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You might be coming to therapy for relief from depression, anxiety, grief or other psychological stress. You might want to know yourself better or change patterns that are not working for you. You may aspire to grow and be a better version of yourself. This is exactly what we are here for and what we can help you find.

In addition to psychotherapy, sometimes other treatment modalities are helpful in managing or alleviating troubling symptoms. They might include the addition of medication, guidance in making healthy lifestyle changes and acupuncture. Studies have shown that medication as well as acupuncture are effective treatment adjuncts for a number of mental health conditions including but not limited to depression anxiety.

We work with all people from various cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds and with people of all abilities, genders, and sexual orientations.

Areas of focus

Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, disordered eating, low self-worth, body image issues, relationship difficulties, shame, borderline personality disorder, grief and loss, life transitions, and LGBTQ issues, among others.

Therapy Approaches

Contemporary Gestalt Therapy

Gestalt therapy is humanistic, holistic, relational and collaborative. This approach is based on a model of health, and that we are all capable of and oriented toward growth. Gestalt therapy focuses on process (what is actually happening) in addition to content (what is being talked about). The emphasis is on what is being done, thought, and felt at the present moment. Gestalt therapy is a method of awareness practice, what is called mindfulness in other therapies. In the process of therapy, the patient and therapist distinguish between actual experience versus interpretation or assumptions. The individual learns to become aware of what he or she is doing and what interferes with the ability to change.

Ultimately, the objective of Gestalt therapy is to enable the patient to become more fully and creatively alive and to become free from the blocks and unfinished business that may diminish satisfaction, fulfillment, and growth, and to experiment with new ways of being. This approach can incorporate interventions and skills from other theories such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).

Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

AEDP is a form of therapy that focuses on healing-oriented techniques and aims to achieve transformation in patients by exploring and processing difficult emotional and relational experiences. AEDP has roots in with many other therapeutic approaches such as interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, emotion theory and affective neuroscience, body-focused approaches and transformational studies.

The ultimate goal of AEDP therapy is to help individuals develop the skills they need to address and deal with their painful experiences versus defaulting to defensive strategies. By instilling in patients the necessary tools to confront issues and challenges when they arise, individuals will be able to function productively with a greater sense of confidence.

Medical Approaches

Studies have shown that often the most effective treatment for some mental health issues is a combination of therapy and medication rather than either alone. Medication is not for everyone. However, if you find that after a period of time in therapy, you are still struggling with such things as unresolved depression, anxiety, mood swings or insomnia, you might consider being evaluated for medication. Antidepressant, anti-anxiety and mood stabilizing medications are the most commonly prescribed. If you are a candidate for medication, you will meet regularly with the prescriber to assess your response to the medication and to determine if changes need to be made.

Acupuncture is another method used to treat mental health struggles. It has been around for thousands of years and is based on Chinese medicine which recognizes that we can have emotional and mental states that cause suffering. Acupuncture has long been used to treat mental health issues, and in present day, it has been shown to be effective in the treatment of conditions such as depression, anxiety, addiction and insomnia. It is also helpful in treating victims of trauma and those with PTSD. For patients who feel that acupuncture would be a beneficial addition to their treatment, it can be provided at Aspire by Donna Templeton who is a licensed acupuncturist as well as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.