Types of Therapy & Specialties
While all of our therapists are professionally trained and able to treat common mental health concerns (i.e., depression, anxiety, life transitions), the therapists at Obsidian Counseling have specialized training and experience treating other psychosexual and psychological issues.
Types of Therapy
Individual therapy is the type of therapy one thinks of when they say they are "going to therapy." It is where the client and therapist work together to identify those personal goals the client has and works together to obtain them. However, therapy is not a "passive" process, meaning work between sessions helps reach these goals faster. The trust between client and therapist is also the single most important thing for therapeutic success, so it is vital you feel comfortable with your therapist so you are able to fully open up to them with your needs.
Relationship therapy (also known as "couples counseling" or "marital counseling") is the space you and your partner(s) create with your therapist to work through interpersonal, intimacy and other difficulties that have come up in your life. It is common for periods of disconnection and struggles to occur within long-term relationships, but they do not have to be the end-all. We sometimes feel hesitant to bring up our wants and need out of fear of conflict or avoidance of hurting feelings. Working with your therapist to understand the growth areas of your relationship(s) and increasing communication, connection and intimacy could possibly help.
Group therapy is the type of therapy where individuals (can be mixed gendered) gather with a primary therapist to process and discuss the same concern/problem together. Group therapy works well, as clients are able to get a sense of empathic care from others who understand the specific struggle and can work on successful recovery, healing or growth together and with the guidance from the therapist. Clients have also expressed working in a group has helped them feel less alone and isolated, knowing others understand the struggle they are going through.
Sex therapy is the type of therapy where either an individual, couple, polycule, etc. seek assistance from a professionally trained therapist to improve their sexual experiences, outcomes, increase sexual intimacy, or work on other sexual concerns commonly experiences by men and women. Our therapists are sex-positive and come from a sex positive therapy approach, so you can rest assured whatever your sexual identity, attraction, issue, struggle, or curiosity will be met with a professional, non-judgmental stance. Desire differences, sexual orientation exploration, acceptance of sexual attractions, pain during sex, difficulties getting/maintaining erection, difficulties orgasming, among many other topics are commonly discussed. Some sexual difficulties are symptoms of other psychological or interpersonal difficulties, so therapy with a sex therapist can offer a safe and non-judgment space to process and explore your sexuality and sexual concerns.
Once you've selected the type of therapy you are looking for, you want to be sure the therapist you choose is able to treat the specific concerns that are bringing you to the decision to seek therapy in the first place. Here are the specialties (though not a completely exhaustive list of issues the therapists have treated) the therapists at Obsidian Counseling have skill and training treating:
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