Treatment Philosophy

Children and adults alike are more overwhelmed, overextended, and overtired today than ever before, while relaxation and self-care can be undervalued. The daily challenges they face can be highly stressful and can lead to significant impairments in self-esteem, family relationships, school and work functioning, friendships, and other important areas of life. My ultimate goal as a therapist is to help my clients achieve a sense of peace with themselves and the choices they make. I enjoy providing an environment where people of all ages can decompress and work through difficult situations, learning to feel good about themselves by developing problem-solving skills, maximizing their natural strengths, and utilizing the supports they have in their lives.

In my work with children and adolescents, parental involvement is critical to achieving a positive outcome. I make every effort to include parents at all levels of treatment -- family therapy, adjunct parent therapy, parent consultation & education, and support & advocacy. Parents will be encouraged to join sessions with their children at times to work through challenging family issues and to support and learn how to reinforce the hard work the child is doing in therapy.

I am committed to providing the highest quality care to you and your family. This is best achieved when clients are motivated for treatment, supported by those closest to them, and able to make therapy an important part of their lives. Therapy occurs not only during sessions, but continues when clients leave the office, taking with them the skills acquired and lessons learned and applying them to everyday situations that arise between sessions.

Mutual trust and open communication create the foundation of any positive therapeutic relationship. I have great respect for people who have the courage to seek help, and I offer my undivided attention, honesty, and sensitivity in return. I view this relationship as a partnership entered into by both parties with the mutual goals of alleviating distress and improving the client's quality of life. Therapy is a collaborative effort. It requires dedication and open mindedness, willingness to take risks, and ability to tolerate change. Therapy may include letting go of old familiar habits, suspending long-standing beliefs, and examining one's own system of values. Therapy is not always easy, and it is not always fun; but, if entered into with genuine commitment, it can be a fulfilling, eye-opening, life-changing experience. Therapy enables us to look at ourselves honestly, develop a deeper sense of self-regard, and pave the way to increasingly meaningful and satisfying relationships.

- Jill Crawford, LCSW

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