Cynthia Post, Ph.D.
How do you go from feeling overwhelmed and lost to having a clear sense of knowing and understanding yourself?
Contemplating this journey informs my work as a psychotherapist. In my experience, the single most important factor that leads to significant change is the development of a trusting patient-therapist relationship. Establishing this trusting relationship can have a profound impact on someone’s life by helping them overcome past dysfunctional relationships so they can form trusting relationships with others in the future. It allows you to see yourself differently and consider this new sense of self. I liken therapy to reorganizing heavy furniture in a room and, in some cases, getting rid of pieces altogether. The furniture represents the patient's view of self. With acceptance and empathic curiosity, change can begin.
My patients include many older adolescents who are entering adulthood. I also work extensively with women of all ages, including women who have been abused as children. Couples, men's issues, family relationships, divorce and related step-family issues are all strong areas of interest as well.
My couples therapy practice has expanded because of increasing demand. I help my patients understand why they chose their partner and how to live with that choice. I guide patients to see how their background leads them to select a partner. There’s no perfect partner and no perfect relationship. I help couples adjust their expectations from idealized and unrealistic to accurate and realistic. Our early life experience serves as the roadmap for our future, how we feel about ourselves and how we form relationships with others.
My training in a variety of therapies affords me the opportunity to work with different populations and treatment techniques. I’ve had extensive training in the psychodynamic orientation to psychotherapy – a theoretical framework in which the past informs the present.
I borrow from different schools of thought, based on what my patients need and want, and I make recommendations based on what I perceive would be helpful. If you're looking for extra support and guidance through a challenging situation or you're just ready to move in a new direction in your life, I look forward to working with you to achieve your goals.