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WHY PSYCHOTHERAPY?

Relationships help us grow.

At Hillside we believe that mental health is linked to our experiences with relationships—as part of a complex matrix composed of self-concept, attachments to others, and interpersonal interactions, all shaped by our earliest caregiving environments. Personal growth in therapy occurs through the exploration of past relationship patterns within a uniquely supportive context that can serve as a new model for relating to yourself and others, and a new way of understanding your symptoms.

In essence, therapy involves reconstructing personal experience in a way that helps individuals move towards accepting all parts of themselves, both “good” and “bad.” We address the inherent urge humans have to construct a meaningful personal narrative from their experiences. Because we become who we are through relationships, discussing interactions and the meaning of others’ perceptions of us is an important focus of psychotherapy.

At Hillside we take a trauma-informed lens in our approach to helping clients. This doesn't mean that you have to identify as a trauma survivor to get help from us, but most people have experienced some sort of trauma in the course of their lives. Traumatic experiences are subjective—what one person perceives as traumatic is not necessarily the same as another. As a result there is a very broad range of what we consider trauma, as well as how we treat it in therapy. Overall what we know is that trauma negatively impacts our relationships—the very relationships we need to heal from what we’ve been through. The clinicians in our practice are versed in trauma-focused interventions to help you connect with yourself and other people to help the healing begin. 

MEET OUR TEAM

Portrait of Dr. Talia Banayan

TALIA BANAYAN, PSY.D.

“I recognize that therapy is often the first time many people have a safe and supportive place to sit with their most private thoughts and prior life experiences. I use warmth and strength-based communication to cultivate a space that feels safe, supportive, and empowering.”

Portrait of Dr. Allyn Rodriguez

ALLYN RODRIGUEZ, PSY.D.

“Ideally, a combination of future and past focus in therapy helps pave the way for a more authentic version of your self to emerge.”

Portrait of Dr. Sadie Mohler

SADIE MOHLER, PH.D.

“Everyone has the innate capacity to adapt, heal, and grow. As a psychologist, my aim is not to ‘fix,’ but rather to help cultivate the conditions for you to connect to this intrinsic capacity.”

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