Psychotherapy

There are many types of therapy, and it is crucial to understand your needs before recommending a specific approach. In the initial evaluation we work together to create a treatment plan that will achieve your goals. Our psychiatrists and therapists are trained in a number of different methods, including:

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – Focuses on increasing a patient’s awareness of unconscious thoughts and reactions, understanding these patterns, developing new insights into his or her feelings and motivations, and resolving conflicts to live a more productive and fulfilling life.

Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) – Focuses on the patient’s current life and relationships within his or her family, social, school and work environments. Patients learn to evaluate the way they interact with others and to develop coping strategies for dealing with relationships and communication problems.

Cognitive Therapies – Focuses on identifying and correcting distorted thinking patterns and perceptions that can lead to feelings and behaviors that can be troublesome or self-defeating. Therapy helps to replace these maladaptive thoughts with a more balanced view to lead to a more fulfilling and productive life.

Behavioral Therapies – Focuses on changing unwanted or unhealthy behaviors through education and action, reinforcement, and desensitization.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) –  Focuses on examining the relationship between thoughts, feelings and behaviors. CBT is a short term, goal oriented psychotherapy that combines techniques of both cognitive and behavioral therapy to identify unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors in order to replace them with more balanced ones.

Mindfulness Based Therapies – Focuses on the present moment, helping people to learn how to observe and describe their emotions, and thus achieve better control and insight into their emotions and behaviors. Mindfulness is defined as “paying attention to one’s experience on purpose, in the present moment, in a non-judgmental manner.” Mindfulness practice is a component of many different treatment strategies.

Biofeedback – Focuses on improving awareness and control of stress levels. A biofeedback machine, a device that digitally measures a person’s stress level, is used to help improve self-regulation. A variety of skills are employed in conjunction with biofeedback as a way to reduce stress, learn relaxation and improve health.

Stress Management Skills – Focuses on learning relaxation/stress reduction techniques through biofeedback, meditation, deep breathing, muscle relaxation and various coping strategies in order to better manage one’s emotional states and behaviors.

Family and Couples Therapy – Focuses on helping members better understand maladaptive patterns occurring within the family or couple that are contributing to relational discord. This includes examining communication styles, setting limits and boundaries, emotional regulation, and other contributing factors.

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Medication Management

We educate you about the risks and benefits of medications, non-medication options, and alternative therapies. We use the lowest doses of medications to achieve results. We help you to best understand your options so that you can make an informed decision about your care. Read More…

 

Women's Mental Health

Mental illnesses can affect men and women differently. Some disorders are more prevalent in women and have unique symptoms and challenges. This often changes depending on where a woman is in her life cycle, such as during pregnancy and postpartum periods. Read More…

Conditions We Treat

We treat patients with a wide range of psychiatric disorders, as well as patients struggling with life changes and situational stress. We always begin by evaluating each individual through our thorough intake process in order to make a diagnosis. Read More…