Individual counseling or therapy involves working on a one-to-one basis with a therapist to address thoughts, feelings and/or behaviors causing stress. It’s also an opportunity to work toward a sense of well-being and to create positive changes in one’s life. Individual therapy is an important part of recovery from depression, anxiety and other mental health issues, helping to reduce symptoms and increase healthy coping skills. It is common for experienced therapists to combine several different approaches or therapeutic techniques when working with clients.
Couples therapy involves identifying sources of dissatisfaction and distress in a relationship, such as conflict and poor communication. The focus of therapy is to develop goals and implement a plan designed to alleviate these symptoms and restore balance and intimacy to the relationship.
Family therapy involves multiple family members and is helpful in treating a number of emotional and adjustment problems. A specific problem or stressful event is often the reason for beginning family therapy, however, the ultimate goal of family therapy is to improve the interaction between all family members and enhance communication and coping skills on a long-term basis.
Group Therapy is often used in addition to individual therapy, and is designed to help individuals grow emotionally and solve personal problems. There are many types of group therapy. However, all utilize the power of the group, as well as the therapist who leads it, in this process.
Psychological tests are written, visual, or verbal evaluations administered to assess the cognitive and emotional functioning of children and adults. The purpose of psychological testing is to assess a variety of mental abilities and attributes, including achievement and ability, personality, and neurological functioning.
For children, academic achievement, ability, and intelligence tests may be used as a tool in school placement, in determining the presence of a learning disability, developmental delay, attention deficit issue, or in identifying giftedness, or in tracking intellectual development.