John Wolanin, Psy.D.
Psychological Assistant • PSB33519

Finding a therapist that is right for you can often be a difficult task, as there are many factors that you may take into account before making your decision - Does my therapist have experience in working with people like me? Will my therapist be able to understand my situation and me as a person? Do I even like this person?

These questions are all valid and experienced by many. I encourage these and other questions and concerns you may have to be discussed in our first session and throughout the course of your therapy if necessary. I take this position because I think that the relationship that you have with your therapist can often be an indicator of where you are in the process of treatment. It is my belief that therapy works best when the client feels safe, comfortable, and free to discuss and explore their innermost thoughts and feelings. I work with clients to provide this type of environment. Some of my former clients have described me as warm, empathic, sensitive and reflective.

I have worked clinically in a variety of settings including schools, community mental health centers, and private practice. Populations that I have served include children, adolescents, and adults – both young and old. I have experience in individual therapy, group therapy, and psychodiagnostic assessment for forensic evaluations and learning disabilities.

My approach to therapy is psychodynamic, meaning I work with clients to uncover and expand awareness of both conscious and unconscious thoughts and feelings. I work from and insight-oriented model of therapy and find that this type of treatment serves me and my clients best in reducing their experience of life stressors.

Specific areas of interest to me are in the treatment of:
Depression
Anxiety
Phase of life difficulties
Occupational and relational stress
Loss or grief
Removing “creative blocks” and decreasing performance anxiety for people who work in creative fields such as actors, writers, and musicians
Communication problems
“Acting out” behavior in children and adolescents

To learn more about me, the services I provide, and psychology in general please visit my personalized website at http://www.psychologicalassistant.com


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