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    About Therapy

    No matter the age, there is no one path that leads to a fulfilling life. There are many. Psychotherapy is not a quick fix or an easy answer. It is a complex and rich process that, over time, enhances insight, reduces symptoms, and improves one’s functioning and quality of life.

    There are many types of psychotherapy that involve different approaches, techniques, and interventions. At times, a combination of different psychotherapy approaches may be helpful and in some cases, a combination of medication with psychotherapy may be more effective. We are trained in and offer a variety of therapies. We assess the unique needs of every individual and family we work with and create treatment plans using techniques from the following therapies:

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): ACT helps us understand and accept our inner emotional struggles and commit to moving forward in positive ways.

    Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT): CBT helps improve moods, anxiety, and behavior by examining confused or distorted patterns of thinking. By understanding that thoughts cause feelings and moods which can then influence behavior. Research shows that CBT is effective in treating a variety of conditions, including depression and anxiety.

    Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): DBT emphasizes taking responsibility for one’s problems by helping one to examine how to manage conflict and intense negative emotions. Research shows that DBT is effective in helping people who have chronic suicidal feelings and thoughts, and who engage in self-harmful behaviors.

    Family Therapy focuses on helping the family function in more positive and constructive ways by exploring patterns of communication and providing support and education. Couples Therapy is a specific type of family therapy that focuses on a couple’s communication and interactions (e.g. parents having marital problems).

    Group Therapy is a form of psychotherapy that uses the power of group dynamics and peer interactions to increase understanding of people’s experiences. There are many different types of Group Therapy (e.g. psychodynamic, social skills, substance abuse, multi-family, parent support, etc).

    Parent Management Therapy (PMT): PMT is a form of Family Therapy that helps change parenting behaviors, teaching parents positive reinforcement methods for improving children’s disruptive behavior problems. It’s particularly helpful for aggression, hyperactivity, temper tantrums, and difficulty following directions and for children with Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) and Conduct disorder (CD).

    Play Therapy involves using toys, blocks, dolls, drawings, and games to help the child identify and verbalize feelings. Through a combination of talk and play the child has an opportunity to better understand and manage conflicts, feelings, and behavior.

    Psychodynamic Psychotherapy emphasizes understanding the issues that motivate and influence one’s thoughts, feelings, and behavior. It can help identify a person’s typical behavior patterns, defenses, and responses to inner conflicts and struggles. Psychodynamic psychotherapies are based on the assumption that one’s behavior and feelings will improve once the inner struggles are brought to light.

    Supportive Therapy provides support for coping with stress, identifying helpful and unhelpful behaviors, and improving self-esteem.

    Individual Therapy with Adults

    Therapy with adults is a process of discovering one’s own creative path for living a more balanced, authentic life. For some this may mean exploring one’s life narrative; how the past informs the present and shapes the future. For others, it may mean focusing more on the present; learning and practicing new skills to set a new course. The wonderful thing about change is it can start in thought- cultivating greater self-awareness or behavior- learning a new skill.

    Whatever the goal, managing stress, overcoming anxiety and depression, improving relationships, improving executive functioning, or dealing with life transitions, therapy is about creating meaningful, lasting change that contributes to a sense of fulfillment in your own life and in your relationships with others. We start where you are and go where you want to go gently directing the process toward the goal of positive change.

    Individual Therapy with Youth

    When children and adolescents are provided with emotional support in which they feel validated and understood, they become open to acknowledging the need for help and exploring viable ways to learn new skills and solve problems. Whether it is specific to improving relations with friends and family, regulating emotions, increasing frustration tolerance, improving self-esteem, managing stress, decreasing anxiety, and depression or simply learning organizational skills therapy is a supportive pathway to positive change.

    Family Therapy

    While most people think of childhood as a peaceful, carefree time, parents of challenging children may have few memories of such conflict-free moments. Children’s difficulties with emotional regulation, frustration tolerance, following family rules, and disruptions in school often erode the parent-child relationship and leave parents feeling emotionally drained and in some cases both the parent and child isolated from their communities.

    Over time, these behaviors can contribute to low self-esteem and even anxiety and depression in the child and can also trigger marital conflict for the parents. Labels neither offer a real understanding of what it is like to be a child with such challenging behaviors nor how to influence positive changes. Change rests in parents and children learning specific skills that promote problem-solving, flexibility, and frustration tolerance.

    Group Therapy

    Joining a group of strangers may seem intimidating at first, but group therapy is a wonderful way for people who have different personalities and backgrounds, to come together and quickly transform into a supportive network of people helping each other.

    Talking and listening to others helps us put our own problems in perspective. One can feel less alone and a sense of relief knowing others have similar experiences. In groups, one can discover new strategies for the problems they experience, by observing how other people perceive and experience their own issues, and tackle their problems in order to make positive changes.

    Banner photo by Maksim Shutov on Unsplash

    Individual Therapy with Adults photo by Joice Kelly on Unsplash

    Individual Therapy with Youth photo by Chela B. on Unsplash

    Family Therapy photo by Clay Banks on Unsplash

    Group Therapy photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

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