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Ways To Deliver Psychological Services

Ways To Deliver Psychological Services

  • Face-to-Face: This is most traditional method that psychological services are delivered.  The client and therapist meet in person in an office setting.  The therapeutic relationship between the therapist and client is created in person.  Many individuals prefer this type of a connection with their therapist.
  • Videoconference/Online Therapy: With increasing use of technology in most areas of life today, the mental health field has also moved toward expanding services through the use of technology.  Using technology to deliver mental health services has been referred to as telehealth or telepsychology. This allows for all individuals in the community to have access to mental health services if there are barriers to attaining treatment due to their location, time-limitations, or other barriers that prevent individuals from physically coming in to meet with a therapist.  Online therapy has become increasingly more common due to the ease and practical nature of receiving services.
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Online Therapy Services For California Residents

Online therapy services can be beneficial for many reasons such as geographical restrictions, individuals with time pressures, and those who feel more comfortable connecting through technology. At times, this allows a person to be less inhibited and open to discussing areas of one’s life since the therapist is not present in person. If this resonates with you, then online therapy may be the route you want to take. If you are a busy professional, life can get hectic and driving to get to your therapist office may just be adding more stress to your already busy life. For parents, trying to juggle your children’s schedules and needs along with what you may need for yourself can be a constant battle. The online therapy option allows a person to seek the help and support needed in a convenient manner in the comfort of their own homes. Another major benefit is that you can get the help you need from a highly qualified and specialized professional, even if you are not local to that professional or practice. Lastly, online therapy provides more affordable options so that all can receive quality care. Go to our “contact us” page to request a free 15-minute consultation to see if our online therapy services can benefit you. Getting the help and support you need is only a few simple clicks away!

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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

(EVIDENCE-BASED APPROACH)

The main theoretical orientation utilized within our practice is cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). This form of therapy has received wide acceptance by the mental health community due to the scientifically validated nature of the treatment process for anxiety, depression, addiction, and many other concerns. The premise of CBT is that our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions are all connected and have a relationship with one another. Understanding the relationship between these three elements can help alleviate symptoms of different mental health concerns.

CBT focuses on helping the client become effective in learning ways to manage their own symptoms through teaching concrete skills as well as uncovering existing “schemas” that have developed through different early experiences that may be contributing to current difficulties you are facing. The therapist typically takes an active approach and works alongside the client to help achieve specific goals in treatment. Helping you recognize and get to the root causes and connections of any destructive patterns that exist can help reduce any distorted perceptions that may be exacerbating the level of depression, anxiety, anger, hopelessness, or other feelings you may be experiencing. Depending on your individual concerns, we provide more intensive work that goes into different parts of your life and/or more skill oriented therapy if management is your primary goal. The practice integrates other approaches as necessary depending on your individual concerns.

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What Can I Expect From Therapy?

What Can I Expect From Therapy?

There are many misconceptions regarding what therapy truly consists of, who is likely to attend therapy, and what happens in the course of therapy. Therapy is a process, in which we create a meaningful and deep therapeutic connection to help you better understand your thoughts, feelings and behaviors.  Basic goals of therapy are to increase awareness about yourself and your past to better help you in the present and future.  Therapy can have very specific concrete goals that are short-term in nature or more long-term goals that will require more in-depth work.  Many times people believe that going to therapy means you must have severe mental health concerns. Therapy can be utilized for treatment and management of specific mental health issues (such as depression, addiction, trauma, or anxiety). Although this is one area in which therapy is beneficial, it is common to enter therapy for multiple other reasons.   Individuals can seek therapy for more common life difficulties that most all humans experience at one time or another such as stress, family conflict, marital conflict, or death or loss of a loved one.  Other times therapy is used as a protective measure to enhance existing relationships, or simply to gain a better understanding of yourself.  Utilizing therapy means you are turning to a healthy coping resource as opposed to denial of these difficulties, which can often worsen the problem. Everyone can use a helping hand from time to time. Some periods of life call for more support than others. It takes strength to acknowledge the need for therapy.

You are likely to experience a wide range of emotions throughout your sessions, at times positive and other times negative. It can be anxiety provoking to take the first step and start therapy. It’s normal to have this experience.  However, most of the time once contact is made most individuals begin to feel very comfortable.  Therapy gains and benefits are largely due to factors such as client’s willingness to work in therapy and the quality of alliance formed between the client and therapist. Therefore, it is essential both the therapist and client feel as though they are a good fit for each other in order to benefit from the therapeutic process.

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