THERAPY BASICS

Not sure which style of therapy suits your needs best? You’re not alone — sometimes it’s hard to tell. When you call to make an appointment, we’ll guide you through some basic questions to help us best identify how we can best support you; below, we identify some key differences to consider.

Therapy Models

Individual Therapy: In this model, you’ll meet one-on-one with your therapist, who will work to guide and support you in tackling thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that may be causing issues in many different arenas. The key emphasis is on cultivating a clearer sense of self, reducing presenting symptoms, and building individual skills to apply in different domains outside of the therapy room.

Couple/Family Therapy: In this model, two or more people meet with your provider, who will work with each person together to identify and clarify the individual and relational issues contributing to one or more presenting problems. This form of therapy adopts a systems approach, which treats the relationship unit (the couple, or the family, for example) as a whole, working to restore harmony and provide tools for better understanding and communication.

Group Therapy: In this model, two or more people with similar presenting problems (social anxiety, for example) meet with one or more therapists who ensure that the space becomes one for safe exploration, shared growth, and targeted guidance through steps aimed at evidence-based symptom reduction. Group therapy is effective with several--but not all--issues, and is often utilized in tandem with individual therapy to offer the best route to overall wellness. Your therapist will help you to decide if group therapy is for you, and any of the emPATH clinicians would welcome the opportunity to discuss whether this modality would be a welcome addition to any current treatment.

Therapy Models

Individual Therapy: In this model, you’ll meet one-on-one with your therapist, who will work to guide and support you in tackling thoughts, feelings, or behaviors that may be causing issues in many different arenas. The key emphasis is on cultivating a clearer sense of self, reducing presenting symptoms, and building individual skills to apply in different domains outside of the therapy room.

Couple/Family Therapy: In this model, two or more people meet with your provider, who will work with each person together to identify and clarify the individual and relational issues contributing to one or more presenting problems. This form of therapy adopts a systems approach, which treats the relationship unit (the couple, or the family, for example) as a whole, working to restore harmony and provide tools for better understanding and communication.

Group Therapy: In this model, two or more people with similar presenting problems (social anxiety, for example) meet with one or more therapists who ensure that the space becomes one for safe exploration, shared growth, and targeted guidance through steps aimed at evidence-based symptom reduction. Group therapy is effective with several--but not all--issues, and is often utilized in tandem with individual therapy to offer the best route to overall wellness. Your therapist will help you to decide if group therapy is for you, and any of the emPATH clinicians would welcome the opportunity to discuss whether this modality would be a welcome addition to any current treatment.

 
 

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