In individual psychotherapy you and your therapist explore in a confidential, trusting relationship the issues and concerns that are troubling you. You will have the chance to review how your situation developed and to discuss the meaning of those issues in your life. Together with your therapist you will set goals for your treatment and work together to re-establish a life that feels more fulfilling and more effective. Individual therapy is helpful for a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems, and abuse or trauma. Sometimes family or marital situations are the focus of discussion but occasionally individuals are referred for separate marital counseling or family therapy. Such decisions are always made together with you. The length of treatment varies from a few sessions to longer, and typically sessions occur weekly. At 'Merhavim' Psychology Center the goal of individual counseling is always to help you reach your fullest potential.
Couples come to therapy with concerns such as communication difficulties, ongoing conflict, decreasing intimacy, lack of trust, and doubts about the future of their relationship. The therapist begins by listening closely to each person’s unique perspective, then connects with each person while establishing a neutral, non-judgmental position. The therapist’s office becomes a safe place where couples express their concerns with the understanding that issues will be handled constructively. Many therapeutic tools help couples decrease conflict and achieve greater harmony. As with all change, the process begins with insight about oneself, then proceeds to discovering new ways of relating as a couple. Couples therapy is focused on achieving goals that are mutually agreed upon by the couple. The approach emphasizes problem-solving and solutions over the re-telling of concerns.
Family therapy is an effective and popular form of therapy that helps families address problems in the family system. Issues such as anger control or child behavior problems are commonly addressed, but other situations can be discussed as well. These may include parental expectations, rules and boundaries, alcohol or drug abuse, sibling rivalry, attachment, adoption, and step-family issues. Certainly parental conflict and domestic violence are sometimes the focus of the family therapy. Often younger parents consult us for assistance because of concerns about their young children. We work directly with the parent-child relationship in such cases, even working with parents together with their infant children or toddlers. Frequently a family therapist will recommend individual therapy for a family member so that particular issues can be addressed in a more confidential setting. As always such a recommendation is made in concert with the individual or the parents directly.
A psychoeducational evaluation (also referred to as a learning evaluation or learning disability evaluation) is a comprehensive assessment of a child or adult’s cognitive, academic, and psychosocial functioning. This type of evaluation provides a wealth of information about the individual’s intellectual strengths and weaknesses, visual and auditory processing, academic strengths and needs, and any behavioral or emotional issues that may be interfering with academic functioning.
As a result of such an evaluation, an individual may be diagnosed with a learning disability, intellectual/developmental delay, or emotional/behavioral disorder. “Giftedness” may also be identified. Once a diagnosis is established and strengths and needs are understood, individualized recommendations can be made to help the individual access academic curricula more effectively. Recommendations for remediation may also be offered. Results of the evaluation are provided in the form of a written report and an in-depth feedback session with parents and, when appropriate, the child who was evaluated. Psychologists at FPC offer follow-up consultation with schools to advocate for children’s academic needs and to aid in the implementation of recommendations.