David Kohanyi LMFT
David Kohanyi LMFT
|Professions: Counseling, Counseling Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: Marriage and Family Therapist - 88828|
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I think that all helpful therapy begins with non-judgmental acceptance of your concerns, whatever it is that brings you to therapy. The first task of therapy is to develop a sense of emotional safety; this comes from being listened to, empathized with, and understood. From that foundation, we can begin to address particular problems and increase awareness of unhelpful patterns and difficulties in your life.
Email or Call David Kohanyi LMFT at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 35417
More Info About My Practice
I work with individuals, couples, and families, and specialize in relationship problems, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, addictions, and compulsions.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
Diagnoses of particular mental health 'disorders' can be very useful in the process of therapy. They often provide both the client and the therapist with helpful language that can be used to describe thoughts, feelings, behaviors and habits with more precision than would be otherwise possible. The diagnosis may represent an accurate, perceptive account of part of a person's psychological life.
In addition, diagnoses can be comforting to the person who feels bewildered and maybe 'unusual' as a result of the way her mind works. Many individuals are relieved to learn that the thing that is troubling them has a name, has been dealt with by others, and is not as uncommon as they might have thought.
On the other hand, diagnoses can be unhelpful. Here are some ways I think this can be true.
While a diagnosis may cast light on a person's psychological circumstances, it may also serve not as an aid to careful thinking, but as a replacement for it? we may look at a label instead of a person. It can be tempting to stick to the label as a substitute for more patient and nuanced observation.
In therapy, I try to manage this in the following simple way: when someone says that he has a particular mental health disorder, I ask what that actually looks like, how it effects him concretely, what it is that feels unmanageable. I also like to find out when and how he received the diagnosis, and if it makes sense to him.
I ask this last bit because I fear that diagnoses can be made hastily, after a very short assessment. In some cases, the one doing the diagnosing hears a few words or spots a few signs that suggest a 'disorder' that may not have been indicated with different questions, or by allowing the client a few more sentences of explanation. In addition, a mental health professional may have a particular hammer that she likes to wield, causing many things to look like just the nail that she is on the lookout for.
With diagnosis as with many things in therapy, it is important to remain open-minded, and to maintain an experimental and flexible attitude. This way we can keep the benefits that come through identifying mental health 'disorders?, seeing states of mind ?through? them without their becoming walls that obstruct our perception.
Services I Provide
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Couples, families, individuals with eating disorders, individuals with obsessions and compulsions, trauma survivors
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