It is estimated that about 20 percent of the US adult population will experience a mental health issue this year. No matter what mental health issue you are experiencing, it is always important to seek help. Not seeking help can lead to an increase in the intensity of your symptoms and affect other areas of life, including work, relationships, and your overall health.
At Carmel Psychological Associates, we offer treatment for a wide range of mental health disorders. We work with you to determine what form of intervention will work best for you. Treatment options at Carmel include:
- Couples’ Therapy
- Family Counseling
- Other types of therapy
If you are experiencing the symptoms of a mental health disorder, consulting with a mental health professional is the best choice you can make for yourself. Here are just some of the ways in which we can help you at Carmel Psychological Associates.
Psychotherapy is one of the most widely used treatments in mental health. In this form of therapy, you work in partnership with your therapist to identify and explore patterns in your life that are unhealthy and then develop the skills you need to deal with them.
A psychotherapy session can include:
- Learning what your personal strengths are
- Identifying triggers and negative patterns in your life
- Building better coping mechanisms
- Exploring your past and its relationship to your present
Therapy can take place once or more a week or once a month, depending on your needs. In general, patients stay in psychotherapy for at least six months. Staying after symptoms have abated is common, as it can ensure ongoing wellness and success.
Types of Psychotherapy
The types of psychotherapy you might encounter at Carmel include:
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)- a popular form of talk therapy
- Humanistic Therapy – used to treat anxiety and depression
- Exposure Therapy – a good answer for patients with phobias
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – treats borderline personality disorder, anxiety disorders, and depression
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) – ideal for patients with multiple conditions
- Mentalization-Based Therapy – used to treat borderline personality disorder
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy – often successful with PTSD
- Interpersonal Therapy – used to treat eating disorders, addiction, depression
Sometimes more than one form of therapy may be necessary. Your counselor will work with you to assess your situation and determine the best fit for your particular situation.
Many of us think about cliches such as Dr Freud or a couch when we talk about psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis has evolved a good deal from its early years. The core practice is still the same, with the work focusing on the deep past and how it affects a patient’s current mental health. Today, psychoanalysis is used to treat a wide range of disorders, providing the clarity on the past patients need to succeed in the present.
Who Psychoanalysis Helps
Psychoanalysis is the best fit for those who may have experienced trauma early on in life rather than those experiencing the acute onset of a mental health disorder. When it comes to past traumas, no one should make a value judgment about what they may have experienced. Everyone processes trauma and events in life in different ways. You should never think that you do not need treatment because you believe what you went through was not “serious” enough.
Psychoanalysis requires the guidance of a mental health professional. Psychoanalysts are trained in specific protocols and adhere to a system of ethics that protects the patient’s best interests at all times.
Individuals may also benefit from pursuing therapy with their partner. Couples therapy can allow you and your partner to explore key issues in your relationship, establishing stronger bonds and building better communication skills. In couples therapy, you meet in session with your partner, but can also have individual sessions that focus on the relationship.
You do not need your relationship to be on the brink of disaster to consider couples therapy. Many couples turn to therapy as a way to ensure their relationships stay healthy for years to come. No one entering into couples therapy should be concerned about their therapist taking sides in sessions. Mental health professionals are trained to give objective advice and guidance, and you can always find a safe space in a session at Carmel.
Family therapy is another form of therapy that can benefit you and your loved ones. It is not just for the nuclear members of your family, either. You can engage in family therapy with extended family, stepsiblings and stepparents, and even close family friends. Family therapy is a strengths-based intervention that focuses on the assets each person brings to the family. The goal in this form of therapy is to enhance bonds and communication.
What Happens in Family Therapy
Your first family therapy session will allow your therapist the time to get to know each of you and better understand your family dynamics. In the sessions that follow, your therapist will work with you on identifying stumbling blocks in your family, building better coping mechanisms, and enhancing communication across the family. How many sessions you will have will depend on the particular circumstances in your family unit.
Is Family Counseling Right for Us?
Families begin family counseling for any number of reasons. Sometimes one or more members of a family has a health or addiction issue. Sometimes significant changes in a family such as divorce are the impetus. Whatever has led you to consider family counseling, know that you can find the right answer for your family at Carmel. Contact us today to explore your family’s counseling options.