Thomas W. Welch, Psy.D.
I am a Licensed Child & Adolescent Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience assisting individuals and families, in their pursuit of self-esteem, identity, personal responsibility, and understanding. My therapeutic style is based in Systems Theory and interpersonal approach, while incorporating Cognitive Behavioral tools and techniques, and an understanding for the developmental issues/needs of the individual.
From my perspective, family provides the first and most significant opportunity for the development of those skills needed to navigate close relationships throughout life. It is through these early emotional and social interactions that we develop the skills to be used as we move beyond the family.
For some, the development of rewarding relationships comes easily, while for others this is not the case. Although there is individual difference in the origin of these differences, present and future success lies in the understanding and development of those emotional and social skills needed to maintain closeness with others. This is true whether you are a child of seven, a developing adolescent or young adult, or a family of five. My work is focused on helping individuals and families of all sizes understand and develop these emotional and social skills. I believe:
- In a non-labeling approach. Labels often oversimplify our understanding of others, and can be self-fulfilling.
- That everyone is motivated toward personal and social success.
- That change requires an understanding for what has been experienced, what is happening now, and what lies ahead in the form of expectations and needed skills.
- That we must recognize and work with all areas of influence in one’s life, when facilitating the development of skills for success.
- That a strong parental (couples) relationship is essential to the growth and development of family.
Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, and Families. In addition, I have a particular interest in Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Nonverbal Learning Disorder, and Learning Differences.
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