We offer adult therapy and treatment for individuals experiencing a range of mental health concerns.
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 offer individual treatment for adults experiencing a range of mental health concerns and life stressors detailed below:
Diagnostic specialization includes:
- - Adult Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- - Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- - Panic Attacks and Panic Disorder
- - Social Phobia
- - Bipolar Disorder
- - Depression
- - Insomnia
- - Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mindfulness is a commonly used term with many meanings. Here we refer to mindfulness as cultivating a sense of awareness and acceptance of the present moment. Mindfulness-Based Therapies include numerous evidence-based therapies that have been adapted around mindfulness to deal with serious challenges and enhance overall well-being. These therapies include: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), a range of breathing practices, acceptance strategies to work with thoughts and emotions, and practices in cultivating self-compassion. A large growing body of research shows that training our brain to be mindful, to be aware in the moment, actually remodels the structure of our brain to improve our attention, focus, problem solving, emotion regulation, self-compassion, attunement and connection to self and others, and even alters the way the brain responds to stress.