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Psychotherapy Services

All of us face challenges in our life every day. They come in the form of family obligations and relationships, work-related demands, and living in a complex and changing world. Sometimes these challenges can create levels of stress that lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, or anger as well as other difficult thoughts and behaviors. If too strong or lasting, these experiences can disrupt our ability to adapt and function as well as we would like. The result can be emotional pain, less effective behavior and potential damage to family, work and social relationships.


The psychotherapy service is made up of psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric social workers, and professionals trained in these disciplines. The team brings a range of skills and talents to help patients learn to cope with thoughts and feelings, and to make helpful behavioral changes. Therapists work as a member of a team, which includes a psychiatrist, and medical treatments (such as medications) are available if indicated.

Types of therapy offered

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy focuses on methods to learn new ways to think about oneself and the world, new skills to cope, and ways to interact with others in a productive fashion.
  • Psychodynamic therapy focuses on thoughts primarily related to longstanding relationship problems and unresolved feelings this approach may be indicated.
  • Supportive therapy assists the individual in exploring their own thoughts and feelings about situations, understand them more fully and discover new strengths within themselves.
  • Family therapy focuses on problems in family relationships, or allows other family members to be directly involved in treatment for the greatest effectiveness. In these situations, a person may be seen for treatment with another family member, such as a spouse, or their children.

Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation

Different treatments work for different conditions, so effective care begins with a comprehensive evaluation, education about treatment options, and a shared decision-making process to decide on the optimal path to follow.

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