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Types of Therapy

Individual Pyschotherapy

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 others.

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

Hobbes, a friendly therapy dog.

Zoey

Zoey, A very Playful Therapy Dog


Past Therapy Dogs

Meika, who provided love and comfort and is deeply missed by those who knew her.

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.

Loki, a loving therapy dog who is missed by many.

 

Play Therapy

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.

 
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