Our psychotherapists recognize that there are many way and means of practicing psychotherapy and that all of them that lead to recovery are good. Our thinking is in line with Deborah Luepnitz (2002) who stated, “If collapsing views into each other seems futile, disregarding one or another seems almost phobic.” Therefore, our psychotherapists draw upon multiple theoretical perspectives and interventions to help you achieve your goals.
We also believe that any and every psychotherapeutic technique should not be applied without a thorough understanding of the individual to whom the technique is applied. Therefore, your first few sessions with your psychotherapist will be evaluative. At the end of this evaluation process, you will be given feedback on how your psychotherapist views your situation, as well as a recommended intervention approach.
Examples of therapeutic approaches that may be drawn upon by your psychotherapist at Arbor Psychology Group:
Adolescent & College Student Assessments
Many students find themselves struggling for the first time in college, graduate or medical school. They may have had subtle learning challenges prior to this point that were managed with intelligence, hard work and/or parental support, but these challenges now can be exacerbated because of an increase in work volume and complexity. New strategies, insights and accommodation/support services, therefore, are needed to help these students achieve their goals.
Why would an adult student seek an assessment?
- A prior condition necessitates updated testing
- To address learning difficulties and/or academic underachievement
- To identify his/her learning style, cognitive strengths and weaknesses
- To assist with career counseling and educational planning
- To help with socio-emotional challenges
- To address problems with attention and concentration
- To address issues with executive functions (e.g., procrastination, planning, organization, memory and/or inhibition)
Our staff has extensive experience helping adult students successfully manage their challenges, whether subtle or severe. The goals of these assessments are to pinpoint difficulties, identify strengths, provide strategies and intervention plans, and empower the student to advocate for him/herself more effectively. As with all our assessments, the client is provided with a detailed report and personalized intervention plan to help with academic and life success. Additional support can be provided from our extensive referral network of professionals (e.g., tutors, academic coaches, psychotherapists, psychiatrists).
We also can determine whether or not accommodations are merited for tests like the SAT, ACT, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, LSAT and/or professional licensing exams. If accommodations are deemed appropriate for the student based on the assessment, our report will provide documentation and merited accommodations to assist the client while taking these exams.
Because everyone at APG remembers the financial challenges of being in college/graduate school, we are pleased to help adult students by providing sliding scale fee reductions available to those who have an identified financial need. Please call the office for more information about our rates and insurance.
The clinical staff at Arbor Psychology Group are often invited to present at local seminars, meetings/conferences, parent workshops and school staff development days on various clinical topics pertaining to mental health, learning and educational issues.
For professionals, these presentations focus on the professional drive to receive optimal evidence-based information and interventions on a variety of clinical topics (see below).
For parents and caregivers, these presentations mobilize the family environment to support better functioning, thereby relieving pressures on the child and the family. These presentations offer information about growth and development, as well as provide practical help with management.
Examples of clinical topics we have made presentations on include:
- ADHD/executive function challenges
- Working memory
- Learning disabilities
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Anxiety management
- Differential diagnosis
If you are interested in having a clinical staff member from Arbor Psychology Group make a presentation at your school, organization or place of work, please contact the main office (734.738.0897) for more information.
Parent Child Relationship Interventions
Parents can meet with our clinicians to increase ability to read a child’s cues, determine parenting styles that best match a child’s temperament and learn new strategies to increase ability to support the emotional needs of infants, toddlers, children and teens. Some of our interventions include:
- Infant Mental Health
- Parent Child Psychotherapy
- Parent Child Interaction Therapy
- Dyadic/Triadic relationship strengthening
In addition to individual assessments and psychotherapy, our office offers the following group therapy options:
- Social skills groups for elementary students
- Self-control group designed for students with ASD and ADHD
- Perinatal DBT designed for women struggling with mental health challenges during pregnancy and postpartum to pregnancy
Adult psychological assessments address questions about mental health to better understand cognitive, emotional and personality processes. These assessments are useful in treatment planning and determining appropriate services for adults with mental health needs.
Many of our adult assessment clients come in before they start therapy so they can receive an accurate diagnosis and an appropriate referral for psychotherapy. A comprehensive evaluation can identify needs in therapy, highlight issues that may come up in treatment, recommend particular forms of intervention and offer guidance about potential outcomes of treatment.
