Therapy Services

Appointments are either 45 minutes (mostly for child and adolescent sessions) or 60 minutes (initial appointments, adolescent and adult sessions, parenting, co-parenting, relationship/marital, & family sessions).

Individual Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Age 3-4 years: The focus is on developmental stage, feeling expression and behavior, and relationship to the individuals and the world around them. Parents are very involved to help make whatever situation causing distress feel better and more manageable. 

Initial appointment is one hour and with parent/parents/guardian only. The child attends the second appointment.

In these therapy sessions, talk, play, emotional regulation skills, and behavioral techniques are used and then taught to the parents.

Age 5-7 years: The focus is on developmental stage, temperament, personality and emotional style, and the interactions with the current environmental situations and home, school and social life. Parents are involved in helping understand what is bringing on distress, learning behavioral strategies/parenting techniques, and environmental adjustments that help reduce distress and/or make the situation better and more manageable.

Initial appointment is one hour and with parent/parents/guardian only. The child attends the second appointment.

Sessions utilize talking, playing, drawing, emotional regulation skills, mindfulness skills, and behavioral techniques.

Age 7-12 years: The focus is on developmental stage, temperament, personality, and emotional style and the interactions with the current environmental situations at home, school, and social life. Parents are involved in helping understand what is bringing on distress, learning behavioral strategies/parenting techniques, and environmental adjustments that help reduce distress and/or make the situation better and more manageable. 

Initial appointment is one hour and with parent/parents/guardian only. The child attends the second appointment.

Sessions utilize talking, playing, drawing, cognitive behavioral strategies, emotional regulation skills, mindfulness techniques, social skills and organizational/school planning techniques. 

Age 12-14 years: The focus is on developmental stage, temperament, personality, and emotional style and the interactions with the current environmental situations at home, school, and social life. Parents are involved, but there is more independence and privacy when working with this age group in order to respect developmental needs of differentiation and individuation. 

Initial appointment is one hour with parent/parents/guardian only. The adolescent attends the second appointment.

Sessions use talking, playing (depending on the adolescent), drawing, cognitive behavioral strategies, emotional regulation skills, mindfulness techniques, social skills and organizational/school planning techniques and environmental adjustment recommendations. 

Age 14-18 years: The focus is on developmental stage, temperament, personality and emotional style, and the interactions with the current environmental situations at home, school and social life. Parents are involved when needed for appropriate understanding and reduction of distress and utilize support and environmental adjustments (if necessary). Parents are privy to clinical diagnostic information and crisis, risky, or potentially life threatening information (to ensure safety). Adolescents at this age have much more privacy when it comes to the content and context of their distress and/or situation. Parental involvement, other than the above stated, is always negotiated with the adolescent.   

Initial appointment is one hour and may be with parent/parents/guardian alone (then adolescent attends the second appointment), or parent and adolescent together, or adolescent alone. 

Sessions use talk, cognitive behavioral strategies, emotional regulation skills, mindfulness techniques, social skills and organizational/school planning techniques. 

Individual Therapy for Adults

Age 18-23 years: This is a confidential process to help understand current distress and/or situation and how to help move through problems, "stuck" points, and potential blocks in order to set the individual on the path to adulthood. 

Sessions use talk therapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, emotional regulation skills, and mindfulness tools to help understand and move through distressing situations or life changes. These sessions always take into account the individual person, his/her present developmental place in life, personal history, situations in current life, and what he/she wants to make better. 

Age 23 years and above: This is a confidential process to help understand current distress and/or situation and how to help move through problems, "stuck points", and potential blocks in order to reset or enrich one's life path.

Sessions use talk therapy, cognitive behavioral techniques, emotional regulation skills and mindfulness tools to help understand and move through distressing situations or life changes, looking at what is working in life and what is not working - and how to make that better. This process always takes into account the individual person, his/her present developmental place in life, personal history, situations in current life, and what he or she wants to make better.   

Family Therapy

Family therapy is often done in conjunction with treatment of an individual client. This may include sessions with parent(s), with children, grandparents, in-laws, siblings, etc. The session's focus is to engage in a relational process that helps mutual understanding, communication, care, set appropriate boundaries, identify where feelings or behaviors get stuck and hurt the relationship, and to figure out how to move through it and make the relationship work better. This process can be a single session or can be a series of sessions - or used as needed. 

Relationship/Marital Therapy

Relationship/Marital Therapy is conducted with two people engaged in a romantic relationship. Commitment levels are assessed, the developmental stage of the individuals/and the developmental stage of the relationship is understood. Couples get help understanding the nature of their attraction, nature of their conflict, "stuck" points, similar and different value systems, individual goals and mutual goals, what is working and what is not working. Therapy uses various techniques such as identifying individual perceptions and emotional responses, identifying distressing patterns, connective communication, emotional regulation, problem solving, and communicating care and compassion. This process can be a single session or can be a series of sessions - or used as needed. 

Parenting Therapy

The goal of Parenting Therapy is to gain a better understanding of yourself as a parent in relation with your child (children) considering all the different variables at play. Work is done to understand the developmental stage and needs of the child, his/her feeling expression, behavioral expression, when to engage and when not to engage power struggles, discipline needs and styles, how the child effects the emotions of the parent and what information that gives to the parent about themselves and the child. Essentially, it is to figure out what is working and what is not working (and to correct it) to help build and maintain appropriate connected attachment to the child (children) at whatever developmental stage they are at currently.

Co-Parenting Therapy

The goal of Co-Parenting Therapy is to gain understanding and learn how to help support and care for the child (children) through the adjustment of a parental separation/divorce situation, and how to parent from a new, separate household from the other parent. These sessions can be done with both parents present, separate sessions but in conjunction, or with one parent doing their best to help the child adjust, grieve, and transition through this life change.