Individual therapy sessions can be provided as either a supplement to the DBT Skills Treatment Group, or as the primary mode of therapy. For people who choose the group, individual sessions can be used to create a therapeutic rapport so that problem behaviours and situations can be examined closely, and new behaviours can be learned and practiced. These sessions are also essential for increasing motivation, enhancing capabilities, dealing with intolerable emotions and uncovering thinking problems.
Sometimes clients have challenges that make it difficult for them to come in to the office. This can include an acute episode of depression or anxiety, a refusal to leave the home, or circumstantial challenges. PEACE Psychotherapy recognizes that this can be an obstacle to effective treatment. For this reason, we offer confidential online video services when needed, either to replace individual sessions or in-between session coaching.
PEACE Psychotherapy views parents as partners in the therapeutic process. This is especially true when there is lots of conflict between the adolescent and other family members, but it is also true when family members are inadvertently reinforcing or “enabling” maladaptive behaviours. Family members often find themselves: a) alternating between extremes in parenting styles b) over or under reacting to adolescent problem behaviours c) struggling with their teens’ transition from a dependant teenager to an independent young adult. In these situations family sessions become critical. The purpose of the family sessions then is to help the family resolve these dilemmas and create a space for healing and growth. At times, it may be important to have home-based sessions in order to develop a more accurate assessment of the problem and to determine appropriate interventions.
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Couples therapy is an opportunity to build greater understanding of yourself, your partner, and your dynamic.