Individual therapy (sometimes called “psychotherapy” or “counseling”) is a process through which clients work one-on-one with a trained or licensed therapist—in a safe, warm, and confidential environment—to explore their feelings, beliefs, or behaviors, work through challenging or trying memories, identify aspects of their lives that they would like to change, better understand themselves, their relationships, or current life state, to set personal goals, and work toward desired outcomes.
People seek therapy for an variety of reasons, from coping with major life challenges or childhood or adult trauma, to dealing with depression or anxiety, to purely desiring personal growth and greater self-knowledge. A client and therapist may work together using a variety of techniques, depending on the client’s unique needs and personal goals for therapy.
Couples counseling, relationship counseling, or couples therapy, is a form of therapy that supports people in intimate relationships. Therapy may be helpful for partners considering separation or seeing improved intimacy and understanding. While the relationship itself is the focus in couples counseling, each partner is expected to pay attention to self-improvement and self-awareness.
Family therapy is a branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples to nurture relationships and improve communication. Sometimes families need help working through a crisis or a stressful time--a death in the family, a lay-off, substance abuse, a birth or adoption, remarriage, children’s behavior issues. Regardless of whether the current challenge is seen as an “individual” or a “family” issue, it is believed that involving the family is beneficial. Family therapists help individuals express needs appropriately, make compromises, and establish boundaries to strengthen the family unit.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
Psychological Testing & Assessment
Sometimes, a person's mental health symptoms and/or the nature/function of their current behavior is unclear. In such cases, the person may be referred for psychological assessment. Psychological assessments can help to clarify a person's diagnosis in order to guide treatment, by better understanding a person's strengths and weaknesses. The process of psychological assessment may involve a clinical interview, administration of psychological tests, observation of behavior, and consultation with people who interact with the person being evaluated.
Substance Use Disorder Counseling
MAP BHC offers Substance Use Disorder Counseling not only for people with addiction issues but to people who are concerned about their use of alcohol or other drugs. Substance Use Disorder Counseling focuses on a process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a self – directed life, and strive to reach their full potential. This type of counseling addresses the ways in which drugs and alcohol affect people physically, emotionally and mentally as well as in their relationships. We help people to reclaim their lives through breaking the cycle of addiction, and overcoming the stigma associated with the disease. With the assistance of a counselor trained in chemical dependency, people can find new ways of dealing with difficulties in their lives without relying on alcohol or other drugs to mask the problems they face. Counseling is not only for those struggling with use but for family members who find it difficult to understand, and cope with the challenges associated with a trying to help a loved one.