Individual Therapy for Children, Adolescents, and Adults
We apply integrative approaches to our practice of psychology and counseling for all individuals. We individually and holistically plan and match our approach with your goals and preferences. A hallmark for successful outcomes is a strong, valued professional connection between the person seeking support and their behavioral care provider. Part of this hallmark is that both believe, and are seeing, change toward the anticipated goals.
It’s a normal part of life that all families face challenges at some point and experiment with ways to fix or heal those challenges. When solutions don’t work the way we expect, we can help. We can also help with patterns that keep family members stuck. The most effective way to work with families is to have everyone involved aware, hopefully present, and on the same page.
For example, we will often recommend that parents and children participate together on multiple levels when a parent asks for help with their child. Families are our first interpersonal relationship and what happens while we’re young sets the stage for our connections with others later in life. When family members change old ways and connect with new ways, they re-connect together. Adult family members—both parents and siblings—included! Nothing’s better than changing anytime in life to get the connection you want with people you care about.
As adults, it’s all about love in our primary couple relationship—and every relationship will face rough spots and tough times. The potential for a wonderful partnership is real—trust, care, and love are all we ever want and those attributes feel far away when the relationship reaches a stressful stage. The best outcomes are achieved when both partners are present and work together. Just like families and between friends, when relationships reach a challenging place, it’s vital to work with the whole relationship—inviting each partner to join in safety and commit to a new process.
Parenting doesn’t come with a manual! There are numerous books all about parenting, but each child is different and parenting involves maneuvering unique parent-child dynamics. We can work with parents to develop individualized strategies to help children feel supported within the context of safe, clear behavioral expectations. Applying behavioral and emotional strategies for improved outcomes can be easier said than done, but we can provide guidance and support throughout the process. Some aspects of parent coaching may include:
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an integrative psychotherapy approach which blends cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, experiential, and body-centered therapies. Originally developed to treat combat veterans, EMDR has been empirically supported as an effective treatment for many forms of anxiety and trauma. EMDR is based in an information processing theory and focuses on identification of traumatic memories and the present triggers of dysfunctional emotions and behaviors.
Executive Function Coaching for Children, Adolescents, and College Students
Executive function coaching is a strategy designed to help elementary, secondary, and post-secondary students who struggle at school or at home be more successful in reaching their goals. Coaching helps students learn executive skills & tools for personal growth and achievement including: time management, task initiation, sustained focus and attention, organization, planning and prioritization, self-monitoring, and efficient study skills. Coaching involves working with the student to develop goals on wanted behavior while collecting data of progress and maintaining a daily or weekly check-in to determine areas for improvement.
Personal Health Psychology, Stress Management, and Integrative Care Practice
The concept of Integrative Care is a cornerstone for our personal and professional practice. Over years, and even centuries, people have seen how mind and body blend. “Holistic” approaches and “wellness” are popular ways to describe how we are indeed a sum of many parts.
Integrative Care also specifically describes 21st century trends in health care and makes us admit that our choices and resulting behavior actually contribute as much as 70% to the development of our own chronic disease states. That’s a big statement to say—and everyone’s starting to say it.
Simply said, our behavior, our environment, our personal psychology, our social status and perceptions of well-being and sense of control, plus many, many other big factors, all combine to make us do what we do, and be what we are—today. And our “todays” add-up.
Our integrative approach uses someone’s personal psychology and culture, physical health and desires about life, to manage personal outcomes. Daily hassles, chronic conditions, life events, and deeper-felt concerns from experience contribute to our health and wellness. Stress management is more than mindfulness and relaxation techniques—it’s a comprehensive system of health integration that is individually designed to enhance personal outcomes.
Our Integrated Care Approach involves many domains. Here are some that are typical: