Therapy (Individual, Couples, Family & Child)

At IPD we  offer: Individual Therapy, Child Therapy, Family Therapy and Couples Counseling. Read more about conditions we help treat as well as information on how therapy works and choosing a clinician.

Individual Therapy

While the overall goal of therapy is the very vague 'to be happier,' you may not have any idea what that means for you yet. That's okay. Your therapist can help you break down your overall goal into smaller, achievable goals. When you start therapy, your therapist can help you clarify what's not working in your life.

Specifically, your therapist will help you increase your clarity about:

  • The kind of life you want to build
  • The kind of changes you want to make
  • Your beliefs about the presenting problem
  • The scope and impact of your presenting problem
  • The skills and knowledge necessary to achieve your goals
  • Your blocks to becoming the kind of person you aspire to be
  • The kind of person you aspire to be in order to build the kind of life you want

Your Responsibility
While having a good therapist is important, what you do with the therapist is just as important. Therapy is not passive. It requires your active participation, motivation and commitment. Clients who work hard at helping themselves are more likely to have successful therapy outcomes.

During your sessions, try to:

  • Give your therapist access to the real you. This means being totally honest and vulnerable.
  • Rip down the walls you've built to protect yourself. Only when you stop hiding behind those walls and instead reveal your true thoughts and feelings can you can get honest, useful feedback.
  • Give your therapist feedback. Tell him/her about how you experience the session, what's helpful/unhelpful, and your reactions to both the therapist and the therapy in general.
  • Providing this feedback enables your therapist to better meet your needs.
  • Think critically about your sessions, and feel free to question your therapist's instructions, skills, and motives.
  • Periodically ask your therapist to assess your progress with you (if your treatment is longer-term).
  • You can maximize the benefit you get from your therapy by devoting time to your growth between sessions, as well.

Before every meeting, try to:

  • Reflect on your goals for being in therapy
  • Think about the next step you want to take to get closer to reaching your goals
  • To create the life you really want, you will have to prioritize your therapy and your growth. This looks different for each person, but may mean spending some of your free time differently, tolerating temporary emotional discomfort in the name of lasting change, and being open to change -- even if it's scary.

Listen to Your Discomfort
Expect emotional discomfort, as it is always part of the growth process. In therapy you will take risks, and try novel ways of thinking and behaving. Your growth depends on your ability to tolerate this discomfort. It's crucial to choose a therapist you trust so that when discomfort strikes, you feel safe enough to let down your walls and examine the cause.

Discomfort is revealing and useful
Often it signals a problem area for you, and exploring it with your therapist can be a catalyst for profound change. There is an exception, however. If your discomfort stems not from your own 'stuff' but from your relationship with your therapist, it could be a red flag telling you that your therapist may not be right for you. Trust yourself on this.

Be Open to Change
You're entering therapy for support and guidance as you make changes in your life. Since how you've been living (thinking, behaving, etc.) is no longer working for you, it's time to take your life off of autopilot and try something new. If you're with a therapist you trust, take the risk & you have nothing to lose.

Child Therapy

A child therapist requires special training and experience. Obviously the skills, personality and demeanor used when dealing with a child are much different than when providing therapy for an adult. One of the leading types of child therapy is "play therapy". The therapist interacts with the child while playing a game, playing with toys, doing puzzles, and other fun things that allow a child to relax and be themselves. Therapy like this is especially effective in situations where children may be emotionally unstable or hurt (grief from the passing of a loved one, dealing with their parents' divorce, social anxiety, bullying at school, physical deformities, recovering from sexual abuse).

With the child being at ease, the therapist can communicate with them more easily, and there is less pressure and anxiety for the child. While speaking with the child, the therapist also takes notice of what the child chooses to play with, how they play, how they interact with a playing partner, and more. These keen observations can sometimes tell more about a child's personality and what they are currently feeling than any conversation can.

Playing also makes the child feel that they are in a safe and familiar environment. The increased comfort level allows the child to speak freely and express their emotions. Children may have trouble expressing their emotional problems with their parents for fear of upsetting or disappointing them. A therapist offers a consequence free environment so that children can say whatever is on their mind. Giving a child an open forum to speak their mind can help them to bring their problems into the open and find out what is at the root of their anger, depression, aggressiveness, or whatever the issue may be.

