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Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work on a one-on-one basis with a trained therapist in a safe, caring, and confidential environment to explore their thoughts, beliefs, feelings or behaviors. It is a collaborative relationship between the therapist and the client designed help the client identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, and improve their quality of life. The therapeutic relationship can last from as few as 6-8 sessions or as long as several years depending on the client’s personal goals for personal growth. It is effective in the treatment of mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, traumatic experiences, or every day concerns such as stress, career development, or other issues that may affect a person’s sense of wellbeing.
Couples therapy (Also called Marriage Therapy, Marriage Counseling, or Relationship Counseling), is a means of resolving problems and conflicts that couples have not been able to handle effectively on their own. It involves both partners sitting down with a trained professional in a safe, caring, confidential environment to discuss their thoughts and feelings. The aim is to help them gain a better understanding of themselves and their partner, to decide if they need and want to make changes, and if so, to help them to do so. People in relationship seek couples counseling for any number of reasons, from power struggles and communication problems to sexual dissatisfaction and infidelity. The goal is to help couples engage in productive, satisfying communication designed to resolve problems and support each other. Couples therapy generally starts with helping each partner define their vision for their relationship; their core values and a personal vision of how they want their relationship to look and feel. Then, the objective, without violating either partner’s core values, is to help the couple develop a common vision of their relationship, and develop the skills necessary to help that vision take root, grow and blossom.
Family Psychotherapy or Family Counseling is different from Couples Therapy. It may bring parents, children, siblings, and extended family members such as grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins into the therapeutic process. It involves family members sitting down with a trained therapist in a safe, caring, confidential environment to discuss how the family unit can be made stronger and more satisfying to all members. It often addresses problems within the family such as marital problems, parent-child conflicts, problems between siblings, and the effects of major changes within the family such as major illnesses, death of a loved one, or parental separation or divorce. Goals include understanding how the family functions, identifying strengths and weaknesses within the family system, setting goals and developing strategies to resolve challenges, improving communication skills, and making the entire family stronger. Family counseling can last from a few sessions, to several months, and can sometimes be offered in concert with other types of interventions, especially if family members are having difficulty with addictions, eating disorders, and other mental and behavioral health issues.
Group counseling is a process that allows one to find out that they are not alone in the types of challenges they face in their lives. Being involved in a group of individuals who are facing similar challenges not only increases one’s understanding of the struggles around the issue being addressed, it also allows all members and the trained therapist to discuss many solutions that may not be evident in individual counseling alone. Group counseling differs from what many experience as self-help groups in that group counseling is conducted by one or more trained counselors who offer specific, researched based approaches for resolving the common issues faced by group members. In general, there are two types of groups; open and closed. Open groups are those where members can join at any time. Closed groups require the members to join the group at the same time. Your therapist will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each type of group, and help you decide the best approach for your needs. Groups generally have between 8 and 15 members depending on the type of group, and one or two trained therapist. They generally focus on a common topic like: anger management, self-esteem, divorce, domestic violence, recovery from abuse and trauma, and substance abuse and recovery. Many individuals find group therapy a bit intimidating at first due to the process of discussing personal issues in front of strangers. However, as the group process evolves over time, most group members come to enjoy and look forward to the group process as they develop a “Kindred Spirit” with other group members, and learn to draw trust and support from each other. Deciding on which type of counseling to engage in can sometimes be confusing. Please discuss your concerns with your therapist who will guide you in making the best decision on which type or combination of types is best suited to your needs.
Psychiatrists are physician members of the treatment team who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of mental health disorders. A psychiatrist must receive additional training by completing both medical school and serve a supervised residency program in the diagnosing and treatment of mental illness. He or she may also have additional training in a psychiatric specialty, such as child psychiatry, neuropsychiatry and/or addictionology. The psychiatrist may meet with a client to evaluate his or her mental health and may prescribe and monitor medication when appropriate.
Psychological evaluations utilize standardized psychological test instruments to assist in the diagnostic process, which leads to subsequent treatment recommendations. They are conducted by licensed psychologists. This service may be requested by schools, courts, other mental health agencies, primary care physicians and treatment team members.
- Chronic sadness / unprovoked crying
- Aggressive or disruptive behavior
- Frequent absences / truancy / excessive tardiness
- Poor interpersonal relations
- Suspicious or secretive behavior
- Lack of self-control
- Excessive psychosomatic complaints
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
- Homicidal thoughts or attempts
- Disturbed sleep patterns
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Concentration difficulties
- Drop in school performance
- Changes in appetite and/or weight
- Unusual fears
- Change in behavior or personality
- Withdrawal / isolation
- Running away from home or school
- Animal cruelty / delinquency
- Poor self-esteem
- Chronic fatigue
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