Welcome!Insight Therapy Group offers Mental Health Counseling and support for adults, kids, teens, couples, and families. Medication management for adults is also available. Our providers are available for in-person and telehealth sessions.
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is a type of therapy that is supported by enormous amounts of research in being effective at reducing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) as well as alleviating symptoms from anxiety, depression, panic disorders, and generally stressful life experiences. In EMDR, we start off by identifying your goals in therapy and building up your coping skills for managing difficult emotions. We then create a treatment plan together to explore negative beliefs that you may have about yourself or about your life, and identify the positive things that you would rather believe to be true. Then we get to work. EMDR involves bi-lateral stimulation (BLS), usually done by your therapist moving visual stimuli back and forth in your line of sight, or by you holding what are called “buzzies” that vibrate in alternating hands. By repeating this BLS with gentle guidance from your therapist, your brain does the healing work that is sometimes difficult for you to comprehend. Some people are hesitant at first because the process of EMDR feels a bit weird, or like this is some kind of hypnosis (we assure you, it’s not!). You are always in control and aware of what is happening in these sessions. Many clients are drawn to EMDR because you can talk about things as little or as much as you’d like. Some clients prefer to engage in talk therapy with EMDR utilized here and there to accomplish specific goals. Some clients prefer to use only EMDR as they don’t want to verbally explore everything from their life, but still want reprieve from the symptoms they experience. We can achieve that with EMDR.
Solution-Focused/Strengths-Based therapy is based on the assumption that each person has their own unique skill set. Utilizing solution-focused and strengths-based questioning interventions, your therapist is there to be a witness to your pain and experience, while working with you to process the problem at hand. As this type of therapy progresses, your therapist works with you to explore and build upon internal and external problem solving, alternative perspective taking, and internal questioning to reinforce changes made and changes that are desired to be made. Future-oriented questions and exception questions help identify goals and to pick out what is already working so that you have a foundation to build upon for change. Solution-Focused therapy is direct and to-the-point, and often times, goals are achieved rather quickly. By focusing on what is going right, you can work with your therapist to find small (or large) solutions or changes to problems that feel overwhelming. Solution-Focused/Strengths-Based therapy is especially useful for struggles with self-esteem/self-worth, self-harm, life transitions, emotional regulation, negative self-talk, stress-related issues, relational issues, motivation issues, depression, anxiety, and anger issues, among others.
Prescription medication is incredibly helpful, and sometimes necessary in the treatment of some mental health conditions. Through careful assessment and diagnosis, medication can be selected to treat specific symptoms to help an individual feel their very best. Finding the appropriate medication or combination of medications can be challenging. Medications are usually started slowly and can take a few weeks or several weeks to reach maximal effectiveness. It is important to have the effects of medication monitored closely in the beginning and through the duration of treatment. Routine medication evaluation will be conducted to watch for potential side effects, response to treatment and the need for dosage adjustments. Psychiatric medications are not a quick fix and most often work best when combined with therapy. Some people require short-term treatment for several months to a year, while others may require ongoing treatment for a longer duration. Medications can be an effective tool in treating depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as a number of other mental health diagnoses.
Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) is useful for both individuals and families. CPS offers a reliable and durable formula for solving even the most challenging of day-to-day problems. With CPS, parents and children learn the skills needed to empathize with one another, clearly communicate their own concerns, and work together to arrive at mutually satisfactory solutions to any number of school or family related problems. CPS has a strong basis in research, and has been proven effective in managing mental health and behavioral concerns, with positive outcomes in both short and long-term efficacy. Not only can parents and children learn to work together more effectively, with the help of your CPS trained practitioner, strong, positive family relationships can be created and nurtured.
Experiential Therapy emphasizes that above all, you as the client have the personal ability to grow. This type of therapy uses interventions designed to promote emotional processing, improve interactions with others, express creativity, and enable deep levels of insight that go beyond traditional “talk therapy.” At it’s core, Experiential Therapy promotes warmth and acceptance, in addition to the idea that everyone deserves to be seen, heard, and understood.
