Types of Therapy
Individual psychotherapy is the most common type of therapy.
This is when an individual meets regularly with a therapist
or psychologist to discuss problems and/or solutions. Psychotherapy can be very effective in reducing symptoms,
such as those experienced in depression, and
enhancing one's mental and physical well-being. Psychotherapy can
also help you to discover new insights about the "self" and how you
relate to others. Lastly, psychotherapy can help you resolve past
and current issues so you can move on with your life. The therapeutic
relationship can serve as a safe place to practice new social
skills, such as assertiveness, or learn new ways of interacting with
Marriage Counseling or Couples Therapy
Another form of psychotherapy is Marriage Counseling or Couples Therapy.
When relationships take a wrong turn,
marriage counseling or couples therapy can be helpful in reevaluating the strengths of the
couple, reviewing commitment, and changing old, ineffective ways of
interacting. Thus, marriage counseling or couples therapy can be a wonderful tool to
improve a relationship. Nevertheless, some couples engage in
marriage counseling or couples therapy to end their marriage or relationship in a healthy manner to
reduce the stress and anger associated with divorce or separation.
Animal Assisted Psychotherapy
Animal Assisted Psychotherapy can be utilized with individuals,
couples, and families. Animals can aid psychotherapy by helping us
feel safe, loved, and accepted without judging us. Also, animals
sense things that may be out of our awareness and they react to that
by attempting to connect with us, perhaps by putting their head on
your lap or gently nudging you with their nose. This can be an
animal’s way of saying they know, understand, and want to help you.
Occasionally, when an animal does something, such as act scared, a
person may identify with that feeling and that then becomes part of
the psychotherapy process with a client.
Current Therapy Dogs
Hobbes, a friendly therapy dog.
Zoey, A very Playful Therapy Dog
Past Therapy Dogs
Meika, who provided love and comfort and
is deeply missed by those who knew her.
Loki, a loving therapy dog who is missed by many.
Play Therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps
the client address and resolve their problems through Play Therapy.
Children learn about themselves, others, and society through play.
Thus, Play Therapy helps children learn to communicate with others
about their thoughts and feelings. Play therapy can also help
children learn new behaviors or modify old ones and develop problem
solving skills. Lastly, Play Therapy provides a safe, psychological
distance from their problems while facilitating developmentally
appropriate ways to express thoughts and feelings.
If you are interested in seeking Psychotherapy with me, please see my page Getting
Started and then call 571-265-0344 for a Free Phone Consultation.