is employed to bring improvement and psychological well-being
to individuals suffering from specific problems of childhood,
adolescence, and adulthood. Psychotherapy is also used to
treat individuals who are unable to describe specific symptoms,
but have a general feeling of inability to cope. Dr. Winick
helps people become more contented and lead less stressful,
more productive lives.
offers brief, goal-oriented treatment. With adults and older
adolescents, a treatment plan is established in the initial
session. With children and younger adolescents, the first
several sessions are devoted to both building rapport and
gathering information. Parents are asked to fill out a questionnaire
pertaining to background history of the child and the child
is given several brief psychological tests. At the end of
the third session, a treatment plan is agreed upon by Dr.
Winick, the child's parents, and the child.
utilizes an eclectic approach to psychotherapy. To this extent,
the techniques used with a specific individual is contingent
upon the needs of the specific individual. With children,
interventions range from less structured approaches like play
therapy to extremely structured approaches like cognitive-behavioral
chip systems. Play therapy allows children to identify and
label their feelings in different situations. Chip systems
allow children to gain from parents direct reinforcement for
appropriate behavior and negative consequences for inappropriate
behavior. Also incorporated in the chip system are scripts
for improving communication between parent and child. Dr.
Winick introduces the child's parents to different parenting
skills that are likely to be effective with their specific
and adults, Dr. Winick also utilizes a range of interventions.
Some adolescents and adults benefit from conversational approaches
that allow them to express their emotions and gain awareness
of maladaptive interpersonal patterns. Other adolescents and
adults benefit from more structured interventions such as
learning cognitive-behavioral stress management. Most often,
Dr. Winick utilizes a blend of various techniques with each
person. At times, the main problem in an adult's life centers
on their relationship with their spouse or significant other.
In these situations, Dr. Winick works together with both adults
in couples therapy in an effort to improve the relationship
satisfaction of both individuals.