The parents will also be involved in this process as well. The therapist will meet with the parents to keep them informed on the progress of the therapy. They may also make suggestions to use in the home to benefit the therapeutic process. You may need to set more restrictions in some cases for your child, and loosen restrictions for others.

Therapy gives your child an outlet to express their problems and issues in a safe and comfortable environment that they might not have available elsewhere. This can help to resolve any emotional or mental issues they may be dealing with. The goal of therapy for your child is to increase their overall well being and to set them on the right path to develop emotionally, socially, and mentally. If you think your child can benefit from therapy please call to schedule a consultation today.

Family Therapy

Attachment Issues

There are many issues that can arise in a family setting that can affect the family dynamic and cause emotional issues for different members of the family. Children are at the highest risk to be affected by these family issues. One of the main problems that arises are attachment issues, either becoming too dependent on a parent, or not forming enough of an attachment with a parent.

Many children and parents have a difficult time on the first day of day care or school, which can especially be a problem with first born children. A little bit of anxiety or nerves is normal for this transition and can be expected. Some people, however, experience higher levels of anxiety that can lead to emotional troubles. Some children have a difficult time adjusting to being away from their parents. The anxiety may cause them to be anti-social with other children, not participate in class, act out in class, or other forms of rebellion. Some parents may become depressed because of the separation from their child. They can become so attached to their child because they are together so much that the separation is difficult to deal with. Therapy can help in these cases where the anxiety or depression exceeds what is to be expected. A therapist can help to manage these feelings and ease the anxiety from separation. A child therapist can also help children feel more at ease and help to develop social skills so they are happier at school or any situation away from their parents.

The opposite can also be true in situations where children do not receive enough attention or care. Children need a solid, constant source of care. Whether it be a revolving door of nannies, moving from foster home to foster home, parental neglect, parents working long hours, emotional problems that prevent a parent from caring for a child, or the loss of a parent, there are many situations that can disrupt a child's emotional development. Therapy can help the child express their emotions and deal with any attachment disorders they may have. It also brings the issues to the attention of the parents so they can better deal with the situation and make more time for their child.

Divorce

Divorce obviously affects the couple that is going through the process, but it also has a resounding effect on the children the couple may have. Divorce is a tumultuous time for a family, and people will react to a divorce in different ways. It is important to discuss a divorce with children before any major changes happen. If you and your spouse have decided to get a divorce you should sit your children down and explain to them what is happening. You do not have to give a specific reason for why you have decided to get a divorce, but you should make sure you do not present your spouse in a negative light and emphasize that your children were not the reason for the divorce. If a child thinks this it could be crippling to their mental state. The conversation may be different depending on the age of your children as well. You children should know what changes to expect and you should prepare them for the process. The more up front you are with your children, the easier the transition will be.

Some children might have a hard time discussing the divorce with their parents due to apprehension or not wanting to seem like they are taking sides. If your child is having a difficult time dealing with divorce a therapist can offer an outlet to discuss their feelings and provide a way for them to deal with the divorce in a healthier way.

Blended Families

After a divorce you may decide to remarry. This is another major change for both you and your children. A new environment and new living situation is something that can be difficult to adjust to for children of any age. If you notice that your child's behavior is changing, they are displaying resentment or aggression towards new members of the family, or feels excluded it is a sign that they are having issues adapting. There will obviously be an initial phase of uneasiness or apprehension, but if this continues it could be a deeper issue. If you feel like your child is not adapting to the new situation you should try to talk to them and find out what is bothering them. If you are not able to help, a therapist can be very effective at finding out what is troubling your child and help them deal with their emotions.

Couples Counseling

Let's face it, couples argue. A certain amount of arguing is even healthy for a relationship. It helps bring relationship issues to the forefront so that they can be confronted and worked on to strengthen your bond. When these arguments carry on for long periods of time, become a frequent occurrence, or lead to violence they become a problem that weakens and endangers the relationship.

The key to any healthy relationship is communication. When communication breaks down it can put distance between the people involved in the relationship and damage it. If you feel that you are not able to effectively communicate with your partner, couples therapy can help. Couples therapy teaches you to communicate in a more effective manner. Skills like listening and compromising are enforced so that disagreements can be settled in a way that leaves both sides feeling better.

