Frequently Asked Questions

What is psychotherapy?

Psychotherapy is a team process helping people who are struggling with anxiety, depression, low self esteem and a variety of life problems. It provides a safe environment of support and privacy to talk openly and honestly about your thoughts, feelings and important concerns with a highly trained professional. This is different from sitting with friends and family to talk about problems. In psychotherapy, there is no need to worry about "wearing out" those close to you. Your psychologist is trained to listen to you with sensitivity and to provide you with real life answers to troubling problems.

The process of psychotherapy with a psychologist is based on procedures that are tried and true and have been scientifically validated over decades of research. Most people seek help through psychotherapy because of painful emotions and difficult life problems. Some people seek help because of biologically based emotional problems, such as disabling anxiety and depression, bipolar illness or a variety of addictions.

Each person is treated by their psychologist as a unique individual as well as an important member of a family, social circle and community. There are no "cookie cutter" solutions to each person's problems. Individualized treatment plans, created by a psychologist, include specific plans and strategies for recovery.

A qualified psychologist will answer any questions that you may have about methods used, the expected length of treatment, diagnosis and other questions that may arise during the course of your work together.

What is neuropsychology and neuropsychological testing?

Neuropsychology is a specialty field, investigating the relationship between the function of the brain and our emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Neuropsychology has been instrumental in developing methods for evaluating and treating patients who have survived a variety of physical trauma resulting in brain injury; who have suffered strokes, heart attacks and prolonged asthma attacks; as well as patients who live with dementia as a result of illnesses such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and other neurological illness. This is a brief description of the complex conditions that can be effectively evaluated and treated by qualified neuropsychologists. When requested by the patient, a neuropsychologist will consult with family members, attorneys, physicians and rehabilitation specialists.