ANDREW DESEAR, PSYCHOTHERAPIST
REALIZING YOUR BEST SELF
"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind."
All About Therapy
Psychotherapy offers a unique opportunity to help make meaningful personal change. This occurs through the experience of working closely and collaboratively with another individual - trained in ways of understanding, relating, and supporting personal coping and development. Some people come to therapy with a clear sense of what they would like to address, work on, or see change in their lives. Others may not be as clear. They may have a sense that things are not "on track" in their lives the way they sense they could be. Maybe they notice repeating patterns going on for them- in relationships with others, in use of unhealthy coping methods like addictions and avoidance - or maybe they simply have a new issue in their lives which they would like support for in figuring out how best to address. Maybe you are part of a couple who is caught in negative cycles of interaction that leave you both feeling alone rather than mutually supported... Maybe you are a parent concerned about the well-being of your child / adolescent or your own ability to maintain a healthy parental relationship...
I have worked for years with people from a range of different backgrounds, ages, mental health symptoms and other types of personal problems/challenges. I see each individual as a fascinatingly unique manifestation of our shared human condition and love nothing more than to help others to find, support and actualize the best version of themselves as they move through life and all its challenges/opportunities.
A Happier, Healthier You
Feeling a bit down lately and nothing seems to lift your spirits? It might be time to seek help from a licensed professional. My Individual Therapy sessions help patients develop positive attitudes towards life’s most complex circumstances. Call or email me today and allow me to help you see the glass half full in everything that life has to offer.
Are you in a relationship that is in distress? Do you feel desperate for supportive connection with your mate but seem instead to experience more conflict, hurt feelings and loneliness than mutual support? Maybe you have even tried couples counseling before but found old patterns continuing to appear despite you best efforts..
If so, I am here to offer hope. through a uniquely effective and lasting form of couple therapy called EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy) for Couples. Please feel free to research this style of work, as created and espoused by Dr. Sue Johnson, PhD. I currently offer reduced rates for couples.
Child and Adolescent Therapy
Play - The Royal Road to the Inner Child
Play is the expressive language of children and, to the skilled play therapist, can lead directly to the heart of social emotional difficulties affecting growth and development. I have worked with children for many years both as an educator in the school system as well as in clinical settings as a play therapist. If you have a child in need of a skilled, caring therapist you have come to the right place. I work with parents to assist in their abilities to positively support their children and to rework dysfunctional relationship patterns and unhelpful power struggles.
I also work very well with adolescents (and their parents), who fall somewhere on the spectrum between these broad categories of "child" and "adult." I am skilled and very experienced with helping navigate this shifting, creative and often confusing time.
A Person Focused on People and the Human Condition.
I have always been fascinated by our human condition: by our collective wiring as well as individual uniqueness, by our capacity for great joy as well as profound suffering. It is this interest that lead me to major in Eastern Religion as an undergraduate at Columbia years ago, which fueled my choice to become a school teacher in NYC and to focus on understanding and uncovering hidden potential in students within "Special Education" tracts, and it is this interest and experience which has lead me to work with individuals of different types, backgrounds and challenges as a trained psychotherapist. My own therapeutic style is rooted in classical analytic frameworks, and informed by such things as modern trauma research and brain science, studies in Buddhism and non-western insight traditions, as well as holistic wellness practices. I believe in the power of insight as well as in corrective emotional experience. I believe our modern world provides both unprecedented opportunities as well as new challenges to personal and social health. I also believe that the very things we struggle with and suffer from can also the very clues to our own happiness, freedom and joy, if only we change the way we relate to them. This fact is what continues to amaze me about human experience, why I work well with a range of different people in my practice, and why I continue to be inspired by each individual I encounter on their pathway to personal healing and growth. Call or email me today to begin your own unique journey with me towards healing, personal growth and realization of your own true best self.