Intimacy issues are another reason a couple may consider therapy. It is a difficult issue to bring up for many people and involves many sensitive topics. A therapist can help by asking the right questions and putting the couple at ease when discussing such a personal subject.

Another reason for couples therapy could be for parenting help. You may have a different outlook on parenting than your spouse. The upbringing of a child is one of the most important responsibilities of a couple and it can lead to problems. If you and your spouse are divorced it can introduce more challenges into the process. A couples therapist can help you reach agreements on how to raise your children and instill effective ways to communicate with each other and with your children.

Many people think of couples counseling as a last resort before divorce, but that is absolutely not the case. Couples therapy can help couples with good relationships become even stronger. If you would like to discuss options for couples counseling please call us today.

Anxiety & Panic Attacks

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental health issue, affecting over 25 million Americans. Everyone gets nervous or anxious from time to time, but anxiety disorders are different. These disorders are accompanied by chronic anxiety brought on by certain situations that cannot be controlled. It can result in panic attacks which are characterized by shortness of breath, chest pain, dizziness, sweating, trembling, nausea, and even the feeling of dying. Many people who experience panic attacks believe that they are having a heart attack because of the intense and sudden symptoms.

Anxiety disorders can be caused by many things including traumatic experiences, neglect or abuse during childhood, or other events that have had a lasting effect on your psyche and mental state. Anxiety disorders can interfere with peoples' everyday lives including work, school, and social relationships. Someone suffering from anxiety disorder will avoid situations and places that trigger their anxiety which can have a huge impact on their livelihood.

Anxiety disorder does not have to be permanent. Therapy can help to lessen or even eliminate anxiety from your life. The root cause of the anxiety, no matter how troublesome it is, needs to be dealt with. Discussing the problem or event and gaining a better understanding of it can help to limit the anxiety associated with it. Many times these issues need to be faced head on, and it can be difficult, but it is necessary to help conquer the anxiety. If anxiety is affecting your everyday life, call us to find out how we can assist you.

Depression

Depression is a condition that affects millions of people. Many think that depression is just being sad or "down in the dumps" but this not the case. Depression is a chronic condition with symptoms that can vary between different people. Depression affects the way you live your life and you will seem like a different person than you once were. Some common symptoms of depression are:

  • Constantly feeling sad
  • Feeling worthless
  • Apathy
  • Loss of appetite or inability to control eating
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Lack of interest in things you once enjoyed
  • Lack of desire to socialize or interact with others
  • Inability to concentrate on small tasks
  • Lack of sleep or too much sleep
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Suicidal thoughts (If you are contemplating suicide please call us or 1-800-273-8255 to speak with someone immediately).

Depression can be brought on by dramatic changes in your life. The loss of a loved one, loss of your job, moving to a new, unfamiliar place and many other factors can cause you to become depressed. There are anti-depressant medications available to help, but sometimes the best help can be to discuss your feelings. Therapy provides an outlet for you to discuss what is bothering you and try to find a solution or release to improve your state of mind. Discussing your feelings can help to give reasons for why you are feeling a certain way. This can allow you to manage and balance your emotions and find ways to effectively deal with them.

When you are depressed you should attempt to surround yourself with things and people that make you happy. Feelings of gratification can give you a sense of accomplishment and improve your mood. Showing yourself that you can accomplish goals can have a huge impact on your self-worth and emotional well being.

If you feel you are depressed or may be at risk for depression please call us. We can help you overcome your feelings of depression and help you enjoy all of the things that once made you happy again.

Stress

We encounter stress in our lives every day. There are low stress decisions like what to cook for dinner and also high stress occurrences like the loss of a loved one. Effectively managing the stressors in our lives can be a cumbersome task. Our ability to manage our stress level can be directly related to our level of happiness and emotional well being.

A manageable level of stress is a good thing for many people. Overcoming stressful situations can give us a sense of accomplishment and increase our morale. If you are under a consistent level of high stress or if you are having trouble dealing with a particularly stressful event in your life it can impact you negatively, even leading to depression. Stress can be caused by both negative and positive events in our lives. The loss of a loved one, the loss of a job, or the ending of a relationship are examples of highly stressful negative events. Receiving a new job or promotion, getting married, and the birth of a child are examples of positive events that are also very stressful. A stressful event or combination of stressors can lead to clinical depression in some people.

