People seek therapy for a wide variety of reasons. Some people are going through a difficult life transition, while others are trying to learn more about themselves and lead more fulfilling lives. Some are dealing with work-related concerns, relationship issues, or stressful experiences. Many people are seeking treatment for depression, panic, posttraumatic stress, obsessive thoughts or compulsive behaviors, phobias, or other conditions. Other people are simply trying to make positive changes in their lives, or searching for a greater sense of authenticity, meaning or wholeness.
Research has shown that most people benefit from therapy. Approaches to therapy can vary, and may include cognitive-behavioral, existential, mindfulness, psychoanalytical, systems-based, and other approaches. You can speak with your therapist if you have any questions or would like more information about the different approaches that can be utilized in therapy.
We at Medical Psychology Associates are devoted to providing individual psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and adults throughout the age span. We are dedicated to providing quality, caring, and professional services. Our clinicians are experienced in a range of therapy techniques, and we work with clients to find the best fit for their needs. Our collaborative approach involves working with clients to understand their reasons for seeking therapy and to identify goals for treatment. Together, we establish a plan to determine how best to accomplish the treatment goals.
Skills-based approaches to therapy, such as cognitive-behavior therapy and mindfulness techniques, may be used to relieve symptoms while other depth-oriented approaches are used to address long-term issues in order to understand the cause of their problems and adopt new patterns to prevent further suffering. The balance between short-term relief and long-term care is determined by collaboration between each client and the therapist.
We specialize in treatment for:
- Recent Events – such as loss and mourning, loss of job, Separation and Divorce
- Ongoing Challenges – Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, Stress, Social and Relationship Difficulties, Marital and Family Conflicts
- Specific Issues – Life Changes/Transitions (Job, Relationship, Retirement), Women’s/Men’s Issues, Parenting, Anger Management, Occupational Stress, Gay and Lesbian Issues, Sexual Intimacy
- Health Problems – Acute/Chronic Pain, Chronic Illness, Sleep Difficulties
- Developmental Disabilities
- ADD/ADHD and Academic Learning Difficulties
- Addictions (Alcohol/Drug, Gambling, Sex)
Sessions are typically 45 minutes in length, except for the initial appointment of 60 minutes to allow for a more comprehensive assessment. Subsequent sessions may be of longer duration may be arranged with your therapist. Therapy can last from a few sessions to more than a year in duration, depending on the goals, problems, or issues being addressed.
Regardless of what type of therapy you seek, you and your therapist will work together to establish the goals for your therapy, as well as determine the steps you will take to get there. The relationship between you and your therapist is a confidential one. Our therapists are very experienced and will explain confidentiality to you in detail during your initial session.
In order for therapy to be effective, you must feel like you and your therapist are a good fit. Finding the right match is perhaps the most important step in the therapeutic process. It often takes a few sessions to know if you feel you have found someone whom you like, respect, and feel that you can work with.
On the whole, you can expect your therapist to be someone who demonstrates respect, who supports you, who listens attentively and actively, who challenges you to think about things in different ways, who provides honest and direct feedback, who is ethical, and who models a healthy and positive relationship experience.
You can learn more about the therapists at Medical Psychology Associates by going to the “Clinicians” page. Each therapist has a bio and introduction so you can learn a little more about their style and approach to therapy.
If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at 414-962-1000.