The Center Clinic specializes in treatment in the core areas of individual psychotherapy, couples and group therapy and psychological evaluation. Our clinic is located in an accessible facility, and we will work with you on any accommodations you may need.
Please note: The clinic does not provide child care. We require that all children under the age of 16 be accompanied by a parent or guardian while visiting our clinic.
- Individual Psychotherapy
Individual therapy typically involves meeting once or twice weekly. We provide services to adults, adolescents, children and parents. Adult sessions aim to help people better understand themselves and their problems in order to cope with the demands of their daily lives. Child sessions are guided by a collaborative process to best address the child’s needs. The therapist, parent or care provider and child function as a team working toward healing both at home and in the therapy room. The center may also provide parent guidance to support therapeutic goals at home.
Possible Focus Areas:
- General anxiety
- Grief and loss
- Stress management
- Family issues
- Relational difficulties
- Sexual orientation
- Cultural factors, including acculturation
- Couples Therapy
Couples therapy can help partners better understand one another and their ways of relating, resolve conflicts and improve the level of satisfaction in their relationships. Both partners gain tools to better communicate and negotiate differences. In sessions, the clinician will work collaboratively with you and your partner to identify the areas of conflict within your relationship and help decide what changes are needed.
- Group Therapy
Group therapy is a highly interactive form of therapy that provides each person with an opportunity to practice new ways of behaving and relating. There are two types of group therapy. In “process” groups, members decide what they want to talk about and are encouraged to give, receive and process feedback. In “support” groups, members share a common experience, such as life transitions or a cultural identity. Support groups also share some degree of processing as members interact.
Generally, two group leaders facilitate a group of 6-10 individuals who meet on a weekly basis for 90 minutes. The length of treatment may either be ongoing, recurring until members have addressed their goals, or time-limited. Group members make a commitment to the group and agree to keep all session content confidential.
Benefits of Group Therapy
When people come into a group and interact freely with other group members, they usually recreate those difficulties that brought them to group in the first place. The group allows a person to develop new ways of understanding and relating to people while in a safe environment. Many individuals report that it is comforting to hear that other people have a similar difficulty, or have already worked through a problem. The safety developed in the group fosters the expression of difficult feelings; you will be encouraged to tell people what you expect of them.
How to Join a Group
Availability of groups varies. If you are prospective new patient interested in joining a group, please call the intake line and express your interest. If there is an opening in a group, you will meet with one or both of the group co-facilitators to decide together if the group is a good fit for you.
If you are a current patient, please discuss your interest group therapy with your therapist. He or she will be able to assess your treatment needs and make a referral on your behalf, granted a group is open to new members.
Current Groups Offered
- Adult Process Therapy Group: Group members explore various issues of life, with a special emphasis on exploring the nature of their relationships.
- Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Support and Process Group: This group provides a safe environment to explore relationship experiences, coming out, discrimination and issues related to being engaged in the gay community. The exploration of these issues can increase members’ self-awareness, comfort with their identities and enhance interpersonal functioning.
- Trans Support Group: The goal of the group is to provide a safe, trans-supportive environment in which members of the trans community can share their experiences. Group members work together to find lasting personal comfort with the gendered self in order to maximize overall well-being and self-fulfillment.
- Adult Women’s Group: The goal of the group is to offer support and a forum for women with a variety of concerns and experiences. Members are free to express and explore issues that may be uniquely experienced by women.
- Psychological Evaluation
A psychological evaluation is a set of assessment procedures administered to obtain information about an individual’s unique intellectual, personality and emotional functioning. Psychological evaluations typically are quite expensive when conducted privately. However, we offer such services at a much reduced rate and with your financial needs in mind.
At the Center Clinic, almost all new patients are recommended for a psychological evaluation in order to better assess their treatment needs. Individuals may also seek psychological evaluation separately from psychotherapy services. Evaluations are conducted over a period of four to eight hours, depending on the battery of tests best suited to the individual’s presenting issues.
There are numerous benefits to evaluations. In addition to many individuals reporting feeling validated by the results, many often say they have learned new things about themselves through the process. If the patient is in psychotherapy, at the clinic or elsewhere, the evaluation results may be used to inform the therapeutic goals and interventions.