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Individual Therapy is a form of psychotherapy or individual counseling in which the client and the clinician meet one-on-one (usually from 45 to 50 minutes). These sessions typically occur weekly or every other week, and sessions are conducted in a confidential and caring environment. The clinician will work with clients to help them explore their feelings, work through life challenges, identify aspects of themselves and their lives that they wish to change, and set goals to help them work towards these changes. A client might see a clinician for only a few sessions, or the client may attend individual therapy sessions for a year or longer. The amount of time spent in therapy depends on the needs of the client as well as the client’s personal goals.
Couples therapy is for couples who are in a relationship, married or not. The focus of couples therapy is to identify the presence of dissatisfaction and distress in the relationship, and to devise and implement a treatment plan with objectives designed to improve or alleviate the presenting symptoms and restore the relationship to a better and healthier level of function. The goal of therapy is to improve the couples’ relationship. Although the focus of couples’ therapy is on the couple, there are times when the individual psychological issues of one or both parties need to be addressed.
Therapy often includes sessions designed to improve problem solving, build communication skills, and identify life goals and relationship responsibilities. Other common issues include communication difficulties, infidelity, anger, financial problems, illness, and other life changes. Depending on the level of distress in the relationship, therapy can be short term or over a period of several months.
Group therapy is diverse. There are two general ways of categorizing group therapy, by the time limits set on the duration of the group, and by the focus of the group and the way group members are selected.
First, group therapy can be offered on an ongoing basis or for a specific number of sessions. In an ongoing group, once the group starts, it continues indefinitely, with some group members completing treatment and leaving the group, and others joining along the way as openings are available in the group. Most of these groups have between six and twelve members, plus the clinician. There are some clinicians who have had a therapy group running for several years.
Time limited groups are limited in the amount of time they will run. This does not refer to the length of the group sessions, but to the number of sessions, or the number of weeks, the group will run. Time limited groups have a distinct beginning, middle and end, and usually do not add additional members after the first few sessions. Most time limited groups run for a minimum of eight to ten sessions, and many will run for up to twenty sessions. The length of these groups always depends on the purpose of the group, and the group membership. The clinician running the group will structure it to run for the number of sessions necessary to accomplish the goals of the group.
The focus of the group is another way of categorizing group therapy. Some groups are more general in focus, with goals related to improving overall life satisfaction and effective life functioning, especially in interpersonal relationships. These groups tend to be heterogeneous. This means that the group members will have varying backgrounds and varying psychological issues that they bring to the treatment group. The clinician will select group members who are likely to interact ways that will help all group members. These groups tend to be open-ended, because of the nature of the group therapy process. However, some of these groups are also time-limited, but they may run longer than most time-limited groups.
Other groups are “focused” or “topical” therapy groups. The group members tend to have similar problems because the group is focused on a specific topic or problem area. For example, there are therapy groups for Depression, Adult Children of Alcoholics, or Parents of ADHD Children. Some focus therapy groups are skill development groups, with an emphasis on learning new coping skills or changing maladaptive behavior. There are groups to help people develop Stress Management Skills, Parenting Skills, Assertiveness, and Anger Management Skills, among others. Focus therapy groups can be either open-ended or time-limited groups. The skill development groups (Stress Management, etc.) tend to be time limited and usually run between eight and sixteen sessions. The single-issue focus groups (Adult Children of Alcoholics, Women’s, or Men’s Groups, etc.) may be open-ended or they may run for a specified number of sessions.
Group therapy is different from individual therapy in several ways, with the most obvious difference being the number of people in the room with the clinician. In group therapy, the client can learn that they are not alone in experiencing psychological adjustment problems and can experiment with trying to relate to people differently in a safe environment, with a clinician present to assist as needed. Additionally, group therapy allows the client to learn from the experiences of others with similar problems and allows them to better understand how people quite different from themself view the world and interact with people. Group members are told not to discuss information shared in the group with others, and usually the need for mutual confidentiality preserves the privacy of the information.
The goal of family therapy is to help family members improve communication, solve family problems, understand and handle special family situations (for example, death, serious physical or mental illness, or child and adolescent issues), and create a better functioning home environment. For families with one member who has a serious physical or mental illness, family therapy can educate families about the illness and work out problems associated with care of the family member. For children and adolescents, family therapy most often is used when the child or adolescent has a personality, anxiety , or mood disorder that impairs their family and social functioning, and when a stepfamily is formed or begins having difficulties adjusting to the new family life. Families with members from a mixture of racial, cultural, and religious backgrounds, as well as families made up of same-sex couples who are raising children, may also benefit from family therapy.
Family therapy involves multiple therapy sessions, usually from 45 to 50 minutes. The sessions are conducted at regular intervals (for example, once weekly) for several months. Typically, family therapy is initiated to address a specific problem, such as an adolescent with a psychological disorder or adjustment to a death in the family. However, frequently, therapy sessions reveal additional problems in the family, such as communication issues. In a therapy session, clinicians seek to analyze the process of family interaction and communication as a whole and do not take sides with specific family members. Clinicians who work as a team can model new behaviors for the family through their interactions with each other during a session.
- Stress Management
- Self-Esteem Development
- Anger Management
- Marriage Enrichment
- Multicultural Counseling
- Parenting Effectiveness
- Communication Skills
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse
- Adolescent Issues
- Employee/Staff Development
- Psychological Evaluation
- Human Resources Consultation
- Agency Contract for specific psychological services.
- Employee Assistance Programs
- Employee Development Workshops
- Adjustment Difficulties
- Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse
- Anger Management
- Anxiety and Depression
- Communication Skill Improvement
- Eating Disorders
- Familial problems including spouses,
- children, and adolescents
- Psychological Testing
- Relationship Problems
- Stress Management
- Psychoeducational Evaluations
- ADHD Screening
- Differential Diagnosis
- IQ Testing
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