We treat a variety of problems, including but not limited to:
Adjustment to major life changes
Anxiety or fears
Chronic pain or illness
Impulse control disorders
Loss or grief
Self worth and self esteem
Separation and divorce
Many practitioners now take an eclectic approach to therapy, drawing upon various aspects of cognitive-behavioral and psychodynamic methods to create their own custom-made approach. Such therapists often work with their clients to create a treatment plan that encompasses different techniques to best address the client's particular problems and to appeal to her sensibility.
Life coaches help individuals realize their goals in work and in life. An executive coach, for example, may be enlisted to help a chief executive become a better manager, while a "love" coach may map out a plan to help a client find romantic fulfillment.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive-behavioral therapy stresses the role of thinking in how we feel and what we do. It is based on the belief that thoughts, rather than people or events, cause our negative feelings. The therapist assists the patient in identifying, testing the reality of, and correcting dysfunctional beliefs underlying his or her thinking. The therapist then helps the client modify those thoughts and the behaviors that flow from them. CBT is a structured collaboration between therapist and client and often calls for homework assignments. CBT has been clinically proven to help clients in a relatively short amount of time with a wide range of disorders, including depression and anxiety.
Family Systems Therapy
Family Systems therapists view problems within the family as the result not of particular members' behaviors, but of the family's group dynamic. The family is seen as a complex system having its own language, roles, rules, beliefs, needs and patterns. The therapist helps each individual member understand how his/her childhood family operated, his/her role in that system, and how that experience has shaped his/her role in the current family.
The humanistic method takes a positive view of human nature and emphasizes the uniqueness of the individual. Therapists in this tradition, who are interested in exploring the nature of creativity, love, and self-actualization, help clients realize their potential through change and self-directed growth.
Marriage and Family Therapy
Family and Marital therapists work with families or couples both together and individually to help them improve their communication skills, build on the positive aspects of their relationships, and repair the harmful or negative aspects.
Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
For patients with chronic pain, hypertension, life threatening illnesses, and other health issues such as anxiety and depression, MBCT is a two-part therapy that aims to reduce stress, manage pain, and embrace the freedom to respond to situations by choice. MBCT blends two disciplines -- cognitive therapy and mindfulness. Mindfulness helps by reflecting on moments and thoughts without passing judgment. MBCT patients pay close attention to their feelings to reach an objective mindset, thus viewing and combating life's unpleasant occurrences.
Psychoanalysis is an in-depth form of therapy. The client learns what conscious and unconscious wishes drive their patterns of thinking and behavior on the theory that, by making the unconscious conscious, they will make more educated choices over how they think and act. Traditional psychoanalysts may treat clients intensively but reveal little of their own views or feelings during therapy. Modern psychoanalysts may treat less frequently and take a more interactive approach.
Psychodynamic therapists believe that bringing the unconscious into conscious awareness promotes insight and resolves conflict. Psychodynamic therapy focuses on the relationship between the therapist and the client, as a way to learn about how the client relates to everyone in his or her life.
Relational Therapy (RLT)
Relational life therapy offers strategies to combat marital dysfunction and restore harmony in relationships. Couples -- those recovering from affairs, traumatic events, or a lull in passion -- can find RLT helpful. To repair discord, the therapist identifies the main conflict upsetting the couple's emotional intimacy. Once the partners see how they both contribute to the problem, the therapist teaches them skills to improve the ways they relate to each other. Couples may see a change in their relationship within three to six months.
Access to Therapy Network is a group of licensed and experienced mental health practitioners who offer a range of therapeutic approaches to mental health care, including the following: