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Individual Psychotherapy

Counseling and Consulting Services, as provided by Joseph L. Gill, LMFT, is a general practice engaged in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders that require professional intervention by a licensed practitioner. The services include Individual psychotherapy, Marital and couple therapy, general counseling, and consulting. Further serves are extended to Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), on-sight critical incident briefing, conflict resolution and substance abuse assessment. Other treatment specialties include, but are not limited to, treatment for depression and mood disorders, anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, drug and lust addiction anger management and character disorders, Male and female issues, assertiveness training, and personal growth.

Psychotherapy treatment models, as was known in their early stages of development, is for the most part no longer appropriate or feasible in today’s market for mental health assistance. It is much too time consuming and from a medical insurance perspective, just not practical. The trend in today’s treatment approaches  and psychotherapy is called brief-therapy. This is a process geared more toward problem-centered and problem-focus treatment modalities with applied in blocks of treatment. Perhaps 1-3 sessions for the problem assessment, followed by a series of sessions for treatment that includes suggested options, providing guidance, modeling, and support for choices made. This is followed by closure and follow-up. The complete treatment generally ranges from 1-20 sessions with a target of completion in 10-12 sessions, and follow-up if necessary.

There are many models and approaches to individual psychotherapy. The most popular are cognitive, analytical, and behavioral approaches, in addition to direct training and coaching, and teaching methods and training in assertion techniques. Not all methods are appropriate for all personalities in the counseling situation. Many patients like a passive approach in counseling, while other like a more frank and directive approach. Additionally, many therapist are more comfortable using the passive approach than a more directive one.  Choosing a therapist that you are most comfortable and compatible with provides a more positive outcome.  Unless the therapist of choice is an intern and under supervision of an experienced veteran, a wise choice would be to consider a therapist with at least 5 or more years experience.  

Relationship & Marital Therapy

Relationship and Marital Therapy are also know as conjoint psychotherapy. Most therapy in general is related to relationship issues in one way or another. Whether securing or maintaining a relationship, eventually this seems to be the bottom line even if one is single or unmarried.  Not just marital relationships are considered for stress or conflict intervention, relationships with a friend, family member, co-worker or boss could be the concern. Those who come in for individual psychotherapy are often concerned about their relationship with themselves as well as others.

Relationship therapy has to be assessed on two levels, primary and secondary. Primary issues and personality issues that one brings into the relationship, and secondary issues are those that develop in the course of the relationship.  Also to be assessed is if the issues are acute or chronic.  The earlier the issues are addressed the quicker and easier they are to resolve.

Crisis Intervention

Crisis intervention is called for when there is an impending threat to ones mental and physical health, and there is need for immediate attention and solutions.

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