Here are some introductory concepts regarding various types of therapeutic services that are available at GCBH. We invite you to familiarize yourself with the many resources found throughout our website. We look forward to seeing you soon.
In Individual Therapy clients work one-on-one with a therapist to gently challenge routine approaches toward demanding aspects of daily life. It is here that clients are often encouraged to learn new ideas that bring about increased self-awareness and internal resiliency. Individual therapy is a collaborative effort between the client’s experience and the therapist’s approach; it takes time to develop and may evolve as the client’s needs arise. This process is meant to empower clients and to help them improve their baseline management of stress, anger, forgetfulness, confusion, and pain, amongst other common challenges. It is here that various therapeutic objectives are customized to meet the client’s specific needs in efforts to produce improved and sustained cognitive, behavioral, and emotional results.
In Couples Counseling both partners work together to alleviate the challenges of their relationship alongside their therapist. In these pairings, therapists must factor the needs of both clients equally in order to create new opportunities for the client relationship to develop. A couple may be frustrated with differences in financial priorities, incongruent cultures and religious beliefs, unmet sexual desires, fractured communication styles, inefficient support networks, varying parental techniques, medical concerns, and imbalances of domestic responsibilities to name a few. In each case, the therapist tends to both of the client’s varying perceptions and emotional needs while assessing how to better join the pair’s unified objectives. Couples therapy incorporates a greater awareness of self amongst both clients in order to reveal the impact of each member upon the couple as a whole. This form of therapy seeks to install a mastery of communication skills that help to build a stronger emotional and functional bond between both partners based upon trust and unified decision-making.
Family therapy seeks to support the healthy growth of cohesive ties within each unique family unit. The function of family therapy is to help provide a safe space for skill-building and role negotiation. Managing divorce, marriage, disabilities, eating disorders, addiction, trauma, or various other needs involving behavioral modification are sometimes difficult for a family to handle without the aid of a trained therapist. Family therapy is meant to empower family members as they work together to identify and manage inevitable life transitions, daily stresses, and significant conflicts that are often reflective of individual family member frustrations. The impact of one family member not getting his or her needs met may affect the functioning of the family unit as a whole, therefore family therapy often serves as a helpful supplement to individual therapy, by helping family members to face any personal challenges that may arise within this work.
Group Therapy offers an opportunity for clients to engage in a safe and nurturing environment that encourages collaborative feedback from their peers. In this form of therapy, clients that share common challenges in their everyday lives can help to support one another’s growth within a therapeutic environment by mirroring each other’s journeys and sharing constructive tips toward self-care. Group therapy can help clients to adapt to various social and emotional challenges in everyday life such as managing personal triggers regarding addiction, anger, grief, and loss. Group therapy is built to aid clients in their development of conflict resolution, effective communication styles, and awareness of the self within group dynamics; it helps individuals to build meaningful therapeutic connections that often serve as examples for healthy choice making, relationship building, and emotional regulation.
In Play Therapy, young children and sometimes adolescents are offered games, creative tasks, and other engaging activities during their therapy sessions in order to build a trusting relationship with their therapist. Play therapy offers a brief but often telling relay of a client’s history and important internal mechanisms, creating an accessible therapeutic window into the child’s mind. Play therapy can help to reveal a child’s communication deficits, struggles with regulatory behavioral patterns, as well as potential emotional and cognitive distresses. This type of intervention serves as a unique platform from which to acquire proficiency regarding behavioral management and mood regulation. By engaging the therapeutic process on his or her own terms, each child is invited to encounter a unique opportunity for self-exploration, expression, and skill-building. Parents are often invited to participate in this process if needed.