At Pittsburgh Psychotherapy Associates, individual psychotherapy is, at its very core, a collaborative effort between you and your therapist. This approach is individualized and based on your needs. Our therapeutic style is warm, conversational, and supportive, and you can expect to be treated with care and respect. Our hope is that individual therapy is a place for you to reflect, receive guidance, better understand your strengths, and to find balance in your life.
Although the focus is on the therapeutic relationship, there are many other aspects of individual therapy that contribute to healing and growth. All our therapists possess extensive experience and training in symptom management and application of techniques associated with cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectic behavioral therapy, as well as psychodynamic, and couples and family systems therapy. Our goal is to help facilitate and nurture change in the attitudes, choices, behaviors, and thoughts of our clients through awareness, increased understanding and authenticity.
Couples and Marital Therapy
Couples therapy helps partners experience their relationship differently by better understanding one another, creating and maintaining respect within the relationship, and working to defuse recurring conflicts. Moreover, therapy provides a safe environment to explore needs, fears, desires, and expectations from a relational and individual perspective. Couples therapy can help with communication and problem solving skills, financial stressors, sexual issues, parenting conflicts, infidelities, and changing roles.
Our goal is to assist each couple in identifying the obstacles within their relationship, and to explore underlying assumptions and expectations that often lead to criticism and emotional detachment. Our hope is to foster a positive core and balance for each relationship, which can be accomplished by improving the couple’s bond, to ensure lasting change and wellness.
Family therapy focuses on relationships within the family unit. The family is seen as a system, rather than the sum of its individual members. Family therapy is used to approach a variety of therapeutic goals. Rather than viewing problems and issues as caused by a particular family member, family therapy helps to identify the ways that relationship and individual problems are caused and maintained by the family dynamics. Family therapy can help to improve communication and problem-solving skills, parenting conflicts, changing roles, and school-based and peer issues.
At Pittsburgh Psychotherapy Associates, our goal is to bring families closer together by providing a safe and open forum for every member of the family to be heard and understood. Our experienced therapists will assist families with designing and maintaining a plan of action that emphasizes respect, dignity and cooperation. Families will discover new paths to communication and build on their strengths as a means to create their own unique formula for wellness.
LGBTQ refers to individuals within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. The term LGBTQ is intended to emphasize the diversity of sexuality and gender identity-based cultures. Although there is a wider social acceptance of LGBTQ persons than there was just 5 or 10 years ago, prejudice and ignorance are still widespread. Coping with prejudice, “coming out” to one’s family, creating an “authentic” sense of self in the face of social expectations and pressures – all this can lead to increased levels of depression, anxiety and substance abuse for LGBTQ persons. Being openly gay in the workplace, school or in public can lead to bullying from others and promote feelings of isolation, alienation and poor self-image.
Additionally, many of the issues a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered person brings to therapy are essentially the same issues a straight person would bring. Gay couples argue over things heterosexual couples argue about – money, sex, parenting, family, careers – even if they may also argue over issues of “coming out” to family and peers and having a public identity as a gay couple, which a straight couple wouldn’t have to face. Therapy can help address these issues as well as promote wellness and coping strategies.
Pittsburgh Psychotherapy Associates does not discriminate against any person based on race, color, religion, creed, age, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, military status or disability.
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