Counseling and therapy for individuals, families and groups

We offer seven different types of personal counseling and therapy...

Short-term, focused counseling
Traditional individual therapy
Life coaching
Couples counseling
Family counseling
Group therapy
Support groups

Short-term, focused counseling for patients seeking to tackle a specific issue in their lives. They may need help getting in touch with what's causing the issue, developing a strategy for resolving the issue and/or finding and maintaining the mental and emotional strength to deal with the issue. The duration and frequency of short-term, focused counseling is determined entirely by the circumstances.

Traditional individual therapy typically open-ended weekly counseling designed to increase a patient's self-awareness and ability to care for his/her own emotional needs over time. Sessions will focus on current issues in the patient's life and related experience from the patient's past.

Together, we will identify patterns among unsatisfying experiences, discover the root causes of these patterns, and develop ways to intervene so that the patient is freed from them for the long-term. Therapy typically ends when the patient feels able to meet his or her emotional needs independently.

Life coaching an increasingly popular form of counseling. Many patients seeking life coaching aren't feeling bad about anything in particular, but rather want to proactively plan to take their lives to some next level that they envision will bring them even greater satisfaction.

Life coaching may include ambitions related to career, adventure, family, love interests, retirement, physical health or lifelong goals. Some patients come to life coaching without a specific wish list, but want to develop one, which is fine too. Life coaching sessions may take place less frequently than other types of therapy -- anywhere from twice a month to twice a year.

Couples counseling for all types of couples in all stages of their relationship who want to enhance, heal or even amicably dissolve a marriage or romantic relationship. We'll work with patients to deepen healthy love relationships, resolve blocks to intimacy, and build or restore trust.

For individuals and couples involved in relationships that are ending, our counseling focuses on healthy separation and helping both individuals to move forward beyond the decoupling.

Family counseling

...helps to resolve ongoing miscommunication, disagreement, hostility or mistrust between parents and children and among siblings. It is particularly helpful for families with growing teenagers, and can be easily modified to accommodate families with younger children. Extended family members who live with or frequently visit the nuclear family are also welcome participants in and beneficiaries of family counseling.

We also provide counseling that's tailored for families with special needs members and for families caring for an aging parent.

Group therapy a unique and powerful way to help patients who are having difficulty with some aspect of their professional or social interactions. In group discussions, individual participants tend to recreate the behaviors that drove them to therapy in the first place. As they do, we'll help guide the group in giving constructive and compassionate feedback to each member and suggest alternative ways of communicating.

Over time, individual members become more self-aware through the group process and learn to anticipate the reactions of others and interact more healthfully -- capabilities they take with them out into the world. In turn, this helps them have more satisfying "real-world" relationships.

Support groups

...are those in which members share a common challenge in their lives. When the group meets, we facilitate the exchange of personal experiences among members, including approaches and techniques to the shared challenge that have worked particularly well (or particularly poorly). Members benefit from hearing each other's advice and experience, receiving the shared understanding of other group members, and developing a sense of empowerment with their challenge.

Members of support groups typically build bonds that they can rely on outside of the group.