In individual therapy, a client meets one-on-one with a therapist. During therapy sessions, clients may work on processing and integrating past life experiences, learning emotion regulation skills, problem-solving current concerns, and practicing skills related to resilience and thriving.
In couples’ therapy, a couple meets with a therapist in order to address problems that have come up in the relationship, either due to long-standing patterns or due to an acute crisis that has developed. The therapist will help the couple strengthen their attachment bonds and become more attuned to one another by unwinding automatic, counter-productive fight-or-flight reactions to one’s partner and replacing them with emotional availability, empathy, and mutual engagement.
In family therapy, a therapist works with the family individually and together in order to help the family resolve problems that affect one or more family members. Family members learn what their roles are within the family context, how to learn different roles (if appropriate), and how to respond to each other in healthy, supportive ways, with the ultimate goal of rebuilding healthy relationships within the family.
Sometimes, the causes of challenges that clients present with may be difficult to untangle – for example, a child may be presenting with a mixture of anxious and distracted behaviors, and it is unclear whether the child’s anxiety is distracting him, whether his distraction is causing anxiety, or whether both the anxiety and the distraction exist as free-standing concerns. In such situations, psychological testing can help to pinpoint an accurate diagnosis and provide a road map for intervention, providing you with the peace of mind that your child is receiving all of the tools and resources that (s)he needs (and none that (s)he doesn’t need). In psychological testing, a clinical psychologist will meet with the client (and his or her family, if appropriate) for a diagnostic interview to help clarify the referral question and determine what would constitute an appropriate group of tests. The client will then return for anywhere between 4 and 8 hours of testing, during which they will respond to a variety of tests that may include an intelligence test, tests of executive functioning, attention and impulse control, personality tests, strengths tests, and academic achievement tests. The clinician will then score the results and write a 10 – 25 page report detailing the findings and providing a road map for any further interventions that may be needed.
Dr. Quinn’s grandmother, Rosa Joenssen, had a cross stitch in her kitchen that read,
“You’ve invited 5, but 10 have arrived.
Add water to your soup, and invite all inside.”
In Rosa’s honor, we are proud to offer asylum, VAWA, U Visa, and T Visa immigration evaluations within an income-adjusted fee structure. The evaluations include interviews, forms/checklists, and psychological testing as appropriate, and will result in a compiled mental health assessment that your attorney can use in court.