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Wait, there’s different types of therapists?!

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Wait, there’s different types of therapists?!

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Okay, awesome – you’re ready to start therapy! We’re glad that you’ve taken a first step in your healing and self-understanding journey. 

The next step, I’d imagine, would be finding a therapist. There’s a lot of helpful resources out there for finding the right therapist – Psychology Today, Inclusive Therapist, etc – but how do you know what or who you need? Not all therapists are the same, or even work with the same types of needs, and it can be overwhelming to navigate through the sea of therapists on various sites.

Therapy isn’t a “one-size fits all” type of thing where you can go to any therapist with any difficulty and find relief. Therapists specialize in a variety of different niches and aspects of therapy. You can’t assume any therapist will be a good fit. Part of the intake process, especially at Wise Mind PLLC is to see if your therapist is a good fit for YOU, and to see if you’re a good fit for them. If it isn’t a good fit, therapy won’t function as smoothly as possible – it can work, but is it working as well as it could? You’ll find the best treatment from a therapist that specializes in your specific needs.

To help you out, here’s a list of different specialties, and what these styles of therapy look like in practice. Our hope is to help give you a little extra guidance in your search. We’ll also mark off the types of therapy we offer at Wise Mind PLLC with an asterisk.

 

*Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT): A type of therapy that is grounded in developing and strengthening coping skills in areas related to Mindfulness, Interpersonal Effectiveness (relationships and communication), Emotional Regulation, and Distress Tolerance. The concept of Dialectics is also vital in this therapy as it has us acknowledge the duality of thoughts, emotions, and situations. Many clients can benefit from learning how to process and act differently to everyday situations as well as complex and stressful situations. Although many folks would benefit from DBT, this type of treatment is especially helpful for clients with diagnoses like Borderline Personality Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, and Anxiety as well as clinical concerns like passive suicidality, self-harm, and emotional eating. 

Written by Chris Schrimscher, LC, Therapy Program Director

 

*Psycho-Spiritual Therapy: A process of using spiritual or religious beliefs in tandem with psycho-therapy. If your spiritual or religious beliefs are a significant part of your life and healing journey, exploring it therapeutically can assist in processing and grounding.  Depending on belief systems utilized by the client, a variety of topics can come up in therapy such as chakra work, shadow work, dream analysis, and meditation. Some aspects of psycho-spiritual therapy can be related back to the work of psychiatrist and psychoanalyst Carl Jung, and his multi-faceted approach to healing. At Wise Mind PLLC, we have a Spiritual Integration Program specifically for this purpose.

– Written by Sierra Johnson, LLP, Spiritual Integration Program Director

 

Health Psychology: A specialty area that is concerned with exploring how psychological, biological, behavioral and social experiences impact and interact with our physical health. Clinical health psychologists may conduct behavioral assessments, clinical interviews, administer personality tests, conduct psychotherapy, utilize behavior modification, and present health education among a few. Additionally, health psychologists work with their clients to identify and manage internal and external areas that are impacting their physical and mental health. Many health psychologists work with persons with chronic illnesses, while others work with the general population to help develop healthy habits or to end unpleasant or unhealthy ones.

Health psychologists may be involved in serving larger populations such as addressing or developing programs in medical settings, community clinics or working with businesses to identify problems and improve employee performance, safety, or morale. There are several subspecialty areas in health psychology and it has several shared parallels with the mind-body connection approach in our human experiences. This approach can assist people with managing chronic pain, chronic illnesses, terminal illness or for those individuals concerned with developing a healthier lifestyle.

– Written by Stephanie Younglove, LLP, Sexual Health Program Supervisor

 

*Trauma-Informed Treatment: You might have heard the buzz words “trauma-informed therapy” floating around in recent years. It means that we should evaluate our behaviors and responses through a lens of the challenging experiences that have happened to us. Therapists who prioritize this lens, believe that the things we’ve been through impact our neurobiology and continue with us. They focus on trauma responses, understanding their origins and meanings, and work to deconstruct past and present to reduce survival strategies that were once helpful for us to cope but may no longer be in the current time. Reintegrating mind and body to work as one rather than be overtaken by the trauma response system (aka sympathetic nervous system) is of utmost importance to instill a sense of safety, connection, and choice. 

– Written by Toni Crocilla, LP, Founder & Clinical Director

 

*Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR): A transformative therapeutic approach rooted in guiding individuals through processing traumatic experiences and fostering adaptive coping mechanisms. By engaging in Dual-Attention Stimulation, typically through eye movements, EMDR facilitates the reprocessing of distressing memories, allowing individuals to integrate these experiences into their lives in a healthier manner. Remembering things that had been forgotten is a common experience during EMDR treatment. EMDR provides a structured framework for addressing trauma and its associated symptoms. Through acknowledging the duality of past experiences and current emotions, EMDR empowers individuals to navigate everyday challenges with newfound resilience and clarity. While EMDR can be beneficial for a wide range of clients, it is particularly effective for those grappling with conditions such as PTSD, anxiety disorders, depression, and complex trauma. 