Emotion often manifests in our physiology through increased heart rate, increased or decreased breath rate, sweating, shivering, muscle tension and more. Biofeedback helps you to reduce mental health problems like anxiety and ADHD by increasing awareness and control over the body’s physiological response to emotion. We’ve all noticed our heart rate rise when watching a scary movie, but imagine if you could witness the climb on a monitor in front of you and train yourself to increase conscious control of your heart rate and breath rate. This training, while not a cure-all, transfers into real life management of anxiety and other emotional and physiological responses and is a great addition or alternative to “talk therapy.”
Insight Therapy Group offers a brave space for minority groups. This includes anyone who identifies as: LGBTQ+, sexual minorities such as polycules or nontraditional relationships, or other cultural minorities that may often feel that seeing a therapist will create a space of judgment. At Insight Therapy Group, we offer a brave space for all persons to be heard. Our version of a “brave space” provides an inclusive invitation for anyone, from any situation or walk of life, to receive therapeutic treatment from any of our practitioners. In our shared brave space, we work to create an environment of health and wellbeing where you and your loved ones can feel comfortable and safe.
Children are often unable to communicate their thoughts and feelings through verbal communication, which can creates inner conflict and often behavioral concerns. Play therapy can help children learn more helpful behaviors, understand their emotions, and gain insight about resolving inner conflicts. Through play therapy, children also learn self-control, self respect, to express their feelings, problem solving, communication skills, and to modify problem behaviors. Play therapy is most often utilized for children ages 3-12 years, to help better express themselves and resolve their struggles. Research suggests play therapy is an effective mental health approach, regardless of age, gender, or the nature of the problem, and works best when a parent, family member, or caretaker is actively involved in the treatment process.
Families experience many challenges, and transitions that can often be difficult to navigate. Often times families may notice they are stuck in a cycle of conflict such as; struggling to communicate effectively, feeling like they’re having the same fight over and over again, or maybe it feels as though there is someone or something to blame for family problems. Family systems therapy focuses on working with the family as one unit. This is a non-pathologizing approach that goes beyond changing just an unwanted behavior. Family systems looks at the patterns of communication, emotional expression, and problematic behaviors in addition to the process of breaking those patterns and creating new, healthy, relationships that strengthen the family unit. Family therapy can increase open communication, acceptance and closeness within a family while breaking the patterns that leave you and your family members feeling stuck.
PCIT (Parent Child Interactive Therapy) is an evidenced based treatment for children with behavioral problems, anxiety, ADHD, trauma and more. PCIT can help improve the dynamics within a family by building a more positive relationship between you and your child. Through PCIT, parents can learn and practice new ways to communicate that are more encouraging and reassuring. When these skills are practiced consistently, social skills, self confidence and positive behaviors improve, while a decrease in anger, aggression and poor social skills is typically seen as well.
CPP (Child Parent Psychotherapy) is an evidence based treatment that addresses trauma and attachment in children ages 0-5. The purpose of CPP is to strengthen the relationship between a parent/caregiver and their child in order to alleviate mental health symptoms and improve social development. This treatment approach is often used to rebuild relationships that have been negatively impacted by domestic violence, substance abuse or neglect. As the parent, CPP helps you to learn ways to establish trust and safety with your child that was previously missing or disrupted. This foundation allows you and your child to process and resolve shared trauma.
TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) is designed to help children and adolescents to address emotional and behavioral issues associated with trauma. TF-CBT occurs in three phases: skill building, processing trauma, and integration of skills and processing. The application of these steps helps to alleviate symptoms your kiddo may be experiencing, and to improve general functioning. As the parent, you are encouraged to participate in the treatment process with your child in order to provide support, safety and stability.