Additionally, many of our adult assessment clients come in when they feel “stuck” or “stalled” in therapy that is already underway. In this instance, a psychological assessment may be used to confirm or modify the impressions formed by referring therapists through their less structured interactions in therapy.
Several issues can be addressed in a psychological assessment, including:
- Cognitive/intellectual concerns
- Attention, focus, organization (e.g., ADHD)
- Executive functions
- Mood disorders
- Learning and memory
- Relationship difficulties
Note: these services do not include court-ordered evaluations or forensic assessments.
Figuring out what steps to take next—if any—for you or your child can be an overwhelming process. For this reason, our clinical staff often schedule a consultation appointment to help clients think through their options and, therefore, make informed treatment decisions.
Our staff is well connected with schools and professionals in the metro Detroit and Ann Arbor communities. These professionals have skills in psychotherapy, assessment, academic tutoring, performance and life coaching, memory training/strategies, speech and language therapy, occupational and physical therapy, and medical needs. Our staff frequently collaborates with these other professionals in the community to ensure the most comprehensive care is provided.
Consultation services are also offered for various age groups: infants and toddlers, children, adolescents, college-bound teens, college students, adults and couples. As needed, we also consult with school systems (preschool through college) and employers (for adolescents and adults in the workplace) on behalf of our clients.
Marital or couples therapy is offered to support people in relationship who are seeking improved intimacy and understanding, and to those who feel “stuck” in repetitive, entrenched conflicts and may be considering separation or divorce. In marital or couples therapy, the relationship is the focus, although each partner should also expect to focus on increasing their individual self-awareness.
When Is Marital/Couples Therapy Recommended?
Many couples seek therapy in order to strengthen or enrich an already strong relationship. Others seek therapy for power struggles, communication problems, sexual dissatisfaction and/or infidelity. Though therapy is recommended as soon as significant conflict arises in a relationship, studies show that on average, partners will not seek therapy until they have been unhappy for six years. The more time passes, however, the more resentment builds and the more difficult it may be to repair the relationship. In some cases, a couple that has already decided to separate or divorce may pursue therapy in order to end the relationship amicably and respectfully.
Effective therapy will likely address many aspects of the relationship, although communication patterns tend to be the primary focus of marital or couples therapy. When partners repeatedly employ conflict avoidance or engage in heated power struggles, communication problems can build. Leading researchers in the field have identified that the lack of adequate repair following an argument is the most significant contributor to relationship unhappiness. At Arbor Psychology Group our therapists know that one of the first steps in improving a relationship is to teach each person how to regulate their emotions (using principals of Emotionally-Focused Therapy), stay calm and use healthy communication skills to resolve their problems.
Expectations and Goals
Successful therapy depends on each partner’s motivation and dedication to the therapeutic process. With commitment to the process, couples can expect to become better listeners and communicators, and to find new ways to support and appreciate one another. The couple and their therapist will collaboratively establish goals. In order to achieve these objectives, each partner must be prepared to acknowledge and understand his/her role in the relationship. It is not uncommon for conflict to arise within therapy sessions, but our therapists will remain neutral and avoid taking sides.
Some relationship counselors offer supplemental individual sessions to each partner as a matter of course and some may offer individual sessions upon request.
Frequency and Duration
Marital or couples therapy is often held once per week, but this may vary depending on your therapy goals and whether you are also attending individual sessions. Counseling is often short-term, though healing takes time and, ultimately, the therapy will proceed for as long as the couple is committed to seeing it through or until resolution is reached.
Types of Marital/Couples Therapy
There are a multitude of different approaches to relationship counseling. For example, Imago Therapy explores how we unconsciously choose partners who reflect back the very things that we must work on ourselves. Emotionally-Focused Therapy encourages partners to examine how communication styles or attachment experiences present themselves in interactions. In Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS), individuals learn to heal trauma and find balance by identifying the different parts of themselves, acknowledging that some parts may be overactive or ignored and taking responsibility for their reactions and emotions. This allows partners to better understand the patterns that play out in their relationship and to better understand one another.
The transition to parenthood can offer unique challenges for women and families. Our clinicians are skilled in providing specialized services during this transition including:
- Pregnancy, infant loss and infertility support
- Psychotherapy for postpartum depression and anxiety
- Trauma informed interventions for addressing trauma associated with childbirth
Our clinicians provide support to older adults and their caregivers with challenges related to loss of independence, advanced aging and mature adult life transitions. We offer personal or family therapy and seek to make the lives of our clients more manageable and comfortable.