Individual therapy is a working relationship with a person who can help you understand your problems and how to change them. As you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviors with an accepting person, your understanding of your problems often changes, and you are empowered to think, feel and act differently.
Couples therapy may be used to improve the success of a beginning relationship, get a relationship "unstuck," or change (or end) a destructive relationship. The therapist helps the couple observe and change unproductive communication patterns so that partners can understand each other's needs and solve problems together.
Group therapy is helpful for people who want to change how they relate to others, or want to get support and ideas for coping with a problem or condition. Groups usually range from six to ten members, and may be time-limited or ongoing.
Family therapy includes at least one parent and at least one child (including an adult child), and may include extended family. Often, a family is concerned about one person's behavior or symptoms, and the therapist helps the family understand how everyone can be part of the solution.
A psychiatric evaluation is a broad assessment of your current mental health and mental health history, social history, medical problems and any substance abuse problems. Based on this assessment, the psychiatrist is able to determine whether psychiatric medication is needed, and which medication(s) may be most effective.
Your psychiatrist needs to meet with you periodically to determine how well your medication is working and to make adjustments as needed. The frequency of visits depends on whether changes are being made and how well you are doing.
Psychological testing includes an in-depth interview and one or more assessments of your personality, mental health problems, intelligence, neurological functioning or other specific areas. Psychological testing is usually used to clarify your problems and strengths, and to provide your clinican with recommendations for treatment. It may also be helpful to you in learning more about yourself.