Therapy for Adults
Therapy can be used to treat depression and anxiety and related disorders or simply, for support during a difficult time. When meeting with Dr. Baron, the first step is to understand:
why you feel you need to be in therapy
what goals you want to accomplish
Sometimes you will have a clear understanding of your goals and sometimes you will not. Together, you and Dr. Baron will develop the plan for the course of your therapy.
Therapy for Teens
When meeting with teens it is important to understand their need for privacy and support. Through this understanding, Dr. Baron is able to develop rapport with your teen. Together with Dr. Baron, you and your teen will set a plan for how therapy can proceed. This plan will honor your teen's need for privacy while still involving you.
Therapy can be used to treat depression and anxiety and related disorders or simply for support during a difficult time. Many times family therapy sessions are helpful to work out specific plans for better functioning within the family unit.
Therapy for Children
Similar with adults and teens, children can experience anxiety and depression. Sometimes during a difficult time, extra support is valuable.
Dr. Baron develops a plan for your child with two initial meetings:
The first meeting typically is between Dr. Baron and you, the parents. During this session you are able to speak freely about why you are seeking therapy for your child.
The second meeting is with both you and your child to better understand your relationship.
Successive sessions are typically divided sessions where Dr. Baron meets with your child and then meets with you during the last ten minutes.
Thoughts Affect Performance
Sports Psychology is the use of psychological principles applied to sport performance. This can center around improved performance or emotional regulation and generally, emphasizes the mind-body connection. Regarding sport performance, as an example, in softball, when you get up to bat, you may have several thoughts running through your head. In sports psychology, the belief is that your performance will be affected by your thoughts. If your thoughts are “please don't let me strikeout” versus “watch the bat hit the ball” the outcome will likely be different. Thus, part of sports psychology, is to develop a habit of thinking thoughts that are in the direction of your goal: landing the ball in the middle of the fairway, watching the ball falling into the middle of the basket, etc.
There is the belief that you need different levels of emotional regulation depending on the sport. A linebacker in football is likely to perform better more revved up than say, a golfer preparing to putt the ball. Both players might feel very nervous before executing their perspective plays, but they each need to be at a different emotional level in order to perform optimally. Emotional regulation teaches you to identify your subjective feelings, where these feelings are felt in your body and the ways you can reach an optimal emotional level.
Finally, a big part of this process is accountability. If you are a novice runner and you decide to run a marathon, would you run it 2 weeks or 4 months after setting your goal? You would be more successful after having a few months to train. Similarly, the concepts you learn with Dr. Baron have to be applied during your practice on the field (or court) to achieve your best during game time.