Whether you are trying to save your relationship, prepare for marriage, or adjust to a separation, therapy for you and your partner can help. Sometimes couples come to therapy to increase the passion in their relationship, while others are trying to decide whether or not to stay together. No matter what you and your partner are struggling with, couples therapy is a great place to resolve some of these issues.
Couples therapy is appropriate for:
Stress and adjustment
Parenting and co-parenting
Mental health-related issues
Family therapy is often the quickest and most effective way to decrease conflict, deal with stress, and facilitate positive change in your family. Our therapists are very comfortable and passionate about working with the entire family. Together we will address the way your family’s patterns of communication and behavior are affecting each individual involved in the family system.
Family therapy is appropriate for:
- Stress and adjustment
- Foster care
- Blended families
- Mental health-related issues
- Childhood disorders
- Interpersonal conflict
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based treatment approach with extensive research supporting its effectiveness in treating depression, anxiety disorders, and other mental health disorders in both children and adults. As noted by Dr. Aaron Beck with the Beck Institute,
CBT is a solution-focused approach to treatment, oriented toward solving problems and learning skills. The goal of CBT is to help people get better and stay better, and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in thousands of clinical trials…In CBT, the therapist and the client work together as a team to identify and solve problems. Therapists help clients overcome their difficulties by changing their thinking, behavior, and emotional responses.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) is an evidence based approach for individuals who have experienced a traumatic event and are experiencing trauma related symptoms. TFCBT with children/adolescents involves individual sessions, parent sessions, and conjoint parent / child session and focuses on psychoeducation, relaxation, affect regulation, cognitive coping, trauma processing, in vivo desensitization, and enhanced safety.
We have therapists on our team with extensive young child training who love supporting parents and caregivers of young children. Supporting parents in navigating their own emotional responses and creating a warm and structured family dynamic can be very effective in reducing anxiety, behavioral outbursts, inattention, and other symptoms commonly seen in young children. While child related “problems” are often complex; we know that the primary attachment figures of young children must be an integral part of the solution. Parenting support interventions pull from extensive research and therapy modalities, including, but not limited to: attachment theory, parenting styles research, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Conscious Discipline, Positive Parenting Program, and Circle of Security.
As described by EMDR Institute, Inc. “EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. Repeated studies show that by using EMDR therapy people can experience the benefits of psychotherapy that once took years to make a difference. It is widely assumed that severe emotional pain requires a long time to heal. EMDR therapy shows that the mind can in fact heal from psychological trauma much as the body recovers from physical trauma. When you cut your hand, your body works to close the wound. If a foreign object or repeated injury irritates the wound, it festers and causes pain. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. EMDR therapy demonstrates that a similar sequence of events occurs with mental processes. The brain’s information processing system naturally moves toward mental health. If the system is blocked or imbalanced by the impact of a disturbing event, the emotional wound festers and can cause intense suffering. Once the block is removed, healing resumes. Using the detailed protocols and procedures learned in EMDR therapy training sessions, clinicians help clients activate their natural healing processes.”
Internal Family Systems (IFS) is an innovative and powerful form of therapy that provides a framework for understanding and bringing balance to our inner worlds. The IFS framework looks at every person as a system with multiple parts, both protective parts and wounded parts. Certain parts of ourselves may be holding a lot of anxiety or anger. Certain parts of ourselves may be struggling with guilt or shame. IFS supports in bringing self-led energy to different parts of our psyche. Self energy, as conceptualized by IFS, can be embodied by the 8 C’s: compassion, curiosity, calm, confidence, courage, creativity, clarity, and connectedness. IFS is a non-pathologizing form of therapy that emphasizes that all parts are good parts. When we are struggling emotionally, there is an imbalance in our internal system and some of our parts may be overwhelming the system; IFS can help restore the balance in our internal systems.
Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) is a specific type of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy used to treat trauma symptoms in adults. CPT is a structured treatment approach that incorporates psychoeducation, exploring thoughts and feelings about past traumatic event(s), developing new skills, and reframing unhelpful belief systems that may be impacting trust, safety, intimacy, and esteem.