Compassionate Therapy, Scientifically Designed
Collaborative, compassionate therapy is not always enough.
An essential piece of great therapy is when both parties can utilize a spirit of collaboration. There are shared goals and feeling understood. But, some experiences, thoughts, emotions more efficiently and effectively respond to specific techniques. In those cases, the science of psychology offers us an abundance of options we can use to help. Decades of psychological literature point us towards strategies that work.
Our therapists are trained in empirically supported approaches.
Several of us are intensively trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). We utilize mindfulness-based approaches for anxiety and depression. We also offer cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for anxiety, OCD, panic, among other challenging issues. Several of us are trained in specific therapies for trauma: trauma focused CBT, EMDR, prolonged exposure, and the DBT protocol for trauma, DBT-PE.
We work across the life span
When working with children, we offer specific support to parents whenever it is needed. We specialize in working with children who have social anxiety, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and selective mutism.
Adolescents & Young Adults
Adolescence is a challenging time in the best of circumstances! It can be absolutely disorienting to both parent and adolescent. It is a time of big feelings, but without corresponding strategies or brain development with which to manage these feelings. For these reasons, adolescents tend to respond very well when they have a trusted person they can talk to outside of the family system. We love working with this age group, as it is a time of much psychological growth. Similarly, young adulthood brings about a number of new challenges. We work with many individuals in their late teens throughout their twenties. Several of our therapists are uniquely trained to work with individuals in this phase of emerging adulthood. We work with adolescents and young adults who are struggling with anxiety, emotion dysregulation, suicidality, interpersonal stress with parents or friends, loneliness, feelings of disconnection and isolation, family and more.
Adulthood & Relationships
Adulthood brings new challenges. New stressors (careers, relationships, medical challenges, parenting, etc) can exacerbate painful thoughts, overwhelming emotions, difficult memories, and anxiety. Many individuals can manage intense emotions when when life remains predictable and stable, but when stress accumulates, coping strategies that once worked may no longer be enough. We work with adults who are struggling in an infinite number of ways, and carefully match the needs of the individual to the therapist with relevant expertise. We work with individuals early in adulthood who are struggling with identity, career, and relationship uncertainties, and individuals in later adulthood who may be re-evaluating what they want out of life and their relationships. We work with individuals who are facing end of life issues and terminal diagnoses. We offer relationship support for individuals in strained relationships– no matter what those relationships are– couples, sisters, friends, and more. You don’t have to go through life alone.
We value continued education and consultation
A practice where there is a range of expertise offers all of us the opportunity to develop in other areas. We regularly pursue outside trainings in our areas of interest, and we each participate in regular consultation meetings in order to be sure we are offering our clients the most efficient and effective therapy possible.
We would like to get to know you and help you find a good fit with therapy approaches that will be effective for you.
Empirically designed therapies can help you if you are feeling sad, anxious, overwhelmed, or confused. If you are unsure of what to do next, we can point you in a helpful direction. If you are feeling bad, there are things we can do together that will help. All of us at GPS bring a balance of compassion and a practical understanding for the science of our field. This combination is what makes us unique as a team. We believe that this approach is the quickest way to relief… and to feeling better. To get started, fill out this form and we will be in touch with you soon! You can also call us at (203)453-2220 x9 with general questions.