Information on Therapy
Making appointments; Outpatient Counseling: Usually consists of one time per week and possibly one time in two weeks. Although each person is unique and different from everyone else, we each have our own individual way of being on the planet. Meaning each person is considered individually and treatment plans are created with that individualized concept.
Initial Appointments carry the added task of completing the initial paper-work. It’s not much but it’s very important. Come a few minutes early to allow for the 5 minutes or so it will take to complete this task. Everything we discuss is confidential except for a couple exceptions which will be verbally explained in person as we meet during the initial session.
During this initial session there is a lot going on; as you are explaining your particular situation or reason you are seeking therapy I am listening closely. I may take notes and ask questions. I am assessing and evaluating the whole of the experience/situation. I want to be sure I understand and comprehend your experience and the particulars of your circumstances. By the end of our first meeting you can expect that you will have had an opportunity to disclose/share your concerns and feel that I have conveyed to you my understanding of your situation and we have begun to develop an initial treatment plan (how we will work together and what is required on your part as well as my role in that work). I will have had time enough to make an initial determination of whether I am the right and perfect therapist to help you in addressing your concerns. You will have an initial sense of working with me and if this feels like a good fit for you. Browse our different types of therapies below.
Usually individual therapy consists of meeting one-on-one for 50 minutes. Even though it’s called a “Therapy Hour” it’s not really an hour. I use the other 10 minutes or so to write notes in your chart, add to treatment plans and take care of logistical and ancillary tasks. Appointments are usually scheduled one time per week. Of course this depends on the individual’s needs and situations/circumstances. There are times when every two weeks is appropriate.
Couples Therapy: Also known as relationship counseling. This is therapy with couples or two people. It can be a couple that are in a relationship and are seeking tools to be able to get along better. It can also be two or more partners in a business that want to improve their interaction and communication so they can work more productively. This can also be marriage counseling. Parent-child or parent-adult child therapy. There are as many different configurations of couple’s therapy as you can conjure up configurations of people.
Marriage Counseling doesn’t have to mean both spouses/partners have to be willing to attend therapy. Its helpful when both attend because then both people get to express their concerns and make requests for change or share feelings. What happens often is when only one person chooses to come to therapy is that they begin to change. Sometimes these changes are not understood by their partner. They only see or notice that things are different. This changes the dynamic within the relationship and thus the marriage. Often this will influence the non-particating spouse to begin therapy at this junction or it can do the opposite and cause greater diversion and thus help clarify the current reality of the marriage which can help the spouses decide if they want to continue to be in a relationship of non-participation.
Is what it sounds like, therapy with family members. Again, many different constellations and configurations. Some families all family members attend. Some families, only some of the family members attend. More and more families of origin, adult members of families that have all grown up will have issues arise. Issues range and include such topics as addiction of a family member, aging parent, or adult family members moving back in with parents or other family members. There are a host of issues and dynamics that bring families into family therapy.
Intensive Outpatient Program
This level of counseling is packaged in a format most conducive to address substance abuse recovery. The IOP is appropriate for most people who need a bit more than a one appointment per week counseling experience. The IOP is often an early intervention level program for people beginning to realize they may have a substance abuse/addiction problem. The IOP is also a level of treatment for people coming out of an inpatient or residential program. They may have been in 24 / 7 programs for 30-90 days and are transitioning back into their community/home-life and want to continue working on important issues they have realized while in an inpatient program. The IOP offers multiple group and individual therapy sessions each week.
Structure of IOP:
3 group counseling sessions per week.
1x1 individual therapy weekly, couples, family when needed.
Groups are topic focused and process orientated.
Other groups as determined by treatment plan/needs
Length of IOP:
IOP runs 8-10 weeks
Aftercare: weekly aftercare group with focus on relapse prevention, and recovery 4 months included with program.
Group Therapy: Group counseling is one of the best modalities in dealing with substance abuse. The group dynamic is a powerful experience. Groups can be the preferred modality for teaching skills, practicing social behavior, receiving feedback. Group members often report that the group experience is a life changing event. Group process is intimate. It’s revealing. It’s transforming. It is the cornerstone of our Intensive Outpatient Program for substance abuse recovery and the aftercare component of ongoing recovery.