Our psychotherapists and psychologists are trained in a variety of treatment orientations including psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, and solution-focused. Regardless of our orientation, it is our goal to help clients develop healthier relationships with themselves as well as with others.
Individual Psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults
At Psychological and Life Skills Associates, our therapists are trained in a wide variety of treatment styles and orientations including insight-oriented psychodynamic approaches, cognitive-behavioral interventions, and solution-focused strategies. Each of our therapists has many years of clinical experience in the treatment of a wide variety of mental health issues.
Play therapy including sand tray, art therapy, interactive games and miniatures
Unlike adults, children naturally express their feelings and emotions through play. Play therapy is a structured, empirically validated intervention that builds on the developmental, communicative, and learning processes of children. We have several psychotherapists who have extensive training in play therapy. We implement such techniques as sand tray, art therapy, interactive games, and miniatures to promote healing, happiness, and health in the children we work with.
Family therapy consists of two or more family members working together with a psychotherapist with the primary goal of improving communication strategies to enhance family relationships. Much of the work includes understanding and improving the way family members interact with each other. A large piece of this consists of managing family conflicts and developing “calm, cool, and collected” strategies to deal with anger in a solution-focused way. When you work with our family therapists, you will explore your family’s style of interaction, ability to solve problems, and conflict resolution style. Over time, a new and more positive family interaction style will develop that will promote increased happiness and health within your family.
The primary focus of marital/couples therapy is to increase communication and understanding between a couple. Depending on your specific concerns, your therapist may suggest commencing couples counseling immediately (where both partners are present), or by starting individual therapy prior to initiating couples counseling. Common interventions in marital/couples counseling include homework exercises to enhance communication, written or oral exercises to do and share with each other between appointments, and trust building activities.
Neurofeedback is empirically validated (i.e. proven through scientific research) “brain training” designed to achieve more optimal brain performance. Your therapist will first perform a comprehensive assessment, which includes a mapping of your brain. This map identifies symptoms of underarousal, overarousal, rigidity, and/or instability that may contribute to such concerns as depression, anxiety, difficulty focusing, impulsivity and explosiveness, memory issues, obsessive compulsive behaviors, ruminating, sleep difficulties, and hyperactivity. Neurofeedback teaches self-regulation, which enhances the function of the central nervous system and thereby improves mental performance, emotional control, and physiological stability. With increased flexibility, the brain can more easily integrate your emotions (right hemisphere) with your reasoning (left hemisphere) as opposed to being “stuck” in a state of anxiety, anger, sadness, etc.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
One of our associates, Dr. Strand, is Level II certified in EMDR. EMDR is an integrative psychotherapeutic approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches. To date, EMDR therapy has helped millions of people of all ages relieve many types of psychological stress.
Psychological tests offer a formal way to measure one’s traits, feelings, beliefs, and abilities that can lead to potential symptoms. Some tests assess the presence of certain conditions, such as depression, anxiety, anger control, or susceptibility to stress. Other tests measure general well- being and provide an overall picture of a person’s personality. A typical psychological assessment includes an initial interview with your therapist and one or more formal psychological tests. Some of the tests may be “self-report,” which you complete on your own. Other tests may be completed with the examiner.
A comprehensive evaluation will help assist with a diagnosis of: anxiety, depression, ADD and AD/HD, all ASD’s (Aspergers, Autism, and PDD), bipolar disorder, personality disorders, chronic mental illness, and most other mental health issues.