The Wagner Center, LLC. provides a variety of services for a wide range of the population. This includes children, teens, and adults. All staff has been highly trained and is competent in the following fields.
In therapy we provide adults an opportunity to explore and express their feelings, understand their hurtful or destructive ways of thinking and gain new perspectives on past experiences and current relationships. During the coarse of therapy, we help each individual to set new, healthy goals and identify hopes for the future. Our therapeutic goals are to diminish or alleviate pain and suffering while adding depth of meaning and richness to the individual’s life.
In today’s complex world, adolescents and young adults struggle with many difficult issues. Frequently individuals in this age group feel misunderstood by others, both peers and adults. This is often accompanied by stresses in academic areas, sports and social areas. Too often, adolescents are tempted by drugs, alcohol, sex and eating disorders, while feeling the lack of a responsible, trustworthy adult with whom they can share confidences and from whom they can seek advice. We provide a safe and confidential environment in which my patients can explore these issues and their feelings. What is critical to adolescents and young adults is to be assured that there is always someone to turn to support, guide and understand their unique challenges.
Children present with many various issues from peer difficulties, to attention deficit disorder, to depression, anxiety, or behavioral issues. With our youngest patients We utilize play therapy to communicate with children and accomplish healing. Because young children are not extremely adept verbally, play is an effective way to understand and conduct therapy with a child. Using dolls, stuffed animals, drawing and imaginative tools, we help children work through their difficulties.
When working with couples, it is important to focus on how each individual feels and how he/she perceives a situation. Both voices must be heard in order to achieve any meaningful change. This must precede an attempt to improve communication between the partners. Couples typically need to learn how to really hear one another and then to negotiate their issues so that they can find fulfillment in their relationships.
Typically families seek therapy when at least one member struggles with a problem. Often the issue creates considerable discord within the family, and makes the home a tense and unhappy place to live. In family therapy, the family is the "patient," not the person, with the problem. We assist the family to communicate and solve problems in order to promote harmony within the home. Family and Marital therapists work with families or couples both together and individually to help them improve their communication skills, build on the positive aspects of their relationships, and repair the harmful or negative aspects. We seek to find the imbalances in the family structure and rebalance them to create a healthier family system. When a particular family member is having unique struggles, we offer the option of having one of our therapists treat the one while the rest of the family continues with another therapists With consent, the two therapists collaborate to continue to improve the well being of the entire family or couple.
Psychodynamic therapy, also known as insight-oriented therapy, evolved from Freudian psychoanalysis. Like adherents of psychoanalysis, psychodynamic therapists believe that bringing the unconscious into conscious awareness promotes insight and resolves conflict. Psychodynamic therapy is briefer and less intensive than psychoanalysis and also focuses on the relationship between the therapist and the client, as a way to learn about how the client relates to everyone in her/his life.
Family Systems Therapy Family Systems therapists view problems within the family as the result not of particular members' behaviors, but of the family's group dynamic. The family is seen as a complex system having its own language, roles, rules, beliefs, needs and patterns. The therapist helps each individual member understand how her childhood family operated, her role in that system, and how that experience has shaped her role in her current family.
Dream Analysis While not commonly used as a stand-alone technique, therapists using a variety of methods may incorporate dream analysis into their practice. Exploring the meaning of dreams through symbols, myths, free association and memories may help clients process and understand their psychological issues. There are a variety of philosophies and approaches for analyzing dreams including Adlerian (where dreams are projections of a person's current concerns), Gestalt (where every person and object in a dream represents an aspect of the dreamer), and psychoanalytic (where dreams are a key to what is happening in a person's unconscious.)