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Our Services and Treatments

Psychiatric Evaluations

Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations are necessary to diagnose any psychiatric illness. The aims of a general psychiatric evaluation are:

  • • to establish whether a mental disorder is present.
  • • to collect data sufficient to support differential diagnosis and a comprehensive clinical formulation.
  • • to collaborate with the patient to develop an initial treatment plan that will foster treatment adherence, with particular consideration of any immediate interventions that may be needed to address the safety of the patient.
  • • to identify longer-term issues (e.g., premorbid personality) that need to be considered in follow-up care.

After evaluation, some problems which appear to be biological, requiring medication for treatment, other therapy is the primary focus of treatment. Most patients will have a combination of biological, psychological and social factors.

Medication Management

Medication management optimizes the therapeutic outcomes for individual patients. This service includes but is not limited to performing or obtaining necessary assessments of the patient’s health status; formulating a medication treatment plan; selecting, initiating, modifying, or administering medication therapy; and monitoring and evaluating the patient’s response to therapy, including safety and effectiveness.

We also perform a comprehensive medication review to identify, resolve, and prevent medication-related problems, including adverse drug effects. We then document the care delivered and communicate this essential information to our patient’s other primary care providers.

Supportive Psychotherapy

Supportive psychotherapy focuses on strengthening a patient's mental defenses and providing consistency, advice and support (in contrast to types of therapy that focus on revealing subconscious motives, e.g., psychodynamic therapies).

Insight Oriented Psychotherapy

The basic premise of insight-oriented psychotherapy is that a person is experiencing depression because of unconscious psychological conflicts. Increasing the patient’s understanding of the underlying themes, thoughts, and behavioral patterns can result in improved mood both in the short and in the long term.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a brief form of psychotherapy used in the treatment of adults and children with depression. Its focus is on current issues and symptoms versus more traditional forms of therapy which tend to focus on a person's past history. The usual format consists of weekly therapy sessions coupled with daily practice exercises designed to help the patient apply CBT skills in their home environment.

CBT for depression involves several essential features: identifying and correcting inaccurate thoughts associated with depressed feelings (cognitive restructuring), helping patients to engage more often in enjoyable activities (behavioral activation), and enhancing problem-solving skills. The first of these components, cognitive restructuring, involves collaboration between the patient and the therapist to identify and modify habitual errors in thinking that are associated with depression. Depressed patients often experience distorted thoughts about themselves (e.g., “I am stupid”), their environment (e.g., “My life is terrible”) and their future (e.g., “There is no sense in going forward, nothing will work out for me”).


Our sessions include Family Counseling, Parental Counseling, Couples Counseling and Gay/Lesbian Counseling. When considering counseling, it's normal to wonder whether seeing a counselor will actually work. Many of our clients who have been through counseling have shared that their experience with therapy proved effective in helping their relationships. Great place for some anonymous quotes from patients!

Group Therapy

When people interact freely with other group members, they usually recreate those difficulties that brought them to therapy in the first place. Under the direction of the group therapist, the group is able to give support, offer alternatives, and comfort members in such a way that these difficulties become resolved and alternative behaviors are learned. The group also allows a person to develop new ways of relating to people.

During group therapy, people begin to see that they are not alone and that there is hope and help. It is comforting for a client to learn how other people have solved a difficulty similar to his/her own, or to discover that he/she has already worked through a problem that deeply disturbs another group member. Another reason for the success of group therapy is that people feel free to care about each other because of the climate of trust in a group.

Life Coaching

Life Coaching is a profession that is profoundly different from consulting, mentoring, advice, therapy, or counseling. The coaching process addresses specific personal projects, business successes, general conditions and transitions in the client's personal life, relationships or profession by examining what is happening right now, discovering what the client’s obstacles or challenges might be, and choosing a course of action to make the client’s life become what he/she wants it to be.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)

MBCT helps the client understand what depression is. It will also help you discover what makes you vulnerable to downward mood spirals, and why you get stuck at the bottom of the spiral. It will allow you to see the connection between downward spirals and high standards that oppress us or feelings that we are simply “not good enough” or ways we put pressure on ourselves or make ourselves miserable with overwork or ways we lose touch with what makes life worth living.

Addiction Treatment and Counseling

Our role in addiction treatment is to provide support, education, and nonjudgmental confrontation. Establishing a good rapport with the patient is essential. The patient recovering from chemical addiction deserves to feel understood and that he or she has an ally. The counselor conveys understanding the difficulty of the patient’s struggle and the need for support through the recovery process.

* Baker Act Examinations provided as appropriate