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Individual therapy sometimes called counseling or psychotherapy is a process through which clients work one on one with a trained therapist to explore their behaviors, beliefs and feelings.  Clients may decide to work through current life issues or address challenging parts of their life history that impact their relationships or daily lives.  At The Refuge, our therapists are here to support clients in addressing these and other areas that they wish to explore and create change, all within a safe, supportive, and confidential environment.

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Depression

Bipolar disorder and other mood disorders

Anxiety disorders including panic disorder

OCD and phobias

Neurodivergence, ASD, and ADHD

Grief and Loss

Trauma

Eating Disorders

Addiction and Substance Abuse

Chronic Illness and Autoimmunity

Psychotic disorders including schizophrenia

You're not alone. Groups can act as a support network and a sounding board. Other members of the group often help you come up with specific ideas for improving a difficult situation or life challenge, and hold you accountable along the way. Group therapy offers the opportunity to receive feedback and build relationships from others in a supportive and confidential environment.

Couples therapy is a type of psychotherapy that helps people involved in a romantic relationship gain insight into their relationship, understand their roles in the dysfunctional interactions, resolve conflict, and improve relationship satisfaction utilizing a variety of therapeutic interventions.

 

At The Refuge, we integrate The Gottman Method for couples counseling into our relational therapy sessions for all partnerships. Whitney has a highly specialized interest and passion for working with couples. The Gottman Method is an evidence-based couples therapy approach that is empirically supported through decades of extensive research on relationship dynamics. It is a structured approach to couples therapy that follows a specific process: Assessment, Feedback, Goal Setting, Intervention, and Evaluation. Following this structured process helps couples to stay focused and motivated throughout their therapy. In turn, this makes working towards achieving your goals a more efficient and collaborative process. The Gottman method has been shown effective in improving relationship satisfaction, communication, and conflict resolution. It focuses on building specific skills and strategies that can be used outside of therapy. The goal is not just to improve the relationship during therapy sessions, but to provide couples with the tools they need to maintain a healthy relationship long-term. Whitney is Level 2 trained in The Gottman Method for Couples Therapy. 

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Conflict and Tension

Treating Affairs and Trauma

Pre-marital counseling

Navigating divorce and separation 

Communication and intimacy

Big Life Changes/Transitions

Couples Addiction Recovery

Neurodivergent Affirming

LGBTQIA+ Affirming

Holistic health is an approach to life that considers multidimensional aspects of wellness. It encourages individuals to recognize the whole person: physical, mental, emotional, social, intellectual, and spiritual. Body and Breath is unique to The Refuge; an integrative type of therapy that uses a variety of interventions like Somatic Experiencing (SEP), breathing exercises, meditation, guided imagery, diet and lifestyle, and Ego exploration to improve mental and physical health and perhaps even process trauma. More specifically, the Somatic Experiencing approach facilitates the completion of self-protective motor responses and the release of thwarted survival energy bound in the body, thus addressing the root cause of trauma symptoms.

Treatment can be individual or in a group setting.

Family therapy aims to develop and maintain healthy family relationships. The goal is to address the conflicts of the family as a unit, including conflicts each family member may have. These issues may be emotional, mental, behavioral, financial, or marital. Usual goals of family therapy are improving the communication, solving family problems, understanding and handling special family situations, and creating a better functioning home environment.

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Conflict and Tension

Communication 

Big Life Changes/Transitions

Parenting Support

Navigating Illnesses and Caregiving 

Navigating Addiction 

Mental Health Conditions

Parents seek therapy for their children and teens for a variety of reasons including depression, anxiety, stress, and life changes such as divorce, loss, blending families, and more.  

Depending on the age of the child and the issues being addressed therapy may look very different. Similar to therapy with adults, therapists work with families to develop treatment plans that includes outlining the treatment methods used and goals for treatment.  Each therapist at The Refuge has their own method, treatment style, and treatment modalities that they use, but when working with kids and teens it can often include hands on activities such as art or games.

One of the most important aspects in working with children and teens is developing rapport and a trusting relationship with the child.  The Refuge therapists recognize the importance of developing that relationship and take steps to ensure that the children and teens that we work with feel supported, cared for, and are comfortable working with us.   

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Essentially in my therapy toolbox, I can offer a broad range of trauma-informed and evidence based therapy approaches to treatment. Therapy sessions will be individualized to include any of the following therapeutic interventions:

  • Integrative Therapy

  • Reality Therapy

  • Gottman Method for Couples Therapy 

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT) 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) & Trauma-Focused CBT 

  • Exposure Based Therapies and ERP (Exposure Response Prevention): for all forms of Anxiety, Phobias, and OCD 

  • Art Therapy 

  • Somatic Therapy & Breathwork 

  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 

  • Narrative Therapy 

  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) 

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