At HPA/LiveWell, our licensed clinicians are committed to identifying the mental health treatment recommendations to help you return to living the life you love. Our mental health services offer various options for treatment based on your individual needs and current concerns.
Each person’s life is unique, which means each person’s treatment goals are different too. Your life goals, the magnitude of specific stressors and concerns, and the rate at which change is possible help determine your treatment length. At times, your therapist may also recommend various therapeutic interventions, such as family or group work.
Everything we do at HPA/LiveWell is patient-driven. It starts with our administrative team pairing you with the most appropriate clinician based on your concerns and our therapists’ areas of expertise. Your first appointment at HPA/LiveWell allows your clinician to spend time learning about your concerns as well as your mental health history, your social relationships, emotional coping strategies, and many other important aspects of your life. This “deep dive” into your background helps them identify the best treatment recommendations for you to Live Well.
Together, you and your clinician will identify how often you’ll meet for therapy. You’ll also work together to strengthen your support network who can help you along the way.
With your permission, we often connect with other providers within the community who are helpful resources (i.e., your primary care doctor, medical specialists) to ensure comprehensive care around shared goals.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
The goal of CBT is to help you restructure your thinking. By focusing on the relationship between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, CBT enables you to develop more constructive ways of thinking and acting.
CBT reveals negative thought patterns and allows you to replace them with more constructive and effective ways of thinking.
Research suggests that CBT is highly effective in treating:
- Eating disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Mood disorders
- Many other mental and behavioral health concerns
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Much like CBT, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) focuses on restructuring your negative thoughts and beliefs. DBT therapy emphasizes your acceptance of your uncomfortable thoughts, emotions, and behaviors rather than struggling with them. DBT is research-based and is a highly effective intervention to decrease the frequency and severity of risky and dangerous behaviors.
Using DBT, you’ll practice new ways of thinking to replace negative thought patterns that keep you stuck. You’ll learn new mindfulness practices that empower you to change your unhealthy coping strategies. In between sessions, you’ll practice the newly-defined healthier coping tactics learned in therapy to combat negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Working with your therapist, you’ll see that change is possible.
Exposure therapy is most often used to treat eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and other phobias. This type of cognitive behavior therapy is used to identify the underlying stressors that create feelings of anxiety.
In a controlled environment, you and your therapist will safely confront what causes you distress and practice implementing the strategies you learn. Exposure therapy is proven as an effective treatment for many mental health concerns, especially anxiety disorders.
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)
Like CBT, IPT doesn’t focus on finding the root of your negative emotions and behaviors. Instead, IPT concentrates on how your current relationships with others contribute to your negative mental health concerns, with the primary goal of improving interpersonal skills.
When you meet with your therapist, you’ll walk through your relationships with others, identifying those relationships that may be difficult for you. Your therapist will evaluate your social interactions and point out negative behaviors you may have developed, like isolating yourself or being aggressive towards others.
Your therapist works with you to develop and learn new strategies when interacting within social situations, leading you to form more positive relationships with those around you.
Motivational interviewing is about identifying the internal motivation for planning change and putting that thought into action.
Typically, motivational interviewing is just one part of your treatment plan. Together with one of our experienced therapists, you’ll explore the steps you need to take to reach your goals, all while in a safe and accepting environment.
The goal of motivational interviewing is to identify the benefits and risks of any changes you may make and reduce the distraction caused by those risks.
Motivational interviewing interventions take you through the five stages of change:
Our clinical team has plenty of experience helping people move through these five stages.
In group therapy, you’ll work alongside other patients sharing your experiences and promoting change within each other. Led by our licensed clinicians, group therapy helps you feel connected to others and lets you realize you’re not alone.
Often used in conjunction with other mental health treatments, group therapy can be an effective treatment method for:
- Eating disorders
- Stress-related issues
- Substance use and chemical dependency disorders
- Grief and loss
Our therapists use several different group therapy interventions to help you and your fellow group members work through your mental health concerns. Some of these methods include, but are not limited to:
- Interpersonal psychotherapy helps you control and manage your mood and interpersonal relationships.
- Rational emotive behavioral therapy clarifies your personal beliefs that may cause you to struggle, challenges those beliefs, and helps interrupt maladaptive behaviors.
- Grief counseling psychoeducation helps you cope with loss due to a loved one’s death or because of a significant life change.
- Motivational Interviewing allows you to tap into your internal motivation, verbalize a commitment to change, and resolve ambivalence.
- Supportive psychotherapy helps you cope with your concerns through personal connection, supportive statements, and reflective listening.
Our team of highly-trained therapists includes several clinicians ready to help children and adolescents manage their stressors and make positive behavioral changes. They treat a variety of disorders, including:
- Anxiety disorders
- Mood disorders
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Pediatric DSM-V diagnoses
The clinicians specializing in child therapy use effective interventions to help your child or adolescent identify their social, emotional, and behavioral concerns.
Couples and Family Therapy
Our clinicians offer compassionate counseling for couples and families, including:
- Divorce or separation counseling
- Child counseling
- Premarital counseling
- Other relationship counseling
In couples and family therapy, you’ll learn how to function as a whole unit rather than isolating an individual. Our experienced clinicians help family members identify and resolve conflicts and strengthen family bonds so your family becomes a stronger support network. Our team treats a range of disorders that can disrupt interpersonal family relationships, including, but not limited to:
- Eating Disorders
- Substance abuse
- Childhood behavioral and emotional disorders
What to Expect from Family Therapy
In family therapy, your therapist will encourage all family members to focus on each individual’s strengths and recognize how they benefit the family as a whole. Each family member is also encouraged to take responsibility for problems disrupting the family unit.
What to Expect from Couples Counseling
Your couples counselor will help you develop the skills you need to improve and strengthen your relationship, including:
- Solving problems together
- Communicating openly
- Calmly and rationally discussing differences
- Identifying the good and bad parts of your relationship
- Understanding the source(s) of conflict
How Long Will Family Therapy and Couples Counseling Last?
All families are wonderfully unique. The number of family therapy sessions needed will vary depending on your family’s needs, and how willing each family member is during therapy.
Couples counseling is often short-term and driven by your specific relationship conflicts and participation.
Don’t weather the storm within your relationship alone. Our clinicians are ready to help you work through your relationship difficulties so you can live a happier, more fulfilling life.
Compassionate, Experienced Mental Health Treatment: In-Person or Online
HPA/LiveWell offers all mental health services for individuals, families, group therapy, and IOP for eating disorders both in-person in Albany, NY, and throughout New York State through online therapy.
No matter where you are, you can get the same high-quality care whether you choose to receive services via online therapy or in person.
Read more about our mental health treatment via online therapy.