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Individual Psychotherapy

Individual therapy for adults and adolescents is a relationship between the person and the therapist. Often thoughts and feelings are brought to therapy, and here the mind can easily become the focus. A relational approach to an integral life brings community, spirituality and body into the therapy context. This may mean trying out a physical activity and then bringing back to therapy the thoughts and feelings that it brought up. The course and goals of therapy are decided between you and your therapist. You may decide to be in individual therapy for a number of reasons, such as:

  • Difficulty finding or maintaining meaningful relationships

  • Specific symptoms, such as frequent crying or feeling anxious

  • After a significant life event or loss

  • To change a career or life path

Group Psychotherapy

Group therapy is a powerful interpersonal experience. A Pain Management Support Group meeting weekly for 10 weeks can help

  • lessen the negative impact of pain on the ability to work and participate fully in relationships

  • decrease isolation

  • provide support with feelings of hopelessness and anger

Chronic Pain Treatment

Being in pain impacts your life. The impact is not just physical, but social, emotional and behavioral. Chronic pain changes your life. Individual therapy for chronic pain can help you find the mind/body connection that empowers you to impact the experience of pain. Help identifying and connecting to resources for chronic pain support can help you learn new strategies for managing your pain and provide support with the social and emotional struggles chronic pain can create.

Couples Therapy

Couples therapy is focused on the relationship between the people in the relationship, whether they be married, co-habitating, or dating. An attachment theory approach to couples therapy can help couples feel more connected and address any attachment related issues within the relationship.  Couples may enter therapy as a result of:

  • A significant life event or change in the relationship

  • A significant lifestyle change, such as children leaving home

  • Ongoing difficulty communicating

Trauma Treatment

Treatment for trauma can occur in a variety of contexts and from varied treatment models. One that we utilize is EMDR.

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing. Developed by Francine Shapiro, EMDR allows for traumatic or upsetting experiences to be processed using bilateral stimulation of the brain. Bilateral stimulation means that a stimulation, such as eye movements, are guided by the therapist. Research has shown EMDR to be a safe and effective treatment for trauma. 

A very important part of EMDR is preparation. When processing difficult experiences, it is essential to have a sense of safety in therapy and in your life. Ways to manage stress, soothe yourself and feel safe will be identified before EMDR begins. 

You can stop EMDR at any time, even right in the middle of a session. Having control over the process can also be a part of feeling safe. EMDR is happening in the context of a relationship with your therapist, it is not happening to you, but with you and your therapist.

Psychological Assessment

You or another health care professional, such as your family doctor or psychiatrist, may decide that testing will help to clarify an issue. During testing you will be asked to perform a number of tasks, such as telling a story or putting together a puzzle. A question that you may want answered by testing can be:

  • Assessment to clarify a non-response to medication

  • Testing for certain conditions, like depression or ADD

  • Assessment of intelligence or personality

Supervision

Clinical supervision for psychologists and social workers seeking hours toward licensure is available. Supervision for professional counselors and marriage and family therapist is also available. Supervision is offered for individuals or in a group setting. Post licensure supervision can help with developing new skills and deepening your current ones. 

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