Whether you are always nervous and worry constantly, feel occasional anxiety that makes it hard to do things like to socialize or give a presentation at work, or experience panic attacks, anxiety can interfere with your life and hold you back. Psychotherapy takes a mind-body approach to treatment by helping you to identify, understand, and change the underlying causes of excessive anxiety so you can enjoy your life as you were meant to – in a calm and confident manner, without unnecessary tension and distress.
Whether the result of a single traumatic experience like a serious car accident or the cumulative impact of a lifetime of traumatic experiences like child abuse and neglect, highly advanced psychotherapy techniques including EMDR can help to resolve the symptoms of trauma that interfere with quality of life. Treatment starts with understanding how traumatic experiences impact the brain and its capacity to regulate emotion, process and store information. This lays the foundation for learning how to calm and ground yourself so that you feel safe when you are safe. Once these skills are mastered, trauma memories can be worked through so they no longer distress you.
Depression is more than having a few bad days from time-to-time. People suffering from depression feel sad and down almost every day. They feel exhausted, unmotivated, and hopeless. It’s common to feel isolated and alone, misunderstood by others who give well-meaning advice to, “snap out of it,” or “cheer up.” Psychotherapy focuses on targeting and resolving the mind-body factors causing your depression, allowing you to gain healthier perspectives. Recovery from depression is possible with psychotherapy, so you can enjoy the life you were meant to live.
Individual Psychotherapy for Adults 21 and Over
In individual psychotherapy (also known as “talk therapy” or “counseling”), clients meet one-on-one with a licensed psychotherapist in a safe, supportive, and confidential environment. Sessions are scheduled at specific appointment times and are 45-55 minutes in length. Psychotherapists help clients to identify problems that are causing them distress, clarify aspects of their lives they want to change, and set goals for how they would like their life to be different at the end of treatment. Both the client and the psychotherapist take an active role in psychotherapy treatment – the psychotherapist creates a treatment plan based on scientifically-supported treatment techniques and tailored to meet the client’s unique needs and wishes; the client consistently attends appointments, learns new skills and practices skills between appointments.
Examples of possible areas of focus in treatment include helping clients to identify problematic thought or behavior patterns and teaching strategies to change these patterns, teaching clients new skills and coping strategies, and giving clients feedback that allows them to gain new perspectives on their problems so they can better understand themselves and others. Overall, psychotherapy is a dynamic process always tailored to the unique strengths, needs, wishes, and personality of each client, making it both an art and a science.
People seek psychotherapy for many different reasons, including, but not limited to, overcoming anxiety or depression, coping with life challenges like chronic pain, infertility or loss of a loved one, overcoming traumatic experiences that continue to negatively impact their lives, or making major decisions like whether or not to stay in a relationship. Depending on the problem, psychotherapists and clients may work together for just a few sessions or many months depending on the client’s needs and the severity of the problem.
Our sincere goal is to promote positive change in a warm, caring environment using a treatment approach uniquely tailored to each individual, ultimately focused on helping people to connect with the inner joy and radiance we all possess.