What is psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy refers to a very broad range of approaches to altering functioning. We believe that people shouldn’t have to pay for someone to be nice, or someone to vent to.
Therapy is about using a specific tool to help a particular problem for a particular person. Outcomes should be measurable and the therapist should be thinking hard about how to improve results.
Benefits of our Psychotherapy Program
The outcome of a treatment depends largely on the quality of the therapeutic alliance and the skill of the practitioner. The specific therapy offered makes a surprisingly small difference to the outcome. However, being well trained and experienced means the therapist can formulate the issues, communicate those clearly and deliver a therapy that feels individualized, caring, structured and sensible.
We Are Passionate about our Craft
Our therapists have trained in different but respected and effective modalities. Our diversity provides a multiplicity of perspectives where we can help each other think about clients in new ways.
We get Multiple Perspectives
We may ask if we can video sessions so that we can review them later, either alone or with senior colleagues. Recordings enable us to spot details we may have missed and to think more carefully and collaboratively about better ways to care for you.
We Aim for Transformation
We are aiming for transformation, a deep change that will last the rest of your life and improve relationships, self care and satisfaction.
Our Approach to Psychotherapy Treatment
Anxiety & Depression
A client came to us suffering from anxiety and depression.
- He slept terribly, waking up around 3am and tossing and turning.
- His work was suffering and many afternoons he felt panicked about money and his interactions with his colleagues.
- He was gaining weight, unable to exercise and his relationship with his wife had deteriorated.
- He came home, grabbed a cocktail and isolated, frustrated and exhausted by the day and feeling bad about his inability to calmly interact with his kids.
We used a mixture of psychotherapies to treat him.
- Anxiety was alleviated with some behavioral and simple meditation techniques that slowed his breathing and enabled him to identify specific triggers – particularly a problematic work relationship and also a sadness and anger in his marriage that had crept in as there was less time for the two of them.
- Some couples therapy enabled him to connect more with his wife, who had felt shut out and alone since the kids were born.
- We worked on a sleep hygiene routine and discovered he had some restless legs syndrome that was easily treated.
- Over time, he became more willing to control his drinking, making a moderation plan that interrupted the cycle of self-medication/ early morning wakening / caffeine stimulation.
- He did not need medications beyond a brief course of non-addictive sedatives and naltrexone to assist him decreasing alcohol.
Diseases Psychotherapy Treats
We are experts in treating the full range of emotional and psychiatric issues and take a highly individualized approach.
- Mood Disorders (depression, bipolar disorder)
- Anxiety Disorders (including OCD, panic, general and social anxiety)
- Eating Disorders
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Psychotic Disorders
- Cognitive and Attentional Disorders including ADHD
Psychotherapist vs Psychiatrist vs Psychologist
What people call themselves is often more about status than training or skill. While there may be a more serious air to ‘psychotherapist’, anyone can use that label – there’s no official certification.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors trained in medical school, then a residency in psychiatry and perhaps a fellowship, so that’s a minimum 8 years after college. Psychopharmacology is a part of their job and requires years of study, integrating neuroscience, psychology and and understanding of pharmacodynamics and kinetics.
Psychologists have taken 6 years to train in therapies, behavioral techniques and testing, and may have done some research. Social workers and LMHC’s have done a masters degree, taking 3 years, followed by internships. They have less interest in research and know that they want to be therapists.