Psychotherapy is an approach for treating mental health issues by talking to a licensed mental health provider. It may also be known as talk therapy, counseling, psychosocial therapy or, simply, therapy. The goal of psychotherapy is to facilitate positive change in clients seeking better emotional and social functioning to improve their feelings of satisfaction and the overall qualities of their lives.
Individual therapy is one type of psychotherapy in which a trained professional helps a single person work through personal issues, emotional difficulties and mental illness. Therapy sessions give you a space to explore your thoughts, feelings and concerns without judgement. Unlike couples, family and group therapy, individual therapy focuses solely on you. Benefits of effective individual therapy include a stronger and more expansive support network, better self awareness, the ability to use skills to manage emotions, identification of underlying causes of symptoms, facilitating lifestyle changes and more.
There are many different approaches to psychotherapy. Providers may lean toward a particular orientation, but often blend multiple orientations. Each theoretical perspective acts as a roadmap to help your provider understand you and your problems and develop solutions. Your provider will complete a comprehensive assessment in the first couple sessions in order to make a diagnosis and develop a treatment plan.
Sessions are up to 55 minutes and can be held in person or remotely. Information shared during sessions are confidential (with a few exceptions). Individual therapy may be short term (focusing on immediate issues) or long term (delving into more complex problems). The number of sessions and the frequency of appointments depends on the your personal situation and the recommendations of your therapist.
Family therapy, sometimes referred to as conjoint psychotherapy, is a type of treatment designed to help with issues that specifically affect families’ mental health and focusing. Family therapy focuses on the family structure and relationships between members, not on the individuals. Usual goals of family therapy include improving communication and collaboration, assisting with major changes within the family, solving family problems, assisting with major changes within the family, understanding and handling family situations and creating a better functioning home environment. Participants may learn how to make themselves heard effectively, but not hurtfully or aggressively.
The techniques used in family therapy typically depend on factors such as the theoretical orientation of your therapist and the specific needs of your family. Your provider may ask direct questions, such as when the trouble started, how each person feels about the problem, and what you may have doing to manage the situation so far. From that point, you will work with your provider to create a treatment plan to improve family conflicts.
In Family therapy, you and your family will talk with a licensed provider as a group. Insurace will require one person in the family be identified as the primary patient. The person named as the primary patient must have symptoms which support a diagnosis. If you know who the primary patient will be, please make us aware when you are completing the new patient paperwork. If you are unsure if any family member has a diagnosis, your provider will help with this assessment. If symptoms do not support a diagnosis, self pay will be required.
Family sessions are between 26 and 50 minutes.
Couples Therapy (Marriage Therapy, Premarital Therapy)
Couples/Marriage/Premarital therapy are forms of psychotherapy that can help you and your partner improve your relationship. Ongoing relationship distress is harmful to each romantic partner’s mental and physical health and will almost certainly negatively impact the wellbeing of any children in the home.
Couples therapy can address a wide range of relationship issues. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss and resolve issues related to expectations of your roles in the relationship, beliefs and values, finances, time spent together, children, familial relationships, sex and intimacy, health issues, recurring conflicts, feelings of disconnection, an affair, issues related to sex and intimacy, external stressors and more. During this process, you may find that one or both of you would benefit from separate individual therapy sessions.
Couples therapy can help you at any stage of the relationship regardless of marital status, age, race, faith, or sexual orientation. Effective couples therapy can help you and your partner understand each other better, identify relationship issues, improve communication skills, resolve conflicts, strengthen friendship and attachment, terminate dysfunctional behavior and improve overall relationship satisfaction.
There are numerous approaches to couples therapy including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Couples Therapy, Gottman Method, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Relational Life Therapy (RLT). Your provider may lean towards one approach or pull from multiple approaches.
Insurance will require one partner be identified as the primary patient. The person named as the primary patient must have symptoms to endorse a diagnosis. If you know who the primary patient will be, please make us aware when you are completing the new patient paperwork. If you are unsure who has a diagnosis, your provider will help with this assessment. If symptoms do not support a diagnosis, self pay will be required.
Couples sessions are between 26 and 50 minutes and can be held in office or virtually.
Group Therapy is a unique kind of therapy where a group of people who are likely experiencing similar challenges get together to share difficulties and discuss strategies to manage those situations. Group therapy may have a specific focus or may be open to the group to decide the topic. Meetings may always be open to new members or closed once a sign up period is over. Meetings may run indefinitely or for a set period of time.
Group Therapy facilitates giving and receiving support which is proven to boost your overall health. When you feel good about helping someone else, or feel heard yourself, your brain releases dopamine, the “feel good”chemical messenger into your body.
We all need a safe place to talk things out. Group Therapy can be that for people looking to manage a mental health issue or major life change. A big part of the group therapy experience is recognizing that you are not alone, others understand your struggles, and others have made progress with those struggles. Group therapy gives you a voice. Expressing yourself can be healing. Group therapy can help you practice interacting with other people in a safe space. You’ll have an opportunity to lean into feeling accepted by others and to challenge yourself in making your needs known.
The technique used in group therapy sessions depends on the preferences of the therapist or facilitator leading the group. Experiential activities such as art, music, dance or movement therapy are ways to become more aware of yourself and feelings. Journaling and writing exercises are shown to decrease stress. Role playing can improve your ability to empathize and communicate.
Group therapy may be intimidating for some at first, but its value outweighs any initial awkwardness by providing a sounding board and social support.
Group therapy sessions will vary in duration, topics, number of participants, age of participants, and cost. Cost of therapy sessions can be billed through your insurance if there is an existing diagnosis and/or a referral from a provider. Self pay is accepted otherwise.
Medication management is an evidence-based approach that uses medication as part of an overall treatment plan. Medication Management for mental health concerns is a specialty. The goal is to reduce symptoms and improve functioning while minimizing side effects and risks associated with taking certain types of medications. Getting your medications right so you can feel better is critical to your wellbeing.
The benefits of psychiatric medications include improved symptom control, increased functioning, a better quality of life, reduced risk for mental health relapse or recurrence, and decreased hospitalizations due to psychiatric emergencies. Medication management is commonly used to treat a variety of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and more. In some cases, it may also be used to help manage physical symptoms associated with these conditions. Psychiatric medication management, alone or with psychotherapy, can be an important piece as you begin the process of finding healing and balance, leading to a good quality of life.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners have advanced degrees, specialized trainings and extensive knowledge in providing this care. Your provider will spend significant time working with you to gather your physical and mental health history, reviewing diagnoses, analyzing past and current medications and developing a treatment plan recommending the appropriate medication at the right dose. Once a medication has been prescribed, your provider will monitor your response to medication and make adjustments as needed.
Medication Management meetings may occur in the office or via telehealth or a combination of both.
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