Adults

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We offer individual treatment for adults experiencing a range of mental health concerns and life stressors detailed below:

Life stressors specialization includes:

  • Bereavement
  • Graduate School Stressors (e.g. difficulties completing dissertation, career choice and job search concerns)
  • Job Dissatisfaction and Career Issues
  • Medical Illnesses (e.g., mental health issues related to or resultant from acute or chronic medical illnesses)
  • Dating and Relationship Difficulties
  • Transition to College Life (e.g., difficulties adjusting to independent living, academic pressures, roommate conflicts, and social isolation).
  • Trauma (e.g., serious car accident, physical assault, or rape)

Treatments

Our diverse clinical training has provided us with the perspective to be respectful and aware of the benefits and limitations of different forms of treatment. Given that we as human beings are so complex, it makes sense to us that there are many ways to successfully address the challenges that emerge in our lives. Our clinical staff has dedicated themselves professionally to learning forms of treatment that have been repeatedly proven to be effective in clinical trials, as well as methods that are robustly supported by decades of research about the nature of human relationships and their capacity to influence how we think and feel. We hope that you will find the summaries of the treatment models we use instructive in sparking your curiosity about therapy or determining whether or not our clinicians might be a good match in working with you.


If you have ever felt like you know what’s “wrong”, maybe even know what to say to challenge your negative thinking or what things to do that “should” help you feel better, but still feel frustrated by the lack of change in how you feel in your life day to day, you might be interested in tapping into your right brain and learning more about Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy…

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP): Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy works from the very human idea that some feelings and difficult experiences are just too overwhelming to address on your own. AEDP relies on the healing power inherent in supportive, caring relationships to metabolize painful feelings, losses and traumas by safely exploring and experiencing emotions at a bodily level in transformative ways. According to AEDP, people are wired for growth and positive change, which can happen more readily when they can not only understand and describe their problems and strengths (left brain), but also can deeply experience the painful and positive aspects of their lives in new ways (right brain). In short, AEDP is like having a guide working with you in the present moment to help you feel and deal with uncomfortable or painful feelings, moving you towards a feeling you hoped you could have, to feel like yourself again.


If you like thinking systematically and rationally, setting agendas, and making clear-cut, action-oriented goals, you might be interested in learning more about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy…

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a relatively short-term, active treatment for a wide range of mental health issues including: depression, anxiety, anger, loneliness, panic attacks, perfectionism, procrastination, discomfort in social situations, and self-criticism. CBT has been found to be an effective form of treatment for children, adolescents and adults through decades of clinical trials. The focus of treatment is on identifying how you are thinking, feeling, and behaving in your daily life and then understanding how each dimension of these thoughts, emotions and behaviors impact one another. CBT helps people identify patterns of biases in their thinking and provides guidance on how to change these distortions that are negatively impacting their mood and/or behavior. CBT is an empowering treatment that encourages you to test out ways to challenge negative patterns of thought or behavior in between sessions, during real-life situations and stressors, so that you can increase your competency and sense of efficacy in dealing with emotional issues on your own.


If you are looking for a skills-based approach to help manage strong emotions and interpersonal conflict, you might be interested in learning more about Dialectical Behavior Therapy…

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy was first developed by Marsha Linehan, PhD and is intended to help individuals who have significant difficulty regulating their emotions and their behaviors. This approach combines behavior therapy (through skill building) and emotional validation (through fostering acceptance). Your clinician will design a treatment plan based on your needs, which includes individual and group therapy, targeting pervasive emotional dysregulation and improving interpersonal relationships.


If you are a “Type A” personality or tend to feel cut off from your feelings or uneasy about experiencing strong emotions, you might be interested in learning more about Emotion Focused Therapy…

Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT)

Emotion Focused Therapy provides a different perspective of the role of “unpleasant” feelings, like sadness, anger, and anxiety in our lives. Instead of finding ways to challenge or reframe these emotions, EFT views these “negative” emotions as important information that can provide people with the wisdom and the energy to solve significant problems in their lives. According to EFT, people are better off working with their anxiety or anger instead of challenging it. In short, EFT aims to help people feel more and experience their lives more deeply, instead of over-thinking things or being disconnected from their emotions.