I specialize in adult/adolescent and couples psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy is a general term used to describe the process of treating psychological disorders and mental distress through psychological techniques. During this process, a trained psychotherapist helps the client with specific or general problems such as a particular mental illness or a source of life stress.Therapy not only addresses current symptoms, but guides the client towards individual growth so that they may ultimately manage symptoms on their own. Therapy can be about one specific problem, or it can be about many. Therapy is a collaborative event that requires an active role from both the client and the therapist.
Individuals come to therapy for a wide range of reasons including stress management, skill development, emotional support and conflict resolution. Sometimes an event occurs that causes an individual to seek help, others may find they attend therapy because it helps with issues they may have been struggling with for years. Sometimes parents find themselves unsure of how to proceed with their children. The simplest explanation is that life happens and sometimes we need help figuring it out.
The benefits of therapy are endless. Therapists can provide emotional support, problem solving skills and coping strategies for a wide range of issues. Therapists can often provide new perspective on a problem that you have been struggling with.
Benefits of therapy often correlate with commitment and level of readiness. Some benefits can include: developing understanding of oneself, improving self confidence or bolstering self-esteem, improving communication skills, learning new coping skills, replacing old maladaptive patterns with new and improved ones, or managing difficult emotions like sadness, anger, and fear.
Individual – Client has one on one sessions to address concerns and develops a higher quality of life.
Couples/Family – Helps reduce tension/conflict as well as improve communication skills within the family unit.
Therapy sessions are typically 45-50 minutes. Clients typically meet on a weekly or bi-weekly basis depending on individual needs. Length of time in treatment will depend on the individual client’s circumstance. Length of treatment is determined collaboratively and continuously throughout treatment.
PSYCHOTHERAPISTS are mental health professionals specifically trained to work with clients addressing their mental health needs. Typically therapists have their masters degree, and are required to participate in annual continuing education.
PSYCHOLOGISTS provide psychological testing for schools, courts and other entities. Some psychologists provide counseling services in addition to their other roles.
PSYCHIATRISTS are medical doctors that specialize in medication management of psychological illness. Psychiatrists tend to limit their talk therapy services and typically focus on medication protocols.
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