The Purpose of Psychotherapy
is to achieve freedom from old wounds, while
finding meaning, purpose, and renewed
direction in one's life.
Our practice focuses on treating issues that often accompany unresolved painful experiences, that can interfere with reaching life, career, and relationship goals. While we initially work with clients to help increase the ability to tolerate stress/distress and reduce symptoms, our primary goal is to help clients resolve underlying causes for symptoms, to heal past emotional, physical, and/or spiritual injury, and help clarify life aspirations. We offer treatment for the following challenges.
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a condition that can develop following a traumatic event perceived to be life threatening. Severe trauma can shatter an individual’s sense of safety and personal identity, and can lead to a number of challenges with everyday life. This disorder is sometimes thought of as specific to combat veterans but, in fact, can occur within any population or community following a traumatic event. PTSD can be mystifying and dismaying to individuals suffering from the condition and is often misunderstood by the people closest to the affected individual.
Sadness, feeling down, and having a loss of interest or pleasure in daily activities are feelings most people experience, from time to time. But when these feels persist and interfere with our lives, the issue may be depression. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression is the main cause of disability worldwide, and can affect adults, adolescents, and children.
There are different types of depressive disorders, that vary in presentation and duration.
Everyone experiences some anxiety. It is a normal response to a stressful event or perceived threat. Anxiety can range from feeling uneasy and worried to severe panic. Fear is a healthy survival instinct when it occurs in response to a realistically dangerous situation. When we experience fear our body goes through a cascade of changes that serve to protect us, and generate intense feelings of anxiety. The natural fear response helps us to either run for safety or become prepared to physically defend ourselves. When the fear exceeds our capacity to respond, we may experience a “freeze” response and feel unable to take action of any kind.
Trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances experienced that are perceived as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening, and can have lasting harmful effects on functioning in daily living, and on mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being. There are many treatments that can help.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a treatment model requiring both group and individual treatment. Group dynamics deepen learning, reinforce consistent acquisition and use of learned skills, and provide an additional level of support during treatment.