What It Is
Psychotherapy includes assessment and diagnosis to determine an appropriate course of care and to be sure that treatment targets the underlying problem, not just the symptoms. Your doctor will ask you about your current symptoms, how long these symptoms have been present, and the impact on your life. Your doctor may also recommend some psychological or medical tests to assist with treatment planning. Services include treatment for anxiety, depression, trauma and loss, relationship issues, and substance abuse, as well as other problems that hamper everyday living.
Who It Is For
Psychotherapy is not solely for individuals with a mental illness. Many individuals have patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that cause distress in their lives or that of their family. Understanding how past experiences impact current functioning and reactions offers individuals an opportunity to maximize their potential and make changes that improve and enrich the quality of life.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral psychotherapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to increase clients' psychological flexibility -- their ability to engage in values-based, positive behaviors while experiencing difficult thoughts, emotions, or sensations. ACT has been shown to increase effective action; reduce dysfunctional thoughts, feelings, and behaviors; and alleviate psychological distress for individuals with a broad range of mental health issues.
Our doctors are exceptionally well-trained, caring professionals who are ready to help you achieve your goals and to make the necessary changes to foster greater harmony and well-being in your life. Coordination with medical professionals ensures that medical and medication issues are incorporated into the plan of treatment, when appropriate.
Psychotherapy is offered to children, adolescents, adults, and families.
Read Doctors’ Profiles on the Carter Psychology Center TEAM.