Would you like to feel more joy and less worry? To work less and achieve more? To feel more positive, live more fully, and feel more connected? Our adult therapists can help.
Your goals and needs drive the entire therapy process. We use cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based techniques, and behavioral practices to help you work on your goals both in and out of our sessions with you.
We draw from varied and integrative treatment approaches, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, mindfulness-based practices, and family systems, in order to match each therapists’ areas of expertise with your individual needs.
We have therapists who specialize in working with students and professionals who are managing transitions; couples dealing with pregnancy loss or crisis; adults facing a crisis or life stress; divorcing and separating parents; and parents who need parenting advice and support.
In short-term counseling, the therapist uses an active, positive approach. First, we survey your goals and obstacles. Then we co-create a plan with you for enhancing your lifestyle, decreasing your stress, and developing more happiness and satisfaction in your relationships, your daily life, and your parenting and/or life pursuits.
You may need an avenue for talking through problems in order to gain support, increase understanding, and create positive changes. If so, long-term psychotherapy may be right for you: it offers you a chance to build a trusting relationship and relies on active efforts outside of our weekly meetings. We use a contemporary, positive psychodynamic, or relationship-focused approach, in combination with other approaches when working with you on a long-term basis.
Cognitive behavioral therapy
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an evidenced-based approach to treating depression and anxiety, as well as other mental health issues. In this form of treatment, the therapist helps you examine thoughts, feelings, and behavior patterns that underlie a problem. Treatment then focuses on replacing those patterns with more positive and productive thoughts and behaviors. This type of therapy involves challenging negative beliefs, practicing coping skills (which an include deep breathing, mindfulness techniques, or other relaxation strategies), and developing healthy self-care behaviors. By creating healthier patterns of thoughts and actions, clients begin to experience relief from symptoms and a greater sense of self-control and confidence in response to stressors.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This form of therapy can decrease or eliminate symptoms related to trauma for both children and adults. It also can be helpful for clients with panic disorder, phobias, performance anxiety, and a range of other issues.
EMDR is an integrative form of therapy that allows clients to resolve symptoms not only cognitively but also physiologically, which facilitates deeper healing and often faster positive change. Through the use of rapid eye movements or a hand-held stimulation device which delivers a gentle buzzing, bi-lateral brain stimulation helps clients to desensitize and then adaptively re-process distressing memories. After EMDR, clients can still remember the trauma or the anxiety trigger that they have reprocessed, but the disturbing feelings and thoughts have dissipated. Clients can experience relief from symptoms as well as a greater sense of control and confidence in their lives.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is an action-oriented therapeutic approach with roots in behavioral and cognitive behavioral therapy. It can be used to treat an array of conditions such as anxiety, depression, OCD, chronic pain, eating disorders and substance use disorders. Central to ACT is the idea that it’s not possible to control painful emotions and psychological experiences and our efforts to do so often create further distress. As psychologist and founder of ACT, Steve Hayes, explains, “We as a culture seem to be dedicated to the idea that ‘negative’ human emotions need to be fixed, managed, or changed—not experienced as part of a whole life. We are treating our own lives as problems to be solved as if we can sort through our experiences for the ones we like and throw out the rest.” ACT emphasizes using mindful awareness, identifying and connecting to values, and taking committed action toward what’s important in the face of challenging emotions and experiences. Ultimately, ACT encourages clients to accept their psychological experiences and make behavioral changes in order to to live a rich and meaningful life.