Psychotherapy Services

Dr. Fisher and his clinical staff offer individual, couples, and family psychotherapy services. Treatment approaches are selected on a case-by-case basis dependent on each patient's situation and treatment goals.

Psychological Treatment Formats

Individual Therapy involves one therapist and one patient working together for about 50 minutes. The therapist and patient focus collaboratively on problems and goals which they have agreed upon in the form of a treatment plan. Progress toward treatment goals are monitored by the patient and therapist on a weekly basis.

Couples Therapy involves both members of a relationship working in therapy sessions together with their therapist. Couples therapy focuses on skill building in communication that emphasizes careful listening, mutual empathy, friendship, and intimacy. Problem solving and conflict resolution skills are also practiced. Treatment goals are developed collaboratively between the therapist and the couple.

Family Therapy takes a systems approach to treatment and involves several or sometimes all members of a family unit in the therapy session (as opposed to focusing on the treatment of an individual member). Family therapy focuses on interpersonal interactions, such as faulty communication skills, parent and child expectations, roles in the family, etc. Positive family change is expected once solutions are developed in therapy and implemented by all family members outside the treatment room.

Psychological Treatment Approaches

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) teaches you how certain thinking patterns and distortion in thinking causes your symptoms, giving you a distorted picture of what’s going on in your life and resulting in your feeling anxious, depressed or angry, etc., resulting in your poor decision making.

Psychodynamic Therapy involves the patient talking and the therapist making interpretations about the patient’s words and behaviors. Psychodynamic Therapy emphasizes the impact of early childhood development on the patient’s personality and current life difficulties, as well as the importance of the therapeutic relationship in working through the patient’s issues. The primary objective is to help patients gain insight or self-understanding (enhancing conscious awareness of unconscious material, as well as the relationship between past and present), thereby fostering personality changes, symptom relief, and greater freedom in determining their lives.

Behavior Modification teaches the patient an awareness of positive and negative contingencies in their life and helps the patient learn to focus on the use of positive contingencies to change their behavior.  Also, if the patient has children, behavior techniques are very useful in improving the parent-child relationship.

Neurotherapy, relaxation therapy, and hypnosis are provided as additional complimentary or primary treatments depending on the patient's individual needs.