Psychological evaluations assess whether an individual appears to have any psychological problems. In particular, psychologists assess whether the individual has the symptoms of any specific psychological diagnoses. An evaluation may also describe or explain the general psychological adjustment problems being presented by an individual in an effort to understand the individual’s behavior.
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Individual therapy involves a unique, one-to-one, professional relationship between the psychologist and the client that is exclusively for the benefit of the client. Both past and current problems and issues are identified and explored at a level and pace that are comfortable for the client. A major assumption of the psychologist-client relationship is that the client is motivated and ready for change.
We also offer short and long-term psychological treatment for children and adolescents including play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, family therapy, and group therapy.
Like individual therapy, couples therapy involves a unique relationship between the therapist and the couple that is unlike a social relationship or a doctor patient relationship. In couples therapy, both members of a couple explore problems and issues that are creating conflict in their relationship. The problems typically facing both types of couples tend to have more in common than not. The same assumptions for individual therapy about exploring issues and problems at a comfortable pace for the clients, as well as the motivation for change, hold true for couples therapy.
Often, when one person in a family has a problem, everyone in the family is affected in one way or another. Family therapy helps members of a family understand their ways of thinking about, communicating and interacting with one another, identifying problems with these thoughts, communications and interactions, and learning new ways to think about, talk with and relate to one another.
Group therapy involves a small number of individuals who share similar problems or concerns. Typically, psychologists leading therapy groups function more as facilitators and are less involved in one-to-one interactions with group members than would be expected in individual, couples or family therapy. The participants in group therapy may expect to receive as much input and feedback from other group members as they do from the facilitating psychologists. Groups can also be an excellent setting for individuals to practice the skills and new ways of thinking that they have acquired in individual therapy.
Hypnosis is a useful tool for most people and has transformative power for individuals with a particular cognitive talent.