Different periods during our lives have different stressors as well. During early adulthood moving away from your parents to go to college or start a new job is a major life event and possible source of stress. During middle age people must deal with their children leaving for the first time, career stresses, the death of their parents, and many other factors. During later life some people may be stressed by their retirement. Most people see this as relaxing and stress relieving, but some people do not know what to do with themselves after retiring, and there might be worries over finances. Stress never goes away during our lifetime. Our ability to manage stress is what will determine our emotional mindset.

If you feel anxiety because you are having trouble managing stress in your life, or become depressed because you do not want to deal with it anymore please contact us. There are many effective methods to help manage your stress and balance your life. Don't let stress prevent you from living a fulfilling and happy life.

Grief

Grief is what we experience after a significant loss in our lives. It is most commonly associated with the loss of a loved one, but can also apply to the loss of a job, home, pet, or other significant thing or possession in our lives. There are many emotions that we go through, and you may be familiar with the "Kubler-Ross Model" more commonly known as the 5 stages of grief or loss. The stages are:

  1. Denial
  2. Anger
  3. Bargaining
  4. Depression
  5. Acceptance

Not everyone experiencing grief will go through each stage, and they will not necessarily occur in order. It is more of an outline to show the wide array of feelings that we can go through when dealing with loss. The factors involved in the loss will also determine the length of the grieving process and the severity of emotions we feel. The strength of the relationship of the person you lose, the support group around you, how someone passed away, and other outside factors in your life will all have an effect on the grieving process.

Grieving is an important and necessary process. Some people will try to push off the grieving process either to care for other family members, focus on other events in their life, or try to avoid it all together. This can allow the pain from the loss to grow or linger. Grieving allows us to deal with our emotions and face the reality of the situation. When this is pushed off it only makes the process more difficult later on. If you are having difficulty with the grieving process you should consider visiting a therapist.

Talking about the loss of a loved one, looking back on memories, and talking about life without them are subjects that can be difficult to talk about, especially with other friends or family who might be going through the same grieving process. A therapist will listen intently to what you have to say and provide you with an outlet to express your emotions and work through the grieving process. This is extremely helpful and can prevent you from dealing with bouts of depression. Grief also might bring on emotions that are unfamiliar for some people because they have not experienced them before. A therapist can help to explain these feelings and offer ways to effectively deal with them.

The loss of a loved one will never completely stop hurting. You will be reminded of that person from time to time and it may be difficult to think about them. Counseling is not a "cure" for grief, but a way to manage the feelings you have during the grieving process. Remembering the good times you experienced with your loved one and having positive thoughts about them is an effective way to overcome the sad feelings that accompany grief.

If you have recently experienced a difficult loss in your life we are here for you. Call us to schedule an appointment to receive counseling today.

Anger Management

Anger is an emotion that we all experience. It can be spurred by disappointment, shame, confusion, sadness, and other negative emotions. The way that we express our anger can take many forms, and it is important for your mental state to effectively manage and release anger.

Some people have a problem expressing their anger which can lead to problems. Some will react with hostility, rage, violence, or self-destructive behavior. This puts the person and anyone around them in potential danger. Releasing anger in this manner can cause you to hurt yourself or others, say or do things that cannot be taken back, or even get you into legal trouble. High levels of stress or the use of drugs and alcohol can increase the likelihood that someone will react to anger in this way.

Other people have the opposite problem where they hold all of their anger inside. They may seem calm and collected externally, but bottling up your anger can lead to other problems. It can cause depression or anxiety if not dealt with properly. It is also possible that the anger can "build up" until it eventually bursts.

If you are having trouble managing your anger a therapist can benefit you. We can help you develop effective ways to release and manage your anger. Channeling your anger into another activity (i.e. writing, running, working out, etc.) can provide an outlet where that anger can be used in a positive manner. Speaking to a therapist about what makes you angry and figuring out why can also help you manage your anger in similar situation in the future. Call us today to learn how to effectively manage your anger before it becomes a larger problem.

