The decision to engage in therapy is a highly personal one, and the choice of psychologist is important in the development of a trusting relationship. We prefer to collaborate with our clients in decisions related to treatment goals and the most effective means of achieving those goals. Just as the reasons for seeking therapy are different for each client, we utilize a variety of counseling approaches to help clients achieve their goals.
Many clients prefer to work individually with a psychologist on issues of personal growth or alleviating distress. This approach utilizes the interpersonal relationship to help clients in problems of living, with the aim of increasing the individual's sense of well-being and reducing their sense of discomfort or unhappiness.
Conducted with couples in a marital or "significant other" relationship, the purpose is to assist the couple to work together as partners in communicating, expressing love, and solving the problems of daily life. The establishment of realistic expectations for the relationship and the development of effective conflict resolution skills are usually important goals.
Sessions are typically conducted with the whole family or with various combinations of family members, depending on particular goals. The process helps identify and modify maladaptive interaction patterns as well as foster group communication and problem solving skills. Although family work is often helpful in addressing the problems of an individual family member, an important goal of this work often is to improve the overall climate so that family members can experience more ease in relating with one another.
This approach is generally employed with younger children (preschool through elementary school) and provides a way for them to express their experiences and feelings through a natural, self-guided process. As children’s experiences and knowledge are often communicated through play, utilizing this approach can be an effective means of helping them to change their self-perceptions and their emotional and behavioral reactions to perceived stressors.