You might be coming to therapy for relief from depression, anxiety, grief or other stress. To get to know yourself better or change patterns that aren’t working for you. Or because you aspire to grow and be a better version of yourself. We can help.
Psychotherapy can alleviate many issues. And sometimes other treatments can also be effective. They might include medication, guidance in making healthy lifestyle changes or acupuncture. Studies show that combining psychotherapy with medication or acupuncture can help many conditions, such as depression and anxiety.
We work with people from many cultural, ethnic, and religious backgrounds, and with people of all abilities, genders, and sexual orientations.
Areas of focus
We have expertise in depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, disordered eating, low self-worth, body image issues, relationship difficulties, shame, borderline personality disorder, grief, life transitions, and LGBTQ issues, among others.
Contemporary Gestalt Therapy
Gestalt therapy is humanistic, holistic, relational and collaborative. It’s based on the belief that everyone is capable of growth. Gestalt therapy focuses on process (what people are actually doing) in addition to content (what people are talking about). The emphasis is on what you’re doing, thinking, and feeling at the present moment. Gestalt therapy’s method of awareness is similar to the practice of mindfulness. During therapy, the patient and therapist distinguish between actual experience and interpretation. The individual learns to clearly see what they’re doing and what interferes with their ability to change.
Gestalt therapy tries to enable the patient to become more fully and creatively alive. It seeks to free the patient from the blocks that diminish satisfaction and growth. It allows people to experiment with new ways of being. This approach sometimes integrates elements of other therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)
AEDP therapy focuses on healing-oriented techniques. It aims to transform patients by helping them process difficult emotional experiences. AEDP has roots in many other therapeutic approaches, such as interpersonal neurobiology, attachment theory, emotion theory and affective neuroscience, body-focused approaches and transformational studies.
AEDP seeks to help people develop the skills they need to address their painful experiences. It gives patients tools to face challenges when they arise. Consequently, patients often function with a greater sense of confidence.
For some mental health issues, studies show that the most effective treatment is a combination of therapy and medication, rather than just one or the other. Medication is not for everyone. However, if you find that after some time in therapy you’re still struggling with issues like depression, anxiety, mood swings or insomnia, you might consider being evaluated for medication. Antidepressant, anti-anxiety and mood-stabilizing medications are the ones most commonly prescribed. If you’re a candidate for medication, you’ll meet regularly with the prescriber to determine if adjustments to your treatment plan need to be made.
Acupuncture has been used to treat mental health struggles for thousands of years. Based on Chinese medicine, it recognizes that we sometimes have emotional and mental states that cause suffering. Acupuncture has long been used to treat mental health issues. In the present day, it has been shown to be effective in the treatment of conditions such as depression, anxiety and insomnia. It is also helpful in treating victims of trauma and those with PTSD. Aspire’s licensed acupuncturist, Donna Templeton, can provide acupuncture to those who feel like it would benefit them.