The Basics

Therapeutic Approach and Specialties

Psychotherapy services are provided with a background in Clinical Social Work Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Freedom Tapping, and Mindfulness. and a therapeutic orientation rooted in Cognitive-Behavioral theories and Mindfulness. However, psychotherapy services are approached with an emphasis on integrative therapies and energy healing modalities to promote holistic well-being. Integrative healing modalities include but are not limited to the following:

Energy Healing Techniques

Energy healing techniques address the complex interrelated network of energy flowing within and around our bodies, which are often referred to subtle energies. Three primary energy systems addressed include the meridians, chakras, and the biofield.

Guided Imagery

Guided imagery is a gentle mind-body technique that focuses and directs the imagination involving all of the senses and the whole-body. This technique helps to evoke and generate mental images that simulate or re-create the sensory perception of sights, sounds, tastes, smells, movements, and images associated with touch, such as texture, temperature, and pressure, as well as imaginative or mental content that the participant or patient experiences as defying conventional sensory categories, and that may precipitate strong emotions or feelings in the absence of the stimuli to which correlating sensory receptors are receptive.

Relaxation Therapy

Relaxation therapy includes any mind-body technique that induces the relaxation response and reduces symptoms of stress. This includes but is not limited to: breath work, music medicine, and art therapy.

Treatment

Psychotherapy and Counseling is a joint effort between the client and therapist, where a myriad of issues, experiences and memories are discussed for the purpose of creating positive change in the patient’s life. At times the therapist may challenge a client’s perceptions and offer alternative perspectives in order to increase awareness of the presenting issues. It is important to note that there are potential benefits and risks involved in increasing awareness and making changes. These potential risks and benefits are addressed below.

Benefits

Psychotherapy/counseling provides an opportunity to better and more deeply understand oneself and any difficulties being experienced. Psychotherapy/counseling may result in a number of benefits, including but not limited to: a greater understanding of personal, couple, and family goals and values; less stress; fewer negative thoughts and behaviors; healthier relationships; more comfort in interpersonal settings; more self-confidence; an increased ability to handle or cope with individual, couple, and/or family issues; greater life satisfaction. Such benefits may require substantial effort by the client, including active participation in psychotherapy/counseling, honesty, and openness to change. However, there is no guarantee psychotherapy/counseling will yield any or all of the benefits above. The progress and success clients are able to achieve in psychotherapy/counseling may vary depending upon the particular issues being addressed, as well as many other factors. In addition, when psychotherapy/counseling is combined with energy healing techniques the mind-body connection is addressed allowing for holistic healing to occur. This allows clients to begin to increase their mind-body awareness, release past or current issues at a core level, restructure non-productive thinking patterns, and create positive behavioral changes.

Risks for Psychotherapy and Counseling

As clients work to resolve issues and conflicts, they may experience discomfort and increased distress as they discuss unpleasant feelings and experiences. During the psychotherapy/counseling process, clients many find that they feel worse before they feel better, which is common. Some of the potential risks associated with psychotherapy/counseling and the discussion of difficulties may include, but are not limited to: intense feelings of sadness, anger, fear, depression, guilt, hopelessness, loneliness, frustration, etc., resulting in unintended outcomes, such as changes in relationships. Any decisions made regarding relationships during the course of psychotherapy/counseling are the client's responsibility.

Length of Treatment

The length of treatment is dependent on the specifics of each patient’s treatment goals, diagnosis, and current level of functioning. During the initial sessions patients goals and desired frequency of treatment is discussed but must be within the guidelines of any insurance plan being utilized. Diagnostic assessments are 90 minutes; Psychotherapy sessions may be in 30, 45, or 60 minutes. At times, extended sessions beyond 60 minutes can be offered. Employee Assistance Program counseling sessions are typically limited to 45 minutes.

Termination of Treatment

The therapist reserves the right to terminate treatment at their discretion for reasons including but not limited to the following: untimely fee payment, noncompliance or failure to appropriately participate in treatment, conflict of interest, failure to participate in services, or when the client’s needs are outside the scope of practice or competence of the therapist. Clients also have the right to terminate treatment at their discretion. Upon either party’s decision to terminate, it is typically recommended but not required that the clients participate in at least one termination session to facilitate a positive termination experience and allow both parties to reflect on the work that has been done.

Consultation

At times third party consultation is utilized to discuss client work in order to enhance the quality of services provided. During such consultation neither the full name of the client nor any of their specific information that could be used to identify them will be disclosed. Any concerns or questions regarding the process of consultation may be discussed at any time.

Confidentiality

The content of client sessions is confidential. No identifying information will be released without the client’s written consent (i.e. a signed release of information form) or in the case of a minor without the written permission of his/her parent or legal guardian. When treating couples or families, no information will be released without the written consent of all parties.

Exceptions to Confidentiality

  • If your therapist believes that you are likely to do harm to yourself or to another person, steps will be taken to protect you and/or the other person.
  • If you are having a physical or mental health emergency that requires crisis intervention by a third party.
  • If your therapist believes that you may be abusing or neglecting a minor child or vulnerable adult, or if you report information to your therapist about the possible abuse or neglect of a child, a report will be made to Child Protective Services or Adult Protective Services.
  • If you submit claims to your insurance company, they may require information about your treatment.

Couples and Families

When working with individuals who are also receiving couples or family psychotherapy/counseling services, privacy is protected when possible but complete confidentiality cannot be guaranteed. Healthy communication is essential between couples and families. This does not necessarily mean any information shared in private sessions will be disclosed. However, it does mean that the therapist reserves the right to share information if it is believed to be necessary for the success of couples or family psychotherapy/counseling treatment. If this decision is made, it is first discussed individually and clients are encouraged to share the information themselves.


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