Psychotherapy is another term for “talk therapy.” Its aim is to treat psychological, emotional, and/or behavioral disorders through interpersonal communication. The goal is to establish a relationship in which the patient can feel free to express personal thoughts and emotions and thus gain the understanding necessary for change.
While individual therapy can treat specific psychological conditions like depression and anxiety, many patients choose to participate in therapy simply to address life skills, relationship problems, stress management, vocational goals, and more.
Therapy should include evidence-based strategies to reach individual goals and positive outcomes. As such, we utilize two research-backed approaches to treatment.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – A form of therapy that helps individuals identify and change problematic thought patterns that may have a negative influence on behaviors and emotions.
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) – A form of therapy that focuses on the present moment while accepting thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental way.
HOW IT WORKS
Therapy begins with an initial interview that addresses aspects of your personal history. The interview may include a discussion of significant milestones and life changes, psychiatric and medical history, and social and occupational functioning. Individual therapy generally occurs once a week, for 50 minutes per session, after the initial interview.