EDIT (Eating Disorder Intuitive Therapy) is a comprehensive treatment approach, which is used to guide successful recovery from Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating Disorder and other types of unhealthy eating patterns. EDIT’s techniques are evidence based, the approach is solution focused, and the process is client centered. EDIT is a personalized treatment method that works to address your identity and value systems, body image, nutrition, and coping. It is holistic in presentation, reconnecting you with your inner authentic self, and maintaining this conscious choice throughout your eating disorder recovery.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a type of cognitive therapy that helps individuals learn to regulate intense emotions through practical, effective coping and stress management techniques. DBT has been shown to be effective with adolescents and adults struggling with a wide variety of mental health concerns, including suicidal ideation/self-harm, mood disorders and substance abuse. DBT also offers tools to help individuals learn skills that strengthen their overall relationships and sense of self-worth.
A good number of clients (mostly teenagers and adults) benefit greatly from sand tray therapy, even when they’re first skeptical about “playing in the sand.” Most people quickly come to realize that using a sand tray is so much more than just “playing” in the sand, although some clients prefer to just play with the sand for the sensory experience while talking. When using sand tray, your therapist may ask you to make scenes in the tray. For example, to create a scene of your happiest memory. You then have the option to choose from hundreds of figurines of different animals, people, vehicles, plants and countless other items that may represent your happiest memory. That memory is then discussed and built upon therapeutically to whatever extent you are comfortable with, and feelings that come up are further explored. The sensory experience of sand tray combined with the freedom to express different life events, thoughts, and feelings in a multidimensional way, often creates a powerful therapeutic experience.
Internal Family Systems, otherwise known as IFS, was first created by Richard Schwartz to address what he called “parts.” Each of us has different emotional “parts.” One “part” of us may want to stay in bed all day, while another “part” knows that you have obligations to meet. Our “parts” often conflict. IFS helps you to develop a relationship with your “parts” so that you are able to help your “parts” release the burdens they are carrying. When parts release burdens, your internal system can function in a balanced way. When our system is in balance, we feel the direct effects of that in our Self. IFS can help you to feel internal equilibrium. When we feel stable internally, our external lives frequently become more stable as well.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is about accepting that sometimes things are rough, that there may be unchanging, or sloooooowly changing situations we are dealt in this life and sometimes, we are asked to “accept” it, or tolerate it. Acceptance doesn’t always mean we LIKE what we are dealing with. It may mean that for now at least, we are accepting something the way it is, or the way it feels. This may mean we “lean in” to our thoughts and feelings, maybe even welcome them in sometimes, rather than fighting them off or feeling guilty for them. The main idea of ACT is that avoidance doesn’t help. If we get wrapped up in “if/then” thinking or too stuck on “WHY” we may not get much solved, or we may just mentally leave the building every time it shows up in our lives and feel worse. The following steps make up the ACT philosophy:
A stands for “Accept your reactions and be present”.
C stands for “Choose a valued direction”.
T stands for “Take action”.
These steps are designed to help you develop more psychological flexibility, which is the ability to take several ideas into considerations, look at new perspectives, and learn new ideas. There are many emotional struggles, such as anxiety, depression, and OCD for example, that can benefit from ACT and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). ACT can also be incredibly helpful when you are feeling unmotivated, or stuck, making life and behavioral changes, and in dealing with adjustment challenges.
Exposure and Response Prevention, known more commonly as ERP, is an evidence-based therapy model used to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other anxiety-related disorders. ERP involves gradually introducing one to fear-inducing objects, thoughts, situations, etc. with the intent to not exhibit compulsive behaviors in response. This is done in a structured, purposeful way by a trained therapist in a controlled environment. By reducing compulsive behaviors, the anxiety that induces them will reduce over time. The purpose is to expose one to anxiety-inducing triggers to prevent compulsive behaviors in response. ERP can be incredibly helpful in reducing symptoms of anxiety, including OCD-type anxiety.
Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT) is a form of therapy that focuses on attachment and bonding issues and the relationship patterns that occur as a result of such issues. Oftentimes, couples seek EFT when they begin feeling disconnected from one another. EFT therapists work primarily with couples to identify and explore communication patterns that perpetuate and maintain negative feelings and interactions. Through EFT, couples learn to identify underlying emotional needs and communicate those needs to their partners in a way that evokes compassion and empathy, all with the purpose of reconnecting with one another.