People come to therapy for a variety of reasons, including struggles in their relationships or work. These difficulties may manifest in the form of depression, anxiety or other symptoms that interfere with one’s sense of satisfaction or well-being. In addition there may be unconscious conflicts at play that add to emotional suffering.
Psychotherapy can help children and adolescents when problems interfere with normative emotional growth and development. Children take part in therapy for many reasons, including anxiety, social difficulties, depression, learning and behavior issues, parental divorce, family issues or in response to grief and loss.
Psychotherapy for an adolescent may be suggested when a teen is experiencing difficulties emotionally, socially or academically. In some cases therapy may be suggested because an adolescent is experiencing symptoms of ADHD, a learning issue, depression or anxiety. Sometimes a teen exhibits behaviors suggestive of eating or body image issues, or begins using alcohol or other substances. Whatever the reason for the initial referral, it is important that the therapist be experienced in working with adolescents as well as being knowledgeable about all of the biological, psychological and social issues that can bring a young person in for help.
Parenting & Family Therapy
Family therapy is a method of psychotherapy that involves meeting with family members individually and collectively to address family issues, conflicts, and dynamics. A family may include a traditional biological family, an extended family (i.e., grandparents, siblings, etc…), a stepfamily or partners who are living together in a committed relationship with children. Family therapy is a systemic, short-term treatment that takes the entire family context into consideration. A family therapist takes a dynamic role in the communication between family members and in helping families engage in strategic, creative and pragmatic solutions to address the issues which brought them into treatment.
Couples come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Often, they come after years of strife and entrenched conflict. There may have been infidelity or ongoing conflict regarding parenting and families of origin. Others come for fine tuning, to improve their communication and enhance their satisfaction in their relationship.
Group therapy is a form of psychotherapy in which clients are treated in a small group with one or two therapists. Group therapy is a powerful treatment for many problems because it offers patients an opportunity to heal in a setting where they can, reduce symptoms, experience hope, learn new ways of coping, see that they are not alone and have experiences that help them see themselves and their lives in a new way. Group therapy can be a component of an overall treatment plan that includes individual or other methods and in some cases it may be the only therapy utilized.
Eating Disorder Treatment
Dr. Kim Oliver and Dr. Randi Roth are certified to provide Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness Training (MB-EAT), a treatment developed by Dr. Jean Kristeller and supported by National Institute of Health-funded research. The program addresses mindless and stress-related eating, disordered eating patterns, and binge eating disorder (BED).
Comprehensive Referral Network
In their over 20 years of community and private practice, Dr. Oliver and Dr. Roth have worked with some of the finest mental health and wellness professionals in NY and CT. Meeting the needs of patients and their families sometimes requires the collective effort of professionals from one or more disciplines. To ensure the highest level of care a comprehensive referral network of highly regarded psychiatrists, nutritionists, neuropsychologists and other professionals are available for clients when needed.
Fees & Policies
Cash, check or credit cards are accepted for payment, which is expected at the time of service. You will receive a receipt for services at each session which provides the information needed to submit a claim if you are covered by your health insurance or employee benefit plan.
The Westport Center for Mindfulness and Psychotherapy is operated as a fee for service practice as opposed to an insurance-driven one. This has allowed us to provide the best possible individualized care for patients focused on patient needs and not on the needs and dictates of an insurance carrier. Managed health insurance plans require ongoing paperwork, phone calls and continual justification for therapy. Insurance company demands and their interference in the relationship between doctor and patient are not conducive to your privacy or to successful psychotherapy in our view.