Addictions

People can become addicted to just about anything. Some of the more common addictions are smoking, drugs, alcohol, gambling, sex, and shopping among countless others. An addiction is when you feel a compulsive need to do something and you have no ability to control that desire. Addictions can interfere with your way of life, be detrimental to your health, cause financial problems, damage your family or social relationships, and completely overtake your life. Addictions can also cause you to hurt yourself or someone you love.

We can help you manage your addictions through behavioral and cognitive counseling. The type of therapy you undergo will differ based on the type of addiction you have and the severity of that addiction. If it is a particularly harmful addiction the therapy will be intensive with an objective of stopping the behavior as soon as possible. Other addictions that have less serious consequences can take on a more gradual process. Your therapist will help you develop a plan to eliminate your compulsive behavior. When trying to quit an addiction your stress level will increase, so it is important to speak with your therapist about managing your stress. You will also speak to your therapist about what makes you act on your impulses, how you feel when you act on them, if your actions are related to any other events in your life, etc. This can help you determine the reason for the addiction and help you to better deal with it.

If you are battling an addiction that is having a negative effect on your life, therapy can help you to beat the addiction. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are a serious affliction affecting about 11 million Americans. Of those 11 million, about 10 million are females. Eating disorders, in simple terms, are when you have an unhealthy relationship with food. There are different forms of eating disorders that involve fasting, binge eating, or purging. There are underlying mental or emotional issues that accompany eating disorders. People with eating disorders might have a fear of being overweight, be obsessed with their body image, or have illogical or unreal expectations about how they should look.

Anorexia
Anorexia is an eating disorder where people become obsessed with losing weight. They fast or eat very little, causing them to lack the necessary vitamins and nutrients necessary for proper body function. Many anorexics continue to think that they are overweight even when they are drastically underweight. Besides the emotional insecurities associated with anorexia, there are also physical consequences to the disorder. Anorexics drop to an unhealthy body weight, often appearing to be just "skin and bones". Hair and nails become dry and brittle and the skin becomes pale and sickly. Prolonged anorexia can also cause women to miss menstrual cycles.

Bulimia
People suffering with bulimia fluctuate between periods of fasting and refusing food, followed by binges where they overeat. The act of overeating can cause feelings of guilt. To compensate for the binge eating many people with bulimia will induce vomiting. Others will use laxatives, fast after the binge for an extended period, or over-exercise. This behavior is cyclical and can occur several times a week or up to several times a day. There are many physical problems that can result from bulimia including dehydration, constipation, gastric reflux, infertility, problems with the esophagus from vomiting, erosion of the teeth from gastric acid during vomiting, ulcers, and more.

Bulimia can be much tougher to detect because those suffering from bulimia are very secretive about it. Most people with bulimia are of about average weight, so their physical appearance would not suggest that they have an eating disorder. If you suspect a friend or family member may be suffering from bulimia there are some signs to look for:

  • Frequent trips to the bathroom right after meals
  • Frequent complaints of a sore throat
  • Cuts or scarring on the back of the hand (From inserting fingers into their throat to induce vomiting)
  • Frequent weight fluctuations
Self Esteem

Our self esteem has a large impact on how we live our life, our emotional stability, and our overall level of happiness. Self esteem is how we feel about ourselves, our own personal morale, but it is also affected by how others interact with us, and how we perceive other peoples' feelings about us. Low self esteem can lead to feelings of worthlessness, make us avoid social situations, and lead to clinical depression.

Self esteem has a general pattern throughout life. Self esteem is high during childhood, drops during adolescence, rises throughout adulthood, and then drops in old age. Obviously not everyone will follow the same path, and major life events and changes will affect self esteem as well. Excelling in school, athletics, or your career can boost self esteem. Making friends and successful romantic relationships can also raise self esteem. Losing your job or performing poorly in school can lower self esteem, as can difficulty in making friends or the break up of a relationship. Your self esteem will obviously fluctuate throughout life, but they key is to never let yourself get too low.

It is also important to not allow your self esteem to be exclusively determined by what other people think about you. You should allow yourself time for personal introspection and self evaluation. If you are satisfied with who you are as a person you will maintain a high level of self esteem. If you see things that you don't like about yourself, you can work at those things to become better as a person. Setting reachable goals and working towards them will give you a sense of accomplishment. Reaching personal goals is a great way to improve self esteem.

