OUR SERVICES FOR ADULTS
In psychotherapy with adults we work with inner experience and outer circumstances. We work towards change and symptom relief by seeking to understand feelings and meanings which underlie symptoms. Progress and change is achieved through regular meetings and in the context of a collaborative relationship between therapist and client. Sometimes medication may be recommended to help with symptom relief. If you and your therapist think that medication might be helpful, you will be referred to a psychiatrist for a medication evaluation and medication management.
The work of Couples Therapy involves each member of the couple considering what might be going on within him or herself that could be contributing to conflict in their relationship. Couples seek help for a variety of reasons:
- Current circumstances have led to conflict and unhappiness.
- Patterns from the couples’ family of origin are negatively influencing the relationship.
- Life events have changed the original working model for the relationship.
- Developmental changes have influenced the ability of the couple to sort out their difficulties.
- Developmental changes might include a new baby, an empty nest, or child-rearing conflicts.
The goal of the therapy process is to lead couples to better appreciate what each is bringing to the relationship and, in so doing, to relate to one another with improved understanding and love.
Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy is individual or couple psychotherapy from the perspective of mindfulness and enhanced by the skills of mindfulness. The skills of mindfulness are (1) learning to stay aware in the present moment rather than being lost in thought about the past or the future, (2) experiencing things as they actually are rather than just one's concepts about them, and (3) letting go of resistance to what is happening internally in this moment.
Much psychological suffering comes from fear of and resistance to emotional pain. Mindfulness greatly enhances the work of psychotherapy in allowing one to be aware of and to release resistance to this emotional pain so that it can be processed and healed.
Mindfulness-Based Psychotherapy is especially useful in healing anxiety, panic attacks, and depression.
Coaching and Consultation
Coaching is available for individuals looking for support through life and career transitions or who are looking for consultation regarding work-related challenges and stresses. Coaching may address specific personal projects, work-life balance, job performance and satisfaction, developing managerial and leadership skills, or general conditions in the client’s life, business, or profession.
While there are some similarities between coaching and psychotherapy, they are different activities and it is important to understand the differences between them. Psychotherapy is a health care service and is often reimbursable through health insurance policies. This is not true for coaching. Both coaching and psychotherapy utilize knowledge of human development and behavior, motivation and behavioral change, and interactive counseling techniques. The major differences are in the goals, focus, and level of professional responsibility. The focus of coaching is personal and/or professional development and implementation of strategies to reach client-identified goals of enhanced performance and personal satisfaction. Personal life history and patterns of experience and behavior are included to the extent that they impact on the coaching goals.