In this section I will briefly describe some of the
services I offer:
- TALK THERAPY refers to traditional individual
therapy, where discussion of feelings and personal concerns is the major
focus. Clients (teens or adults) usually choose discussion topics and
the therapist provides some structure to help the discussion process.
Curative factors are usually personal insight, support, and tension
COGNITIVE THERAPY refers
to more structured, task focused form of therapy. This could entail
a therapist and client engaging in a therapeutic activity, either
specially designed for the client or an activity available commercially.
For example, specific cognitive therapy programs are available for
anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, stress, self-esteem,
and behavioral skills.
PLAY THERAPY is for children.
A wide range of toys and games is available in the office for your
child, including toy people, toy house, cars & trucks, toy railroad,
stuffed animals, drawing materials, boardgames, puzzles, wood for construction,
preschool materials, just to name some. Play therapy is typically
nondirective which means the child chooses the play activity and
therapist interacts and provides supervision. Like talk therapy for
adults, children use play therapy to represent their personal concerns
through the disguised format of play. The children also obtain personal
support and have the opportunity to build a therapeutic relationship.
Frequently, discussions of real - life personal matters spontaneously
occur during the play therapy.
- FAMILY THERAPY involves meetings with
parent(s) and/or one or more children in the family. Usually, the family
and therapist create a list of topics for discussion, for example, household
rules and improving the quality of relationships. If indicated, grandparents
or other significant relatives like an aunt or uncle may be invited
- COUPLES THERAPY is a type of therapy
which could be marriage counseling, premarital counseling, or remarital
counseling. Also, couples who are living together, without plans for
marriage, may also benefit from couples counseling. The focus of this
therapy is the nature of relationship. Topics typically include negotiation,
intimacy, anger management, fulfilling the dreams and wishes of each
individual, behavioral contracting, and communication skills.
- PARENT COUNSELING involves only parents.
Sometimes parent counseling accompanies a child's individual or family
therapy. In other instances the parent(s) may decide just to have meetings
to discuss how they relate to their children, set behavioral limits
and discipline their child, or how to talk about certain matters with
PSYCHOLOGICAL & NEUROPSYCHOLOGICAL
for children, teens, and adults. Included are tests of intelligence,
personality, projectives, neuropsychology. A report is prepared after
the testing is completed. Usually, testing is conducted to answer
diagnostic questions and for treatment planning purposes.
Another form of assessment is
called RATING SCALE ASSESSMENT. These are tests or surveys
administered in a checklist format. The person's answers are then
compared to those in a standardized sample at the person's age group.
I have available rating scales for attention deficit disorder, anxiety,
depression, general behavior, coping skills, job and life stress,
parenting stress, anger, self concept, & others.
- The final domain service I offer is called
CONSULTATION. After appropriate Releases of Information are signed,
I will, WITH your permission, contact key individuals. This could include,
but is not limited to, administrative school personnel, probation officers,
previous therapists, lawyers, teachers, guidance counselors, school
psychologists, work supervisors, and state or private agencies. In many
cases Consultation is not necessary, and your therapeutic contact with
me remains strictly confidential within the limits of the law and other
exceptions noted when you register. In most cases I conduct phone consultations,
but certain situations require my appearance at a meeting or proceeding.
This section was not intended to be an exhaustive and complete review
of the nature of psychological services, but as an introduction to help
prospective clients increase their familiarity with how I work and the
kinds of services I provide. Additional information is available by
telephone before the initial appointment or as services progress.