child parent psychotherapy—to introduce tools that may be of use to you. Should I think I can't help you, I will tell you that and refer you to someone better suited for your needs. 

119 W. Buffalo St

Ithaca, NY 14850

DeborahKarenLewis@gmail.com

 

Tel: 607-339-1479