Individual counseling (sometimes called psychotherapy, or talk therapy) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained mental health clinician in a safe, caring, and confidential environment. Counseling allows individuals to explore their feelings, beliefs, and behaviors, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves and others, set personal goals, and work toward desired change.
Couples Therapy helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. You can make thoughtful decisions about rebuilding and strengthening your relationship or going your separate ways. You can use marriage counseling to help with many specific issues, including communication problems, sexual difficulties, conflicts about child rearing or blended families, substance abuse, anger, and infidelity.
Family therapy is a type of psychological counseling (psychotherapy) that can help family members improve communication and resolve conflicts. It may include all family members or just those able or willing to participate. Family therapy sessions can teach you skills to deepen family connections and get through stressful times, even after you’re done going to therapy sessions. Family therapy can help you improve troubled relationships with your partner, children or other family members. You may address specific issues such as marital or financial problems, conflict between parents and children, or the impact of substance abuse or a mental illness on the entire family.
CBT helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way.” Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) focuses on exploring relationships among a person’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. During CBT a therapist will actively work with a person to uncover unhealthy patterns of thought and how they may be causing self-destructive behaviors and beliefs.
A method used to help reduce muscle tension and stress, lower blood pressure, and control pain. Examples of relaxation techniques include tensing and relaxing muscles throughout the body, guided imagery (focusing the mind on positive images), meditation (focusing thoughts), and deep breathing exercises. During a relaxation exercise he mind becomes calm, and the harmful effects of prolonged stress are counteracted.
Dialectical behavioral therapy is simply a modified form of CBT that uses traditional cognitive-behavioral techniques, but also implements other skills like mindfulness, acceptance, and tolerating distress.
Mindfulness is a core skill of DBT. Mindfulness, at its essence, is simply being present. This means paying attention to what is happening right now. Without judgment. When you practice mindfulness, you focus your attention on your present experience; just noticing whatever is happening in each moment, not lost in the past or thinking about the future.