When life stress or old emotional patterns cause serious problems with daily functioning, talk therapy can help you develop more positive, adaptive coping tools. Whether in an individual, couple, family or group setting, we create a safe, welcoming environment for you to explore your most deeply experienced issues and feelings.
- For the types of issues we address, see Life Challenges We Treat
- For the types of patients we see, see Who We Serve
We view therapy not so much as fixing a person who is broken, but encouraging the person to become increasingly aware of their feelings, strengths and emotional resources, building opportunities for them to practice these new tools both in the therapeutic setting as well as in their daily lives. Our goal is to help the person achieve decreased distressed and improved functioning in their emotional, work and social lives.
Challenging behaviors and emotional patterns in children can be a reflection of both the child's own psychiatric issues, such as ADHD or depression, as well as of problematic functioning in the family. Family therapy, with several or all family members, provides tools for more effectively communicating, resolving problem situations and reducing emotional escalation. Some of the issues addressed in the family therapy sessions might include:
- Establishing realistic expectations for the child's behavior
- Establishing specific roles and goals in the family
- Identifying and modifying parental behaviors that enable dysfunctional responses in the child
- Finding tools for decreasing conflict among parents, children and siblings
Couples Communication And Therapy
A healthy, emotionally intimate relationship requires work, and there are many ways we can become stuck or complacent in the "dance" we do with our partners. Therapeutic work with couples can range from some simple improvements in communication; to dealing with deep, underlying emotional patterns that prevent us from being fully open to loving and being loved; to undoing the damaging cycles of emotional and physical abuse and victimization.
For relationships in which one or both partners have ADHD, special consideration must be given to the impact of impulsivity and poor concentration on the health of the partnership. Since couples with ADHD are significantly more likely to get divorced than non-ADHD couples, our practitioners are sensitive to the extra care needed to deal with the unique issues that arise for these partners.
For more information, contact THRIVE at 410-740-3240 or by e-mail.