Dr. Richard J. DioGuardi

              Clinical & School Psychologist

Psychological Services

Individual Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy For Teens and Adults

"Individual psychotherapy offers a unique opportunity to explore issues, challenges, and concerns that are impacting your life in a safe, supportive, non-judgmental, and confidential environment in a one-on-one therapeutic relationship with a professional therapist. Individual psychotherapy usually begins with a client coming into therapy with an issue or several issues that they wish to address.

As a psychologist, I work with my clients to help them develop greater understanding and insight into their personal and relational challenges. We often work to break patterns from the past that might be increasing stress in the present. Our work together in individual psychotherapy strives for personal growth."

The following is a list of areas in which Dr. DioGuardi has had extensive training and experience as a psychologist and professor of psychology:

  • Anxiety
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Anger Management
  • Gambling and Internet / Video Game Addictions
  • Relationship Issues
  • Parenting Skills Training
  • Loss or grief
  • Life stressors and decisions
  • Assertiveness Issues
  • Psychosomatic Disorders
  • Personality Disorders

Adolescent Challenges

 "The teenage years are often a challenging time for both adolescents and their families. Even the most patient parent(s) might feel at their wits end at times when talking with their teenage children. Someone once told me 'if you want to find out what is going on with your teenage children have someone else ask them'. I found this to be excellent advice both personally and professionally as have many of the parents of teens that I have worked with. We call teenagers “adolescents” because they are between childhood and adulthood. Teenagers typically wrestle with adult desires, crave independence, and believe they are entitled to it, while forgetting that they are not yet adults and simply put are 'still under their parents’ roof'. When seeing a teenager I try to have occasional family sessions with the parent(s) as an adjunct to the individual treatment of the teen.

Therapy with teenagers requires a special sensitivity to teenage development. On an individual level, teens face tremendous pressures today. Worries about the future, friends, relationships, academic performance, and other stressors all have an impact on teen wellness."

Psychotherapy for Children

In children, playing, drawing, building, and pretending, as well as talking, are important ways of sharing feelings and resolving problems. In the therapeutic relationship, the child must feel comfortable, safe and understood. This type of trusting environment makes it much easier for the child to express his/her thoughts and feelings and to use the therapy in a helpful way.  Psychotherapy helps children in a variety of ways. They receive emotional support, resolve conflicts with people, understand feelings and problems, and try out new solutions to old problems. Goals for therapy may be specific (change in behavior, improved relations with friends or family), or more general (less anxiety, better self-esteem). The length of psychotherapy depends on the complexity and severity of problems.  Child psychotherapy is often used in combination with other treatments (behavior management, parenting skills training, work with the school).



Family Therapy

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