Psychotherapy is a solution focused and insight oriented process used to assist individuals and families in making desired changes in thinking, feeling, behaviors and relationships. This process is interactive and cooperative, and requires your participation and effort both during and outside of therapy sessions. There are a number of theoretical and research driven approaches that may be used in psychotherapy depending on the goals of treatment and clients’ life challenges. Involvement in psychotherapy can be cathartic, promote insight development, and enhance resiliency, and this participation can lead to better relationships, solutions to important dilemmas, and significant reductions in feelings of anxiety and depression, and thinking limitations. Participation in psychotherapy can be an opportunity for individuals and families to BE their best developing selves or family group. Sometimes this process may evoke emotional distress when addressing unresolved issues, losses, trauma, and relational dysfunction, and the therapeutic relationship is uniquely supportive when this occurs.
Therapists at Capitol Psychology Services are experienced in working with individuals of all ages and life circumstances, and have expertise in treating a wide range of psychological challenges:
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Trauma Exposure
- Emotional Reactions associated with Childhood Neglect or Abuse
- Family Dysfunction
- Relationship Challenges
- Parenting Challenges
- Adoption Related Concerns
- Attachment Disruption & Parent–Child Relationship Challenges
- Academic and Learning Challenges
- Disruptive Behaviors
- Personality Disorder
- Addiction Behavior
- Gender Identity Concerns
- Stage of Life Challenges … For all ages
Therapists with Capitol Psychology Services utilize a wide range of therapeutic methods in helping clients heal … including these therapies:
- Cognitive Behavioral
- Dialectical Behavioral
- Cognitive Processing
- Trauma Recovery
- Attachment and Reunification
- Experiential Dynamic
- Solution Focused
- Animal Assisted Psychotherapy
- Play & Art
We believe and have seen that psychotherapy is transformative, and helps individuals develop stronger selves and lead happier lives.
Family therapy is all about creating a happier, more connected family unit that better meets the needs of the individual members. It is an interactional process focused on understanding and addressing impairments in communication, connection, roles and responsibilities of parents, children and adolescents, and in general is focused on creating targeted and positive change in the family system. All participants in Family Therapy are valued in this process, and both positive and dysfunctional contributions to the family dynamic are acknowledged and addressed. Family therapy tends to be structured and boldly directed by the therapist; it is also an educational process related to research based knowledge of effective family systems, parenting strategies, child and adolescent development, and effective couple behaviors, just to name a few topics that might be covered within the family therapy process.
All participating members who are 16 years old or older have access to the medical record. All participants (and their guardians) provide informed consent when participating in Family Therapy, and by agreeing to participate in Family Therapy each member of the family is also agreeing to protect confidentiality and privacy during and after the course of therapy. Being respectful of the need for confidentiality and aware of the damage violations cause to the therapeutic process is essential to successful family therapy, and each participant is acknowledging this important responsibility in their voluntary participation. There are many influences within the process of family therapy that cannot be controlled by any individual, including the therapist, and sometimes these influences can create a therapy dynamic that is no longer helpful to the family. If and when this occurs, the therapist may terminate family therapy with a clinically appropriate closure process.
Family therapy is often short-term, and offers opportunities for active problem solving and meaningful sharing by all members of the family. It is an exciting and interesting process as family members learn to actively listen and boldly share emotional and life experiences, and then create new family systems that are respectful of these individual experiences. It is an educative experience, as the therapist is able to answer meaningful questions about stage of life challenges, relationships, and “good enough” family practices. Family therapy can be transformative in the lives of each member as the family learns to live more positively together, support each other in all life circumstances, and stay closely connected in the best and worst of times.
As we grow and develop through adolescence into adulthood, and begin to engage in intimate couple relationships, it is often an exciting, sometimes confusing and overwhelming experience. For many couples, there have not been good models of intimate relationships and so there is a lack of skill related to effective communication, meaningful connection, planning and life management, fair and respectful arguing, repairing breaches in connectedness, and meeting one’s own and the other’s needs in the relationship. This knowledge and skill gap can cause the development of dysfunctional behavior patterns in the relationship, leading to emotional distress in each individual and an impaired relationship.
Couple Therapy is a unique process that teaches necessary skills for participating positively and effectively in an intimate relationship. It is an opportunity to understand one’s own needs and those of the other, and to create a relationship that meets these needs. Couple Therapy is about learning how to live together in close emotional and physical connection, take care of each other, motivate and support the other, and share the journey of life meaningfully and “in love.”