Psychotherapy (which is often called counseling or therapy) is a form of medical treatment designed to help people understand and overcome a wide variety of mental and emotional challenges. Psychotherapy helps people identify triggers, build on their strengths, and develop appropriate coping mechanisms. Problems helped by psychotherapy include difficulties in coping with daily life; the impact of trauma, medical illness, or loss, such as the death of a loved one; and specific mental disorders such as depression and anxiety. Psychotherapy may be used by itself or in combination with medication or other treatment modalities.
There are several different types of psychotherapy, with some types working better for certain problems or issues. In individual therapy, a patient speaks with a therapist one-on-one. This is different from group, family, and couples therapy where patients speak with a therapist and each other. Therapists may use different styles and methods of psychotherapy depending on their expertise and the patient’s needs.
The therapeutic relationship between a provider and an individual is one of the most important features of effective treatment. Our providers view therapy as an individualized and collaborative process. We value a supportive, empathic approach that allows individuals to partner with us in creating and implementing a successful treatment plan. We are equipped to treat a variety of concerns from general issues (e.g., anxiety, depression, trauma, grief) to those related to specific events or life stages (e.g., adolescents, life adjustment, perinatal issues, infertility, marriage, identity development, career changes, aging).
The techniques we use are evidence-based and include multiple approaches such as supportive, cognitive-behavioral, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. We tailor treatment to incorporate each individual’s needs and goals.
We provide psychotherapy and counseling services to adolescents and adults for these concerns and many others:
Solution-focused therapy (SFT) is an evidence-based type of therapy that is aimed at improving a client’s ability to apply solutions rather than viewing the situation from a problem perspective. Many types of therapy focus on a current problem and how it relates to past problems or a client’s deficits. The mindset of SFT therapy is a little different from this.
SFT uses principles of “positive psychology” to focus on strengths, exceptions to the problem(s), and what has worked in the past to create a vision for what success looks like in the future. The therapy highlights what is currently working in a patient’s life, what solutions have worked before, and what can be applied to the current situation. The process is collaborative, identifying goals that match the patient’s highest hopes and solutions that are consistent with these hopes.
This therapy places focus on discussing solutions, as opposed to dwelling on the challenges. Of course, you must discuss the problem to find a solution, but beyond understanding what the problem is and deciding how to address it, SFT does not dwell on every little detail of the problem you are experiencing
Psychotherapy can help you understand the behaviors, emotions, and ideas that are holding you back, and learn how to modify them. Therapy can help identify the events or problems that contribute to your discomfort, and which aspects of those problems you may be able to resolve. Therapy may also help you learn coping techniques and problem-solving skills so that you can regain a sense of control in your life.
A therapist’s role is to offer you insights into your experiences, advice on how to handle your issues, and evidence-based treatment for your emotional or mental health conditions. But above all, you should expect a therapeutic environment that is compassionate, safe, and focused on helping you feel better. During the first 1-2 sessions, your therapist will begin the process of understanding what issues you want to address and then work with you to create a planned approach that will serve as a guide for your care. From there it is a matter of working with your therapist to address specific goals, learn new ways to manage stress and difficult situations, and ultimately lead to permanent change.
For virtual sessions, the process is the same, but you may want to consider where you will do your sessions. We suggest choosing a quiet and private space where you will feel comfortable participating and joining in the conversation.
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Online therapy, also known as teletherapy, is a secure and effective way to connect with a therapist. In these sessions, patients talk with their therapists through live video. Patients can log on to the calls from anywhere with a secure internet connection. When getting ready for a telehealth appointment, we recommend finding an area that is private and where you will feel comfortable speaking.
Having our patients feel comfortable in their therapy sessions is of the utmost importance, which is why we offer both telehealth and in-person appointment settings
Insurance plans may vary by state and are subject to change.
During the first 1-2 sessions, your therapist will begin the process of understanding what issues you want to address and then work with you to create a planned approach that will serve as a guide for your care. From there it is a matter of working with your therapist to address specific goals, learn new ways to manage stress and difficult situations, and ultimately lead to permanent change.
Depending on the condition and type of therapy, a treatment course is between 12-40 sessions. Your therapist will what to expect during your first session.
You may self-schedule same-day appointments through our new appointment portal or by calling us at 336-649-9000.
Apogee strives to provide access to care that is evidence-based and convenient. Please speak to one of our patient care specialists if you are interested in weekend appointments.
At ABM, we are committed to treating all ages by providing evidence-based services. We have therapists with specialty training in all conditions, including for children and adolescents. Apogee therapists with specialization in child therapy work with ages 3-21.
A licensed therapist is a professional with the experience and credentials to provide therapy services to people who need mental health care. There are many types of licensed therapists, including psychologists and Licensed Professional Counselors.