If you are having trouble dealing with low self esteem a therapist can help. By discussing what makes you feel bad about yourself you can pinpoint personal issues and develop a plan to better yourself. In most cases there is no reason a person should have low self esteem. They may be putting too much pressure on themselves or be dealing with high levels of stress. Learning to deal with pressure and stress can greatly improve self esteem. Call us today if you would like to schedule time to speak with a therapist.

Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse is a serious issue, both medically and legally. Domestic abuse can be physical, sexual, or emotional. For many people it may be difficult to understand or accept the fact that they are in an abusive relationship. They may make excuses for the abuse like, "They just lost their temper, that is not who they really are."

Domestic abuse is often cyclical. There is the initial phase where tension builds in the relationship until it eventually reaches a breaking point and the abusive phase begins. After the abuse there is usually a "honeymoon" stage where the abuser apologizes and may buy gifts or give special attention to their partner. This stage, while appearing to be sincere and apologetic, usually just serves to perpetuate the abuse. This can be confusing for the person being abused and make them want to stay in the abusive relationship. Some may even feel that they deserved to be abused due to emotional issues like low self-esteem or depression.

Both parties in an abusive relationship can benefit from therapy. The person being abused can visit a therapist to learn when a relationship is abusive, how to raise their self-esteem, or how to deal with any emotional trauma they may have from the abuse. The abuser can also benefit from therapy. Many people who engage in domestic abuse were abused themselves as a child, or witnessed abuse in their home. They also might have problems controlling their anger. During therapy they can discuss past events that might have led them to this behavior, and discuss how they can go about changing it. Finding other outlets and ways to deal with their anger can prevent them from domestic abuse in the future. If you are in an abusive relationship or feel that you may have anger management problems that cause you to abuse your partner please call us immediately. We can help you find a way out of your abusive relationship, or teach you ways to deal with disagreements and anger in more productive ways.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

OCD is a disorder where people have constant and repetitive thoughts, sensations, feelings, or impulses (obsessions) that they alleviate by performing tasks, rituals, or certain behaviors (compulsions). Common obsessions are contamination, hurting oneself or others, or cause of a catastrophic event among others. People with OCD feel like if they do not carry out the compulsions - counting, hoarding, ordering, checking, or performing another routine - they will allow their obsession to happen.

OCD interferes with daily life because those suffering from it need to carry out these rituals. It can cause them to miss important events, interfere with social relationships, and in severe cases consume them completely. The fear and anxiety associated with missing a routine can be debilitating as well. Therapy can help to manage these obsessions. It may take time to eliminate compulsions from your life. This is done incrementally, maybe removing one step from a routine at a time to show that there are no consequences with not doing something. Your therapist can develop a plan of action to free you from your compulsive behavior.

Suicide

Suicidal thoughts may accompany various mental or emotional disorders. They are a gravely serious symptom and help should be sought immediately if you encounter them. People may contemplate suicide when they experience:

  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Feelings that the world would be a better place without them
  • Feeling they have no other way out of a bad situation
  • A sense that their pain and suffering is permanent
  • A belief that there is no reason to live

Even though these thoughts are very difficult to deal with, suicide is never the answer. There are many people willing and able to help people encountering suicidal thoughts. If you think that a friend of loved one may be contemplating suicide, look for these signs.

  • Expressing feelings of sadness, loneliness, or worthlessness
  • Putting their affairs in order
  • Openly speaking about the afterlife or what life would be like without them
  • Visiting people to say goodbye
  • Drastically changing from depressed or sad to extremely happy
  • Self harm or threatening to commit suicide

If you are having suicidal thoughts please contact us immediately. You can also visit this website, http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ or call 800-273-8255.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

PTSD is a disorder that affects people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event. It is normal for people who have undergone trauma to have anxiety, trouble sleeping, fear, and other symptoms for up to a month after the event. If these symptoms persist, it could be a case of PTSD.

Personal experiences such as going to war, being in prison, rape, assault, witnessing a murder or natural disaster, or other severe experiences can all be classified as traumatic. Adjusting to life after a traumatic event can take time, but many people are able to successfully make the transition. Other people are not able to deal with the traumatic event as easily. Some signs of PTSD are:

  • Constantly reliving the event
  • Thinking the event will happen again
  • Trouble sleeping or nightmares about the event
  • Reactions to impulses that remind you of the event
  • Paranoia

While the thoughts of the event might affect some people, others may be consumed by trying to block out the event completely. They will avoid people, places, images, sounds, and other stimuli that remind them of the traumatic event.

