...is personal allowing for deep and life-changing work. For maximum efficacy, the client and therapist meet for one hour a week with goals that include but are not limited to: improving overall mental health and well-being; helping with specific problematic behaviors, compulsions, emotions, or thoughts; and improving relationships and social skills. In individual therapy, healing occurs within the protection and safety of the therapeutic relationship. The therapeutic work deepens as trust is earned and new insights in life-long relational patterns become clearer and can become, with more awareness, healthier. The process of individual therapy includes: emotional awareness and insight; a more comprehensive understanding of problem areas; full-spectrum approaches to resolving difficulties including building coping skills and resilience. Initiating, tolerating, and sustaining change takes time, perseverance, curiosity, and understanding.
...is usually a follow-up, or addition to, individual therapy and involves a 90-minute session once a week. Process groups are the only therapeutic modality in which you can safely and consistently learn how you affect others and visa-versa--how others affect you. The circle of people in a group identify with, learn from, disclose to, and build trust with each other. The group therapist helps the group form safety and cohesiveness in order to examine group dynamics. Understanding patterns of relating, behaving, and thinking within the group translates to better relationships in life.
The complexity of group therapy mirrors the complexity of living in the world, with the added bonus of understanding interactions that sometimes happen too fast, or feel too volatile, outside of group. In group, because we slow down, have less to risk, and provide each other with support and encouragement, we can sometimes make tectonic-shift, tsunami-size breakthroughs in understanding relational dynamics and the part we play.
...creates subtle and dynamic shifts in the relationship and in each individual. This therapy typically focuses on restoring hope, exploring attachment patterns, as well as issues of power, voice, and expectations, with the goal of repairing wounds and restoring trust and intimacy. Couples therapy also involves helping people improve communication, resolve anger, and establish boundaries in family, work, and peer relationships. Couples therapy is not limited to romantic relationships, and can help resolve conflicts and improve communication between business partners, family members, and long-time friends.
...allows families, couples, and individuals in intimate relationships to safely and effectively improve the ways they communicate and interact. Family therapy views change in the context of systems or patterns of interaction between family members and the roles we sometimes unconsciously assign or take on. The focus of family therapy is to untangle an often complex weave of relational dynamics (sometimes involving double- and even triple-binds) in order to find healthier collaborations regardless of the origin of the problem, and regardless of whether the clients consider it an "individual" or "family" issue. The skills of the family therapist thus include the ability to influence conversations in ways that build upon the strengths, wisdom, and support of the wider system.
...is different from psychotherapy in that the focus is on the here-and-now, helping individuals identify and address specific current areas personal and/or professional. Life Coaching can include: transitions of all sorts, relationships, career changes, health issues, cultural divides, parenting, and much more. The focus is on maximizing strengths and gifts, minimizing obstacles and blocks, and choosing an optimal course of action to attain your goals.
...time-limited and subject-specific, will be announced as they become available, and in response to client requests. In the past they have included:
- Happiness 101
- Mindfulness and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
- Mapping Internal Systems + Creative Arts
- Fundamental of Relationships, Personal and Professional
- Building Resilience