Areas of specialization within our practice
- Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy
- Couples Therapy
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Clinical Hypnosis
- Grief and Trauma Counseling
- Sexuality Issues
- Issues of HIV/AIDS
- Substance Abuse/Dependence Issues
- Industrial Consultation/Crisis Intervention
- Psychological Testing
- Family, Parenting & Adoption Issues
- Spirituality Issues
- Gender Identity/Transgender Issues
Cognitive behavioral psychotherapy uses active involvement between patient and therapist to help change negative thinking and focus on today. If a person assumes “unless I do everything perfectly, I’m a failure”, they may respond to their situation as best they can, and still consider themselves inadequate. Correcting unhealthy assumptions can lead to dramatic improvements in mood and behavior. Short-term cognitive behavioral therapy leads to lasting benefits.
Couples therapy helps people overcome problems with relationships, communication, maladaptive behavior, and to encourage personality growth and development. This helps couples reconcile and better manage troublesome differences in repeating patterns of discord. There are many approaches to couples therapy. These may involve meeting with the individuals, meeting with the couple, and may involve meeting with other individuals involved in the relationship as well.
Family therapy usually begins after an individual evaluation. Often, this proves to be the most powerful treatment. The goal of this approach is to nurture change and development that can be used effectively to approach a wide range of problems. This treatment may include any and all individuals considered to be family. Impressive results can be gained in a short period of time. This is frequently the preferred approach when the identified patient is an adolescent.
Group therapy can involve a wide range of therapeutic methods to help individuals whose primary problems are relating to others. These problematic relationships are re-created in a group setting and individuals have a chance to test methods of resolving difficulties in a secure and supportive environment.
Loss and grief are inevitable in one’s life. Everyone expresses grief in a personal way. When needed support is unavailable, counseling may provide an avenue for healthy resolution. At times expressions of grief are delayed by having to deal with immediate issues. Often, these issues resurface later as a focus of therapy.
Sexuality is a big part of being human. Love, affection and sexual intimacy all play a role in healthy relationships. They also contribute to your sense of well-being. Our therapists have extensive training and experience in the areas of sexual orientation, gender dysphoria, and transgender issues. They provide referrals for additional medical consultation when needed.
We will assist individuals dealing with a wide variety of substance abuse problems, taking a holistic approach helping the individual attain their desired life goals. Treatment often involves a combination of psychotherapy, medication management, and referral to supportive groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous.
There are often situations arising in the work place, which benefit from mental-health consultation. Dealing with workplace stressors, career choices and changes as well as evaluating employee safety are issues that often come to our attention. Our experienced counselors can provide prompt resolution to emergency situations.
Psychological testing is designed to measure a person’s thinking, personality and mental functioning. It is helpful in determining a correct diagnosis and focus of treatment. We have a variety of assessment instruments available to assist our clinicians in achieving optimal treatment. Our clinicians are specifically trained in the administration and interpretation of a variety of standardized psychological tests.
Constant changes in our society require that parents and grandparents be able to create healthy families from many nontraditional realities. Professional counseling can ease this process, resulting in better relationships for all. We will also be glad to help with any psychological evaluations required by government entities.
Spiritual beliefs are a major part of what makes us who we are. As mental health professionals, we are always aware of spirituality issues in our patients’ lives and sensitive to our patients’ beliefs. We may collaborate with an individual’s pastoral counselor in order to provide effective personal care.
Each of us are impacted by our unique intersecting identities – such as gender, sexuality, race, class, and more. Identifying as transgender or gender non-conforming impacts an individual’s daily experiences in many ways, that range from subtle microaggressions to feeling physically unsafe. We support the whole individual, and we recognize that each person’s experience of gender identity development is unique. We want to support folks in finding healthy ways to cope with gender dysphoria, through leading a fulfilling and authentic life. We have years of experience in giving referral letters for Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT), surgeries, and other trans-affirming specialists.