– Written by Chris Couling, LLMSW, Therapy Program Clinical Therapist

 

Somatic Experiencing (SE): A form of therapy that specifically looks at the experience of emotions in the body, especially in relation to trauma. It utilizes the topics of mindfulness, movement, and exploration of sensation to offer a better understanding of emotional and physical experiences. This can assist with emotional regulation, stress reduction, and increase emotional intelligence. Another helpful aspect to SE is that it can make processing difficult memories easier by navigating physiological processes as the memory is being explored. SE shows benefit for individuals with PTSD, anxiety, pain management needs, and a variety of other concerns. 

Written by Sierra Johnson, LLP, Spiritual Integration Program Director

 

*Psychological Testing: Have you heard of the “ink blot test” or intelligence testing? Psychological Testing is a field that is specific to utilizing a wide range of tests to explore achievement, personality, neurological functioning, the subconscious, and diagnose mental illness. A psychometrician is the person that administers these tests, and a report of the findings will be reviewed with the client to identify their strengths, areas of opportunity, and personalized recommendations. Tests can include, but are not limited to, ADHD Assessments, Trauma Assessments, Neuropsychological Evaluations, and Substance Use Assessments. Wise Mind PLLC has a program specifically for assessments that offers a variety of testing. 

Written by Sierra Johnson, LLP, Spiritual Integration Program Director

 

Child Psychologist/Therapist: A child psychologist, as the name suggests, is a therapist that specializes in working with children and sometimes teenagers. Working with children can be a bit different than working with adults due to the differences in conceptualization, semantics, and development. Often, child psychologists will specify what age range they work with. This form of therapy can also include “Play Therapy” which is a modality that utilizes toys, art, and activities to help a client explore a specific story or concept, or to explore how a client may perceive a situation through non-verbal means. 

Written by Sierra Johnson, LLP, Spiritual Integration Program Director

 

*Sexual Self-Regulation: The Self-Regulation Model (SRM) is a process that involves working to modify thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to better achieve our goals. This model is used in various aspects of therapy, but is a specific modality in the prevention work we do in the Sexual Health Program at Wise Mind PLLC. Self-Regulation simply means that one is learning to identify thoughts, feelings or behaviors that have been barriers to meeting healthy goals and we work to modify the strategies used to meet their goals. When we’re talking about prevention in the Sexual Health Program, this can look like having sexual thoughts or feelings that one is not sure how to manage or can sometimes feel out of one’s control. It can also be engaging in or thinking about engaging in sexual behaviors that do not align with one’s personal goals or could be illegal. By exploring the thoughts, feelings, and sometimes behaviors, one is able to learn to alter or create new coping (or self-regulation) strategies that better align with one’s values and goals moving forward in life, ultimately leading to increased life satisfaction! This model has proven to be helpful with those having concerning sexual thoughts, considering engaging in illegal or risky sexual behaviors, have already engaged in illegal sexual behaviors, and minor attracted persons.

 Written by Staci Zonca, LPC, Sexual Health Program Director

 

*Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy (PAT): These therapies represent a groundbreaking frontier in mental health treatment, harnessing the therapeutic potential of substances like Ketamine, MDMA, and Psilocybin to facilitate profound psychological healing. Ketamine, initially known for its anesthetic properties, has emerged as a promising tool in treating depression and other mood disorders when administered in controlled, therapeutic settings. Its rapid-acting nature allows individuals to experience relief from symptoms often unresponsive to traditional treatments. Similarly, Psilocybin, found in certain species of mushrooms, has garnered attention for its ability to induce transformative, mystical experiences conducive to introspection and emotional processing. Under the guidance of trained therapists, individuals can navigate these psychedelic journeys, confronting deep-seated traumas and existential questions with newfound clarity and insight. The therapeutic integration of these experiences fosters enduring psychological growth and a renewed sense of well-being. While Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies are still undergoing rigorous research and regulatory scrutiny, they hold immense promise for revolutionizing mental health care, offering hope to those enduring conditions such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, OCD, and PTSD. Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy will be offered at Wise Mind PLLC as part of our Expanding Consciousness Program upon federal and state-wide regulatory and legislative changes.

– Written by Chris Couling, LLMSW, Therapy Program Clinical Therapist

 

On top of this, there are so many other styles and practices of therapy that may be for you. This is a limited list with a lot of emphasis on what is offered at Wise Mind PLLC. Checking through therapy sites and seeing what’s out there can be beneficial to your process, and if you meet a therapist and it doesn’t work out it’s okay. That doesn’t imply that there’s something wrong with you or that you’re a bad client – it more so implies that it might not have been a great fit. 

So, take your time and find what you need. The journey will definitely be worth it. 

Book a time to talk to our Client Care Coordinator for further help identifying what you need: https://wisemindpsychology.org/referral-consultation-booking/

 

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