Psychotherapy can be an effective way to alleviate distress, discover better ways to solve problems, address healthy lifestyle concerns, learn new ways of relating to others, or change long-term behavior problems. You can learn more about the process of therapy from the American Psychological Association: Understanding Psychotherapy.
Outpatient psychotherapy is available for a variety of emotional, interpersonal, and behavioral difficulties. These include, but are not limited to, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, anger management, and grief. Individuals frequently seek therapy for adjustment problems related to life changes, such as those that may arise after divorce, relocation, job loss, or other traumatic experiences.
We provide therapy for children and adolescents experiencing behavioral, emotional, and relationship problems. Therapists work with children and teens on a variety of difficulties including attention/hyperactivity disorders, anxiety, depression, social skills problems, disobedience, aggression, adjustment to divorce and/or blended families, and problems at school. Additionally, our therapists serve children and adolescents with mild Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Individual therapy with children and teens offers the opportunity to discuss problems one-on-one with a therapist, often in the context of therapeutic play activities. Discussions and activities are based on the age and developmental level of the client. For more information about when and how therapy can be useful, read: Should My Child See a Therapist?
The Child and Adolescent Therapy team also welcomes parents/caregivers who seek help with the challenges of raising their children. Often, issues that affect one family member affect all. In these situations, therapists work with children, and their parents/guardians to learn new ways of relating to each other. Topics may include a variety of issues such as disobedience, aggression, adjustment to changing family situations, or dealing with difficult family members. For more information about what to expect from family therapy, read: What is Family Therapy?
Many relationship difficulties can be improved through education and/or psychotherapy. When couples are experiencing difficulties in communication, problem solving, and/or intimacy, counseling can help to resolve these problems and enhance relationships. Through education and self-exploration, counseling can provide couples the psychological tools necessary to develop a more rewarding relationship. The CPSD sees couples - married, partnered, unmarried - at all stages of their relationship. The article What You Can Expect from Couples Therapy may help you better understand couples counseling.
Group therapy has been shown to be as effective as individual therapy for a wide variety of emotional (e.g., depression, anxiety) and behavioral concerns. Additionally, the ability to grow together, through shared experiences, can be a powerful way to improve mental health and promote lasting change beyond the group setting.
The CPSD offers a variety of therapy groups that, typically, meet one time per week.
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Assessment and therapy address different needs. Assessments involve two to three testing appointments and are designed to efficiently gather a large amount of information to determine a diagnosis and treatment recommendations. This is usually the end of the contact with the clinician.
The goal of therapy, on the other hand, is to provide treatment over a longer period of time. It is not necessary to complete an assessment before beginning therapy. However, sometimes we may suggest this as a first step, to help us better understand your strengths and challenges, or to clarify appropriate treatment goals.