Individual Therapy helps someone improve their functioning and relationships, often by resolving how the past affects the present. This can involve talk therapy, and/or...
"Power Therapies": Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy, Brainspotting, The Eye Node Technique, & Neurofeedback. These cutting-edge treatments can provide improved functioning and more rapid relief from distress than conventional therapies.
Both treat pain from disturbing life experiences, past & present, by jump-starting stalled information processing in the mind & body, desensitizing negative thoughts, feelings, & body sensations, and activating positive resources. It can be used to resolve traumas, improve relationships, alleviate performance anxiety, enhance functioning of people at work, on the playing field, and in the performing arts. For more information, click on www.emdr.com, www.emdria.org, www.biolateral.com, www.brainspotting.pro, and or go to the Helpful Information page.
Couples Therapy treats the relationship between two people, as well as the individual issues each brings to the relationship. It can range from providing communication skills, to dealing with family-of-origin issues that are being triggered in the present relationship. Couples therapy can help resolve mixed or conflicting feelings, improve the quality of their relationship over time, and assist parents to “stay on the same page” when dealing with their children. Often "Power Therapies" can also be used in couples treatment.
addresses the relationships in the family. This may involve clarifying who is in charge of what, maintaining appropriate boundaries, improving communication, resolving conflict, etc. Family therapy can be useful in helping to stabilize and re-balance relationships when someone is “rocking the boat.” This mode of treatment often helps ensure change, because it does not exclude anyone from the change process.
An Important Disclaimer About Therapy:
Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the therapist and the client, and the particular problems you bring forward. There are many different methods I may use to help you deal with issues. Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on your part . In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home .
Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Therapy is not always easy. You may find yourself having to discuss very personal information. You could find those conversations difficult or embarrassing, and you may be anxious during or after such conversations. As you learn more about yourself, you might become somewhat depressed. Counseling is intended to alleviate those kinds of problems, but sometimes—especially at first—as you get to the root of some things, you may feel them even more acutely than in the past. I may also ask you to do some things that might, at first, make you feel awkward or uncomfortable. Sometimes therapy requires trying new ways of doing things. You will always be free to move at your own pace, however. I will challenge you and your old ways of thinking about and doing things, but cannot offer any promise about the results you will experience. Your outcome will depend on many things.
On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have benefits. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. But there are no guarantees of what you will experience.