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Psychotherapy is a general term for a process of treating mood and emotional disorders by talking about your condition and related issues with a psychiatrist or psychotherapist.

The process involves learning about yourself and your mood, feelings, thoughts and behavior.  Using the insights and knowledge you gain in psychotherapy you develop healthy coping skills and stress management.

Why Psychotherapy? 

  • Your preferred treatment choice
  • You want to minimize or avoid medications
  • Poor response to other treatment
  • You desire emotional growth and healing
  • You want to overcome behavior issues
  • To prevent relapse of your condition

Goals of Psychotherapy:

  • Gain better understanding of your condition, situation and self
  • Identify and change behaviors or thoughts that negatively affect your life
  • Find better ways to cope and solve problems
  • Learn to set realistic goals for your life
  • Feel better about your self

Group Psychotherapy

Group psychotherapy is a type of therapy where a therapist leader and several women come together for a period of about 90 minutes to work together on group members individual issues.  Women develop in a context of support and work extremely well as a group.  A group provides women with the opportunity to not only experience an improvement in their own symptoms but to help other women.  Sharing personal experiences with other women who are able to understand and provide support is an integral part of this therapy.

Individual Psychotherapy 

Psychodynamic

Psychodynamic therapy is based on the premise that individuals are often unaware of many of the factors that determine their emotions and behavior. This type of therapy seeks to help the individual understand the unconscious meaning of troubling symptoms.

The goal of treatment is to change longstanding personality qualities by exploring early childhood experiences that shape personality, unconscious thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.

This is the treatment of choice for individuals who wish to most completely understand themselves, and to make profound changes in their ability to understand and relate to others. 

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-behavioral therapy ("CBT" or simply "cognitive therapy") is a systematic and scientifically supported treatment for a variety of mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and panic disorder.  CBT may also used to address problems such as relationship concerns, or stress management.

CBT is based on the concept that our thoughts and behaviors are directly linked to our mood states, and all three are modifiable through training and practice. CBT is a structured and shorter-term therapy model that is highly interactive and collaborative between therapist and patient.

Interpersonal Therapy

Interpersonal therapy is based on the idea that stressful life events can trigger episodes of depression; in turn depression can interfere with a person's ability to function socially and can provoke negative life events. This type of therapy has been demonstrated to be effective for major depression (including the postpartum period). It has also been adapted to treat specific types of depression, eating disorders, anxiety disorders and other symptoms.

Interpersonal psychotherapy is a short-term therapy lasting about 12 to 16 sessions, in which a patient focuses on current interpersonal difficulties in her life. Therapists using this approach focus on the connections between current life events and the onset and persistence of depressive symptoms. Specific problem areas in the patient's life are identified, and the patient and therapist explore how they relate to the illness. By resolving interpersonal problems in her life, the patient improves her life situation and at the same time relieves the symptoms of her illness.

Supportive Psychotherapy

Supportive psychotherapy seeks to restore or improve a women’s self-esteem and ability to adapt to the struggles of everyday life. It leads to changes in thoughts, feelings and behaviors by strengthening coping mechanisms.

Within the therapeutic relationship, women build their sense of self and work towards developing stronger interpersonal relationships and a balanced outlook on life.  Treatment may examine relationships as well as both current and past emotional and behavioral patterns.  Consistency, support from others, and a hopeful attitude are used to prevent negative patterns and overcome depressive symptoms. 

Integrative Therapy

The term 'integrative' is often used to describe a treatment that combines theory and techniques from two or more distinct therapeutic orientations. Integrative therapy can help with all variations of relationship conflicts, self-esteem and identity issues, self-defeating behaviors, depression, anxiety and stress. This versatile and highly individualized approach helps the client to learn new coping strategies, to experience solutions, and ultimately, to make changes in her life.