During the initial appointments, we will participate in an assessment process that looks at all areas of your life. We will take a comprehensive look at behaviors at home, school, and in the community, as well as medical and family histories. This thorough evaluation is important because it helps us to identify any psychological disorders, substance abuse disorders, or risky behaviors that need to be addressed in treatment. It allows us to look at core issues and truly understand your unique personal history. Using this information, we develop an individualized treatment plan that takes into account your strengths and the factors that motivate you to change.
Depending on your specific needs, we may provide strategies to reduce anxiety, stress, depression, hopelessness, or self-doubt. We can help motivate you to find safe, healthy coping skills to replace unhealthy coping skills such as drug or alcohol abuse, self-harm behaviors, or sexual acting out. Sometimes we will work with you to improve your self-esteem and gain a sense of belonging, competence, and responsibility. Other times we may guide you in learning how to manage anger or control impulsive behavior. We can teach you how to cope with traumatic events such as the death of a loved one or physical/sexual abuse. We can support you in learning to express yourself appropriately and improve your communication with friends, families, and authority figures. We also support you as you endure difficult changes in your family or the community. Through this all, we will provide you with renewed hope and optimism!
Issues that may be addressed in individual therapy include:
Acting out behaviors
Cutting or other self-harm behavior
Drug and alcohol use
Loss of a family member or friend
Problems with peers
Sexual acting out