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Therapy Services

Adult Individual Therapy

Life is full of challenges that adults have to navigate through. Whether it is relationship issues, family strife, job demands, financial stress, major life transitions, a traumatic event, something different all together, or a combination of many things, there are times when it can feel 

like your go-to coping skills are not as effective as they could be with managing it all. Life challenges may also take the form of feeling lonely or feeling stuck, or feeling like relationships, career directions, or academic aspirations aren’t as successful or as rewarding as you would like. Whatever the challenges you are facing, it is important to know you are not alone and help is available.

Here is some information that can help to put things into perspective:

  • Anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States age 18 and older, or 18.1% of the population every year.

  • Depression affects over 18 million adults, or 1 in 10, in any given year.

  • 70% of adults experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime.

  • 20% of people who experience a traumatic event will develop PTSD.

 

Although it can feel uncomfortable or daunting to ask for help, psychotherapy has shown to be effective in helping people with depression, anxiety, anger issues, and/or trauma. We integrate different therapeutic strategies to help treat the whole person. Our goal is to help adults gain new perspectives through self-exploration, to change patterns that impact well-being, to work through traumatic experiences, to strengthen coping skills, and to find answers and solutions to challenges that allow for a more balanced and fulfilling life.

 

For some adults, a combination of psychotherapy and medications may be an effective option for treating their symptoms. If this is determined to be the case through assessment and consent of the client, then we partner with Psychiatrists or Nurse Practitioners in Psychiatry (NPPs) to help support the treatment process.

Collateral Sessions

There may be times when it can be helpful to include an important member of the client’s life into a therapy session, such as a parent(s) or a spouse/partner. This type of session is called a “collateral session” because the person joining the session can provide important information, emotional support, and/or reinforce practicing skills that will help the client progress in therapy.

 

When we work with teens, we recognize how crucial parents are to the treatment process. Collateral sessions can help parents understand what their child is gaining from therapy and how they can support their child outside of the therapy sessions.

Collateral sessions differ from family therapy sessions, as the person joining the session is not considered a client and is not the focus of treatment. This does not minimize the importance of the person in the client’s life or their role in supporting the treatment process, but rather it clarifies the boundaries of treatment. In contrast, family therapy treats the entire family as the “client,” with a family-centered treatment focus, specialized strategies and confidentiality protections. 

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Teletherapy

Teletherapy sessions take place through online video calls, similar to Zoom or Facetime calls. One important difference is that we provide teletherapy session through a secure, confidential platform called Simple Practice. This means there are extra protections that guard your personal information.

While this type of online communication might feel a little strange and unfamiliar to

some, for others having sessions in the

familiar surroundings of their home,

or in a location of their choosing, increases their level of comfort in opening up and sharing their thoughts and feelings with their therapist. For those who are used to communicating through online platforms, teletherapy may help them to be more likely to try therapy out. 

There is also the convenience of saving time by not having to travel to an office, or by not having to deal with some of the obstacles of getting to an appointment (for example, bad weather conditions, car troubles, parent’s work schedule, etc.).

Plus, studies over the last 20 years have shown that, for most clients, teletherapy can work just as well as in-person therapy. The common dominator for teletherapy and in-person therapy working effectively is the strength of the client-therapist relationship.

 

What you need for teletherapy sessions is either a computer, laptop, tablet, or cell phone that has internet capability. We will make sure you have the necessary instructions ahead of time to get things started. We will answer any questions ahead of time, and we make every effort to have teletherapy be a helpful, engaging experience. 

Teletherapy
Collateral Therapy
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