Psychotherapy can be an effective way to alleviate distress, discover better ways to solve problems, address healthy lifestyle concerns, learn new ways of relating to others, or change long-term behavior problems. You can learn more about the process of therapy from the American Psychological Association: Understanding Psychotherapy.
Outpatient psychotherapy is available for a variety of emotional, interpersonal and behavioral difficulties such as depression, anxiety, relationship problems, assertiveness training, anger management, and bereavement (grief). Individuals also frequently seek therapy for adjustment problems related to life changes, such as those that may arise after divorce, relocation, job loss or other traumatic experiences.
Career counseling services can be used to help individuals identify vocational areas that match their interests, abilities and values, or to help with career decisions. In many cases, career difficulties affect other areas beyond the workplace (for example, relationship problems at home or with friends). In these cases, career counseling can be used to help discover ways to improve both work and personal interests.
To learn more about career counseling, review this article from Penn State University: Why Seek Career Counseling?
Services are available for children and adolescents to help with behavioral, emotional, learning and relationship problems. Therapists work with children and teens on a variety of difficulties including attention and hyperactivity disorders, anxiety, depression, social skills problems, disobedience, aggression, adjustment to divorce and/or blended families and problems at school. Additionally, our therapists serve children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Individual therapy with children and teens offers the opportunity to discuss problems one-on-one with a therapist,often in the context of therapeutic play activities. Discussions and activities are based on the age and developmental level of the client. For more information about when and how therapy can be useful: Should My Child See a Therapist?
The Child and Adolescent Therapy team also welcomes parents/caregivers who seek help with the challenges of raising their children. Often, issues that affect one family member affect all. In these situations, therapists work with children, parents, and guardians to learn new ways of relating to each other. Topics may include a variety of issues such as disobedience, aggression, adjustment to changing family situations, or dealing with difficult family members. For more information about what to expect from family therapy: What is Family Therapy?
Many relationship difficulties can be improved through education and/or psychotherapy. When couples are experiencing difficulties in communication, problem solving and intimacy, counseling can help to resolve these problems and enhance relationships. Through education and self-exploration, counseling can provide couples the psychological tools necessary to develop a more rewarding relationship. The CPSD sees couples - married, partnered, unmarried - at all stages of their relationship. The article What You Can Expect from Couples Therapy from the Mayo Clinic may help you better understand couples counseling.
Group therapy has been shown to be as effective as individual therapy in treating a wide variety of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral concerns. Additionally, the ability to grow together, through shared experiences, can be a powerful way to improve mental health and promote lasting change beyond the group setting.
The CPSD offers a variety of therapy groups: group descriptions and the current schedule.
Process Groups. The CPSD uses “process” therapy groups that are open to any problem type and include people from diverse backgrounds. Individuals in process groups can gain an understanding of the origins of their problems, learn to talk honestly about their emotions, and identify patterns in thinking, feelings, and behaviors.
Anxiety Group. The CPSD's Anxiety Clinic offers a group that uses cognitive-behavioral therapy to target social anxiety, panic attacks, worry, obsessions and compulsions, phobias, post-traumatic stress, and other anxiety-related concerns. Members learn about anxiety and specific coping skills. Members then practice these skills in gradual exposure exercises and learn to apply their skills to future situations and other areas of concern.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group. The CPSD offers a DBT skills group that provides concrete strategies for improving interpersonal relationships, managing your emotions, and tolerating distressing situations. One mechanism for the training includes learning mindfulness skills. This group is offered in combination with individual services at the CPSD, and you must be in individual therapy while in the group. The group is helpful for a wide variety of psychological and interpersonal problems and is not limited to a specific kind of problem.
CPSD therapy groups typically meet one time per week on different nights. Here is our current schedule.
Therapy groups offer several advantages over individual therapy. For example, groups provide a unique opportunity to use relationships to solve problems in an environment that more closely resembles real-world social experiences. Other advantages include the members' opportunity to exchange social feedback, improve communication skills, reduce social isolation, and try new behaviors in a safe, supportive social environment. Because sharing personal information can be difficult, group members decide what is discussed and are encouraged to share only when they are comfortable.
Assessment and therapy address different needs. Assessments are a time-limited process, designed to efficiently gather a large amount of information to render a diagnosis and treatment recommendations. The goal of therapy, on the other hand, is to provide treatment over a longer period of time. It is not necessary to complete an assessment before beginning therapy, though sometimes we may suggest this as a first step, to help us better understand your strengths and challenges, or to clarify appropriate treatment goals.