What we do everyday matters more than what we do once in awhile.
– John Gottman
Couples and Family Counseling
A branch of psychotherapy that works with families and couples in intimate relationships to nurture change and development. It tends to view change in terms of the systems of interaction between family members. It emphasizes family relationships as an important factor in psychological health.
A branch of psychotherapy in which its main treatment involves placing patients in groups and, under the guidance of a trained therapist or coach, encouraging them to discuss their problems with each other. This process is designed to recreate the family dynamic experience and is one of the best forms of treatment for those who have limited outside support systems, have had traumatic relationship experiences or who have difficulty with some interpersonal connections or boundaries.
Holistic Psychotherapy and Individual Counseling
Individual Counseling is one on one counseling that is direct, active, personal, and focused on increasing the individual client’s self-understanding and adjustment to changes in their world.
Whatever the source, holistic psychotherapy works to restore the balance between mind, spirit, and body. It is a blending of ancient eastern methodologies with modern western psychotherapies that reach into your inner self and helps you experience a better life with less pain, disharmony, and stress. At HarmonyUS, we are devoted to helping you restore strength and balance to where you can begin to engage life again on a level to where you will feel enriched. We work to help you release the negativity around you and focus on positive aspects and behaviors designed to enrich your life. Our goal is simply to help you experience more joy and well-being in your everyday living.
The Gottman Method
Couples therapy is a form of therapy used to treat relationship distress for both individuals and couples. Couples may meet together and individually during this process. The Gottman Method is the primary form of relationship therapy that we use.This method of therapy was developed out of research to help partners: Increase respect, affection, and closeness. Breakthrough and resolve conflict when they feel stuck. The Gottman Method is effective for all relationship types.
Play therapy is a form of counseling or psychotherapy that uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve psychosocial challenges. This is thought to help them towards better social integration, growth, and development.
Play therapy can also be used as a tool of diagnosis. A play therapist observes a client playing with toys (play-houses, pets, dolls, etc.) to determine the cause of the disturbed behavior. The objects and patterns of play, as well as the willingness to interact with the therapist, can be used to understand the underlying rationale for behavior both inside and outside the session.
According to the psychodynamic view, people (especially children) will engage in play behavior in order to work through their interior obfuscations and anxieties. In this way, play therapy can be used as a self-help mechanism, as long as children are allowed time for “free play” or “unstructured play.” Normal play is an essential component of healthy child development.
One approach to treatment is for play therapists to use a type of desensitization or relearning therapy to change disturbing behavior, either systematically or in less formal social settings. These processes are normally used with children but are also applied with other pre-verbal, non-verbal, or verbally-impaired persons, such as slow-learners, or brain-injured or drug-affected persons.