Talk Therapy

There are many different types of “talk” therapy.  Rita will select the most appropriate method or blend different approaches to best address your needs.  Here are some of the most common types of talk therapies she uses:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is designed to help you identify and change distorted thought patterns that can lead to feelings and behaviors that are troublesome, self-defeating, or self-destructive. It is based on the premise that how you interpret your experiences in life determines the way you feel and behave. The goal of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is to identify unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive ones. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a close cousin of CBT which incorporates the practice of Mindfulness.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy focuses on increasing your awareness of unconscious thoughts and behaviors, developing new insights into your motivations, and resolving conflicts to live a happier life. Psychodynamic psychotherapy includes a variety of therapeutic techniques such as exploring your past, confronting your beliefs and actions, offering support, and interpreting your thoughts and behavior. With new insights, you can modify unwanted behaviors or thoughts.

In Solution Focused Therapy the objective is to develop a clear, useful definition of the problem you are seeking to overcome. Various approaches to solving the problem are explored and an action plan is defined. Progress in implementing the planned solution is monitored and revised as needed during therapy sessions. This type of therapy is ideal for someone who needs to negotiate a specific life obstacle and wants a direct, short-term therapy experience.

Interpersonal Therapy focuses on current relationships with other people. This therapy identifies dysfunctional relationship dynamics and seeks to understand why they exist. At the same time, effective communication skills and appropriate interpersonal behaviors are learned and practiced.

Psychoeducation teaches you about your mental illness. It explores possible treatments, coping strategies and problem-solving skills for your condition. Psychoeducation can be especially useful for people with chronic or severe illnesses, such as schizophrenia, chronic depression or anxiety, bipolar disorder, and ADHD.

Parent Education provides guidance to parents of children with educational, behavioral, or emotional problems. Often used in conjunction with the child’s individual Play Therapy, parents learn behavioral techniques which serve to reinforce the progress their child is making in therapy.