What is Individual Therapy?
In individual therapy, our focus is to resolve the issues that bring you to counseling and to help you establish or reestablish your life as a thriving, nurturing process. The first step is to help you identify the goals you seek to accomplish. Then, using powerful yet gentle methods, our counseling acts to enliven and release the forces of positive growth already present within you. You fulfill your goals and grow beyond negative patterns from the past, empowered to move forward with freedom in your life.
People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to simply desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together for as few as five or six sessions or as long as several years, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.
Our therapists are highly trained to help you resolve all life, career, family, and relationship difficulties or transitions. Some issues we address:
- overcoming depression, anxiety, stress
- creating intimacy and trust
- strengthening self-esteem
- developing healthy boundaries
- dealing with grief, loss, loneliness
- loving without addiction
- resolving career conflicts
- overcoming codependency
- resolving sexual difficulties
- healing childhood wounds related to alcoholism, incest, and other traumas
- learning effective communication and anger release
- developing your ability to express healthy emotions
- overcoming money and power struggles
- handling addictions and compulsive behaviors
- working through midlife crisis
- exploring purpose, meaning, spiritual growth
- clarifying commitments
- freeing creativity, spontaneity and joy
- dealing with eating disorders
- Are you having difficulty managing your children’s behavior?
- Do you have one or more children lashing out in anger or withdrawing?
- Are you remarried and experiencing step-parenting problems?
If you are seeing problematic behaviors in your children but are unsure why they are occurring, we can assist you in better understanding the behavior in a family context. We invite the whole family to participate in therapy so that we come together as a team to address the problems identified. Parenting skills and psychoeducation about age appropriate behaviors and risky behaviors are offered. Providing children and parents with a safe environment for open communication without judgment is the first and most powerful step in helping families make the improvements they desire.
What Should I Expect?
Group therapy involves one or more therapists who lead a group of roughly five to 15 patients. Typically, groups meet for an hour each week. Some people attend individual therapy in addition to groups, while others participate in groups only.
Many groups are designed to target a specific problem, such as depression, obesity, panic disorder, social anxiety, chronic pain or substance abuse. Other groups focus more generally on improving social skills, helping people deal with a range of issues such as anger, shyness, loneliness and low self-esteem. Groups often help those who have experienced loss, whether it be a spouse, a child or someone who died by suicide.
What are the Benefits of Group Therapy?
Joining a group of strangers may sound intimidating at first, but group therapy provides benefits that individual therapy may not. Group members are almost always surprised by how rewarding the group experience can be.
Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way.
Regularly talking and listening to others also helps you put your own problems in perspective. Many people experience mental health difficulties, but few speak openly about them to people they don’t know well. Oftentimes, you may feel like you is the only one struggling — but you’re not. It can be a relief to hear others discuss what they’re going through, and realize you’re not alone.
Diversity is another important benefit of group therapy. People have different personalities and backgrounds, and they look at situations in different ways. By seeing how other people tackle problems and make positive changes, you can discover a whole range of strategies for facing your own concerns.