This is where the client meet with the therapist in a confidential (there are few exceptions to confidentiality), non-judgmental, nurturing, and safe space. The client and therapist join together to help the client achieve one’s goals, gain an understanding of one self and resolve any issues, difficulties, or situations. The therapy relationship is one of collaboration in which the therapist joins the client in the self-discovery journey, provided feedback, guidance, education and support. Therapy is the clients space and the therapist works on what the client wants to work on.
In this form of therapy, the child is provided with a safe and caring environment where he can express his feelings, difficulties and receive support, understand, guidance, education and skills. The therapist will work closely with the child and the family when indicated to help resolve the problems. The family plays an important role as they are able to provide information about their observation of the child, their behaviors and difficulties. The therapist can also guide, educate and support caregivers and the child in achieving the child’s goals. The child is seen as the client and therefore is entitled to privacy and confidentiality. However, the parent are involved and informed regarding important matters impacting the child or related to the child. The level of caregivers’ participation differs based on the child’s age, communication level and what seems clinically necessary. Ultimately, caregivers work with the therapist to help the child achieve set goals.
Family therapy is an approach where the whole family is treated as the client. The relationships between family members is explored and worked on. The goal is to identify strengths and areas of improvement in the family as a whole and individually. Members are helped to recognize the role they are playing in the difficulties and how they impact each other. In addition, family members will learn about each others perspective and what it is like to be in each other shoes. Then the therapist will teach skills to help establish structure, communication and understanding among family members.
In couples therapy, we will help you understand each other better and what it is like to step into your partner’s shoes. Together, we will uncover your patterns of relationships, how you relate to each other, communicate, and what you expect from each other. As a result of the therapy you will understand why your partner and you act in ways that you do. Where did your partner and you learn about relationships, what were the examples you have had and how those experiences affected you. In the therapy process you will learn what are the areas you or your partner need to work on individually or together. With our help you will learn to communicate, express expectations, listen actively and effectively, learn to trust, resolve conflict, and heal from past traumas, disappointments or hurts in the relationship. Ultimately, you will gain a better understanding of yourself and your relationship and your future together.
In this form of therapy, group modality is used to provide support, understanding, comradery, and also accountability. Members of the group start with getting to know each other and over time creating bonds that can be long lasting. The members connect over shared goals or experiences, support each other and provide a sense of community for each other. As the group becomes more cohesive, group members start to hold each other accountable, reflect on the way each group member impact themselves and others, and validate the progress the group members have made. Ultimately, with the therapist guidance, the group members support each other to heal and overcome obstacles. The therapist helps set the tone, facilitates groups topics conversations and assures everyone’s safety in the group. Therapist provide education and teach skills as well.