In our practice, we commonly see individuals seeking consultation on a wide range of issues – excessive anxiety, depression, anger management, loss and bereavement, and self-esteem are some examples.
People may be having difficulty managing reactions to a current situational stressor; or they may be addressing longer-term issues and patterns.
In either case, there are effective psychotherapy approaches – including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness – to help people reduce emotional reactivity, gain perspective, regulate emotion, self-soothe in healthy ways, and effectively assert themselves to get their needs met
Another area of specialty in our practice is recovery from sexual addiction. Often this involves individual work for the person struggling with addiction issues.
Partners can also seek individual therapy with another therapist in our practice if desired, to help them cope and respond to what is often a relationship crisis. Couples work is also available in our practice.
During an assessment phase therapists will work with you to determine what modalities are best for you and your partner.
People seeking relationship help can be seen individually if they wish. The therapist after getting to know you, may recommend couples therapy as an adjunct to the individual work, or instead of the individual work if that seems to be indicated. In that case, you would still have the option to just continue individually.
It may be necessary to seek individual therapy for relationship issues if a partner is unwilling to attend. As we discuss in the Frequently Asked Questions section: If you come in individually, you could still set a goal of having your partner participate.
We see relationship interaction as a kind of “dance.” If you gain clarity about your end of the equation, then you can change your “steps.”
And if you start a new dance that you think is good for both you and the relationship, and make a good invitation, many times your partner will come around and join in. This concept in the psychotherapy field is called “couples therapy with one partner present.”