What is developmental psychology?
Developmental psychology focuses on changes in the way people think, feel, and act over time as viewed from a lifespan perspective. This point of view suggests that clients of different ages may have different presentations of mental health problems, as well as unique pressures or milestones that they are struggling with at any given time. Training in developmental psychology also emphasizes the importance of considering clients’ unique contexts (biological, cognitive, emotional, social, familial, cultural, etc.) when planning treatment, as these variables are likely to influence individual growth in countless ways.
As a developmental psychologist, my goal is not to “cure” any specific disorder, but rather to promote awareness, understanding, and wellness in my clients as they progress through therapy. I seek to help clients better understand the different variables contributing to their current problems, expand and improve their coping skills, and support them as they make and maintain meaningful change in their lives.