Therapy can help those suffering from PTSD. Through talk therapy we can slowly revisit the event so that it can be understood, dealt with, and eventually accepted on a personal level. Therapy can also help you manage your reactions to stimuli that remind you of the event. You can live a normal life after going through a traumatic event, call us today.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Many therapists use a combination of cognitive and behavioral therapies when working with patients. Cognitive therapy is focused on one's thoughts and beliefs. Discussing your thoughts and beliefs, what makes you think about certain things, and how these thoughts affect you are all discussed in cognitive therapy. The therapist is focused on helping you manage thoughts that cause anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional problems.

Behavioral therapy is often used in conjunction with cognitive therapy to help the patient find a resolution to their problems. Behavioral therapy techniques such as relaxation and breathing exercises can help to curb negative thoughts and allow you to more easily discuss difficult subjects and deal with them calmly.

When To Seek Therapy

Therapists are trained to help you work through difficult periods in your life, or to overcome mental or emotional disorders. Many people are apprehensive about seeing a therapist, but there is absolutely no need to be. Seeking help is the first step towards recovery. Seeing a therapist shows that you are strong enough to face your problem head on. It is up to you to decide that you want to feel better, and a therapist is there to help you achieve your goals. You should see a therapist if you are struggling with personal issues, having family/marriage trouble, battling a mental or emotional disorder, struggling with change in your life, or any other situation where talking with someone can help.

  • Emotional Distress
  • Grief Counseling
  • Marriage/Couples Counseling
  • Depression
  • Recovery From Trauma
  • Personal Growth
  • Sexual Problems
  • Clinical Disorders/Diseases

Please let us know if there is any way that we can help you. We are always here for you, and always appreciate hearing from our patients or new patients.

Choosing A Therapist

Choosing a therapist is an important first step in your recovery process. You will be sharing some intimate details with your therapist and discussing some difficult topics. You need to make feel you feel comfortable with your therapist and feel free to openly communicate with them. It is a good idea to meet with a therapist before scheduling any sessions so that you know you are comfortable with them. Here are some other questions to consider.

1. What is their expertise?
Many therapists are qualified to help you in many different situations, but some therapists fill specific roles or deal with specific subjects within therapy. There are marriage counselors, child therapists, family therapists, therapists who specialize in certain disorders, and so on. If you want to see a therapist for a specific issue, it might be a good idea to find a specialist who fits your needs.

2. What do they think is the cause of most peoples' problems?
Over years of experience therapists develop certain ways of dealing with patients and approaching their issues. Of course each patient is different, but they use commonalities in past patients to develop a course of action. You should speak with your therapist and how they plan to treat you to make sure you are comfortable with their beliefs and practices.

3. What is their fee?
Mental health is something that is covered by more insurance companies today compared to past years. You can check with your provider to see what forms or therapy or which therapists are included in your plan. There might be a co-pay for your visit, and there is always the possibility that the treatment is not covered. A therapist's fees will also differ based on their level of experience, training, and specialization. Check with us and your insurance company before scheduling an appointment.

4. What would my appointment schedule be?
Your appointment schedule will be determined by the recommended type of therapy for your specific needs. More intensive therapy might call for multiple appointments per week, while less intensive therapy might be once a month. We are flexible on time of day and days of the week for appointments as well. Call our office to find out what times are available.

How Does Therapy Work?

This is a question that has a different answer for every person. The main objective of therapy is to have the patient leave the session feeling better than before. Therapy might work by allowing a person to talk about their personal problems. It might try to alleviate symptoms of a clinical disorder. It might help someone begin the grieving process after a loss. Therapy is a forum for people who are having emotional or mental difficulties feel better about themselves.

For therapy to be most effective the patient needs to be open to the idea of therapy. Many topics covered in therapy are very personal and difficult to discuss, but the more open the patient is the more they will get out of therapy. A therapist can aid in this process by being welcoming and forming a good relationship with the patient.

If you have questions about how we can help you and your situation specifically please give us a call. We can discuss what methods will be used, develop a plan of action, and show you how therapy can help improve your well-being.