"Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly..."
Individual Therapy means you will come to your sessions alone. We will work together for 50 minutes a session (the “Clinical Hour”).
The focus of therapy will depend on why you have decided to come to see me. You may be working towards eliminating the negative things that have taken over your life (depression, pain, trauma) and creating positive change (a happier relationship, a new career). That “therapeutic hour” will be completely focused on you.
In order to heal more effectively it is suggested that you come in once a week initially. Many people ask how long they will need to see me for therapy. That is a difficult question because it all depends on why you are coming to see me. In addition to talk therapy I will provide you with a JOURNAL in order to begin writing down your feelings and behaviors . We may explore art therapy or hypnosis if you are interested.
When one person is in emotional or physical pain it can negatively impact your partner and family. You and your partner will need to learn to work together during times of stress, instead of fighting against one another.
If you or your spouse have been abused during childhood or adulthood, it can put stress on many aspects of your marriage or partnership. Therapy can help you and your partner understand what has happened and how it it is affecting your relationship. We work on improving your communication skills, expressing your feelings in a positive way and learning how to really listen and be heard. As much as your family and partner love you, they aren’t “psychic” and you need to learn to ask for what you need and what you do NOT want or need. When I work with both of you in addition to working with you individually, you may find that stress and anger at home decreases and you can rebuild your relationship with a foundation of trust and love.
Occasionally, I organize small groups to address issues that many of my patients want to discuss with others. I am currently organizing therapy groups for individuals struggling with Chronic Illness (Fibromyalgia, chronic pain,etc) or Depression/Bipolar Disorder or PTSD. Please call and ask what type of group you are interested in and I will let you know when I can arrange it. I occasional offer groups in a virtual setting for ultimate confidentiality. I use a virtual world known as SECOND LIFE. You create an avatar and we meet as group online. This way you can stay in the comfort of your home, you will not be recognized by anyone (except me) because you will create a name different from your real one. Another option is to do a SKYPE group-this is NOT done via video (like individual therapy on Skype).We would just use the vocal part of skype- if you are interested in this you might want to create a secondary skype address so no one in the group will know your name. Please contact me if you want to be put on a list for this type of group therapy. I don’t do group often, only when enough patients want to utilize this type of therapy.
Karen Anne Hoving.Ph.D.