Therapeutic


Therapeutic Services are offered to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. The therapeutic process begins with an initial assessment of the client’s areas of concern such as low self-esteem, relationship conflicts, trauma, and stress-related issues. The assessment serves as a road map for the length of treatment and type of intervention. The map may change at any point, depending on the client’s needs and readiness for self-growth.

Insight Oriented Psychotherapy

Insight, defined as self-understanding, is one of the tools used in psychotherapy. An Insight Oriented Psychotherapeutic approach is based on the theory that as a client improves their understanding of themselves, they will change their actions, their view of the world, and their view of others. The objective of Insight Oriented Psychotherapy is to engender positive change in the individual’s life through this self-understanding. The therapy is client-centered and involves conversations between the client and the psychotherapist over several sessions in order for the client to develop a more productive thought pattern.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

CBT is an evidence-based treatment used to help change patterns of negative thinking, emotions, and behaviors. This treatment used structured sessions that include homework to help clients meet goals, or can be integrated with other forms of therapy. CBT is goal oriented and can be a brief therapy. CBT is used to treat a wide range of issues: depression, anxiety, eating disorders, sleep disorder, etc.

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)

ERP is a special type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) that is often the first line of treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This treatment helps you o gradually expose yourself to your fears while not engaging in any compulsive or ritualistic behaviors.

Behavior Modification

Behavior Modification is a type of Behavioral therapy that utilizes reinforcement, both positive (i.e., rewards) and negative (i.e., punishments) to increase desired behavior or to eliminate unwanted behaviors. A common example of behavior modification is when parents are assisted in developing and implementing a behavioral plan to encourage specific positive behaviors. Behavior Modification techniques may also be utilized in therapy with adults to help them achieve a desired behavior such as smoking cessation.

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is a therapeutic method that utilizes hypnosis, a form of communication that induces a trance or trance-like state. Trance is natural state that occurs when your attention is narrowly focused and relatively free of distractions. Examples of common trance states are daydreaming, meditation, or being involved in a movie or good book.
As an adjunct to psychotherapy, hypnotherapy can help a person to enter a relaxed and comfortable mental state to achieve specific goals, such as the relaxation response, reduction in anxiety an fears, and altering unwanted patterns of behavior.
Contrary to common misconceptions, hypnosis used by a certified hypnotherapist is not mind control or brainwashing. A person is not immobilized during trance and can respond to situations that need attention. It cannot cause anyone to act against his/her values or will.
There is no “right” way to experience hypnotherapy. Every person’s experience is unique. It is a collaboration between a trained therapist and a client to achieve goals that have been discussed, developed and agreed to for the benefit of the client.

Family Systems

The Family Systems therapeutic approach recognizes that individuals cannot be understood in isolation, but rather as a part of their family. The approach holds that individuals are inseparable from their network or relationships. Systems thinking is used to describe and understand the complex interactions in the unit and the reactions and behaviors of the individual. The smaller units, or subsystems of the family unit (spousal, parental, sibling), are explored and probed in relation to the whole to assist the family or individual along the process of change and healing.