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Western Reserve Psychological Associates, Inc.Empowering change for over 40 years

Clinical Counseling and Psychotherapy for Individuals

Clinical Issues

Therapy for the individual is designed to help that person work towards solving a specific problem or problems. Psychotherapy for these issues is usually covered by health insurance.

Anxiety disorders    Mood disorders
Chronic anxiety
Fears and phobias
Traumatic stress
Obsessive thoughts
Compulsive rituals
Panic attacks
     Chronic depression
Major depression
Mood swings
Bipolar disorder
Suicidal thoughts or plans
Chronic anger and irritability
Behavior disorders    Adjustment disorders
Eating disorders
Substance abuse or dependence
Impulsive shopping
or gambling
Violent behavior/anger
Internet addictions
Sleep Disorders
Job Loss
Financial or legal stressors

Adult assessment and psychological testing

Adults may be referred for testing to clarify diagnoses, coping ability, intellectual functioning, readiness for psychotherapy or for medical procedures, and risks. We receive requests for testing from these sources:

Tests are chosen based on the questions to be answered. We have:

Personality tests
Intellectual tests
Geriatric tests for competency
     Career interest/aptitude tests
Coping skills assessments
Neuropsychological tests

Types of Therapy

Cognitive-behavior therapy

There are many different protocols and procedures that have names as specific therapies. Most, but not all, fall in the general heading of Cognitive-Behavior Therapy. Some of the specific approaches include:

Anxiety Management
Assertion Training
Cognitive Reappraisal/Restructuring
Coping Skills Training
Exposure & Response Prevention
Anger Management/Reduction
     Contingency Management
Behavior Management
Stress Inoculation
Relaxation training

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)

This novel approach has been well-researched for over twenty years. The operative word here is "acceptance". Instead of learning to challenge and replace negative thoughts or feelings, clients are taught to accept them for the moment and refocus on values.

Psychodynamic therapies

There are new versions of psychodynamic therapies that are short-term and more focused than the original five days a week psychoanalysis that is characterized in movies. Most of these approaches look at dysfunctional patterns of behavior, especially repeated problems in relationships with people. Some types of dynamic therapy which have been researched and shown to be effective are:

Experiential therapies

These therapies are designed to help you identify and resolve confusing thoughts and feelings.

Eye Movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)

This method was originally developed for traumatic stress disorders. It involves identifying core negative thoughts about the self and associated negative life experiences while experiencing rhythmic left-right stimulation by sounds or eye movements.