610.664.8519
sherryphd@sherrypomerantz.com
Bala Cynwyd, PA
&
Rosemont, PA

“In my practice I work with adolescents, young adults, and adults in individual, couples, and family therapy. My specialty areas include women's issues and helping adolescents and young adults develop a healthier sense of who they are.”

My Services

Eating Disorders
Teens with Eating Disorders
 Relationship Concerns
 Depressed mood, On-going sadness
 Excessive worry or Anxiety
 Adjustment to Life Transitions
Parenting
 Adolescents/preteens/young adults
 Families
Couples/Relationships


Eating Disorders
Our society emphasizes body, eating, weight and dieting.  For some, these topics become a main focus of attention. 

You (or a loved one) may be a person who struggles with:

  • Feeling bloated and “fat” after meals or after eating certain foods
  • Thinking a lot about meals and what to eat
  • Feeling ashamed of, or uncomfortable with, your body
  • Being overly focused on body weight or shape
  • Feeling fearful about gaining weight
  • Eating overly large amounts of food at one sitting
  • Getting rid of calories by throwing up, exercising excessively, or taking laxatives

 

Teens with Eating Disorders
The combination of societal pressures around us about body, weight, and food, and the body changes and other changes of adolescence may lead to an unhealthy focus on body, food, and control.

Some behaviors to look for may be:

  • Frequent talk about food
  • Frequent talk about body parts and their size
  • Having excuses for not eating with family or friends
  • Not eating but pushing food around on the plate
  • Wearing layers of clothes all the time
  • Disappearing after meals or going to the bathroom soon after meals

 

Relationship Concerns
Our relationships are important to us.  They can be rich and rewarding.  Many of us find that at some time in our lives an important relationship (with a spouse or partner, a parent, sibling, or child) hits a “bumpy road.”

Relationship issues can be the focus of individual therapy as well as couple or family work.  In individual work the person may need a place to talk about his or her experiences in that relationship, to see problems that each person may contribute to, to recognize patterns related to other relationships.  Couple or family work offers a more active opportunity to resolve conflict and problem solve together, while exploring strengths each person brings to the situation.

 

Depressed Mood, On-going Sadness
Sometimes in the normal course of events people experience a period of sadness.  When the sadness lasts for more than two weeks, for most days and it feels like the sadness is affecting other aspects of life, it is time to address it.  Psychotherapy is one treatment approach that can be helpful in reducing the depression.

Signs of depression include:

  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of pleasure in life activities
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Feelings of agitation or restlessness
  • Low self-esteem, feelings of worthlessness
  • Thoughts of suicide

 

Excessive Worry or Anxiety
Anxiety is a common problem in today’s society.  Pressures are all around for people of all ages.  For children there are pressures to do well in school and to participate in different activities.  For adolescents, there are school, social and activity pressures.  For adults, there are the pressures of managing all of the aspects of life - family, work, household, social life. 

Anxiety is characterized by over-worry or on-going sense of worry about all kinds of things.  Some people feel that they can never relax.

Some examples of feelings related to worry are:

  • A general feeling of being “keyed up,” “wired,” or jittery
  • Muscle tension in the body
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty sleeping

 

Adjustment to Life Transitions
Our lives are often very busy and complicated, with many expectations.  Sometimes normal life changes or transitions, such as moves, job changes, or graduations, can feel overwhelming. And some life changes, such as divorce or job loss, are very difficult just by their very nature. 

Dealing with these life changes can feel overwhelming and can lead to feelings of sadness, irritability or the sense that “it’s just too much to cope with.”  Many people benefit from an opportunity to work with a therapist to address these stressors. 

 

Parenting
Parenting can be very difficult these days.  There are multiple pressures on family members and changing pressures on the children.   Many families are finding that they are negotiating the new landscape together, since many parents were raised in a time that seemed less complicated. 

Conflicts occur in all families.  However, there are times when parents feel that they are no longer in control of the family, that they are not able to manage the stressors related to parenting, or that they do not feel they are managing their children’s behaviors.

 

Adolescents/Preteens/Young Adults
The teen and young adult years can be a very exciting time.  However, for some, the pressures of the life changes and decisions can feel overwhelming.

 In dealing with pressures and problems some may experience:

  • Increased irritability toward family or friends
  • Feelings of sadness, feeling blue or depressed
  • Excessive worry that may lead to frequent crying or medical complaints (such as stomachaches, headaches)
  • Breaking rules
  • Drinking alcohol or participating in other risky behaviors
  • Not performing well in school or work
  • Focusing too much attention on body or appearance issues
  • Developing an eating disorder - an over-focus on food, eating, and/or body image

 

Families
Many families experience a period when they feel like they are not getting along or when there are problems. 

 Problems that can be addressed in family therapy include:

  • Excessive fighting in the family
  • A general feeling that the family does not get along
  • Frequent experiences of hurtful behavior between family members
  • Dealing with a family crisis or important life change (like a new baby, a move, a loss or death in the family)
  • A health problem in a family member
  • Family member’s behavior feels out of control
  • Lack of respect among family members, like between parents and children/adolescents

 

Couples/Relationships
Close, caring relationships can be very rewarding and add a valuable dimension to our lives.  Sometimes those relationships develop rough spots that are difficult for the couple to resolve on their own. 

Some typical problems addressed in couples therapy are:

  • Poor communication
  • Feeling like the relationship is not working or is slipping away
  • Too much fighting
  • Anger that does not go away when the fight is over
  • Feeling distant from one another
  • Financial or extended family related fights that do not get resolved
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