Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychiatric Associates
Life, Stress and Emotional Problems
All of us face challenges in our life every day. They come in the form of family obligations and relationships, work-related demands, and living within the context of a complex and changing world. Sometimes these challenges can create levels of stress in our lives and within us that leads to emotional symptoms of anxiety, depression, and anger as well as other uncomfortable feelings and perhaps unhelpful behaviors. If too strong or persistent, these symptoms and behaviors can be disruptive to our ability to adapt and function as well as we would like or that we would otherwise be able to achieve in their absence. The result is personal emotional suffering, less effective behavior, and potentially damaging relationships in our family, work and social lives. These problems can be extremely responsive to psychotherapy treatments.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Psychiatric Associates has a team of psychotherapists. The psychotherapy service is made up of mental health counselors, nurse practitioners, psychologists, psychiatrists, psychiatric social workers, and professionals training in these disciplines. These therapists bring a range of skills and talents to help persons learn to cope with their emotional symptoms and to make behavioral changes that benefit both themselves and those they relate to. Therapists work as a member of a team which includes a psychiatrist and medical treatments (such as medications) are available if indicated.
Types of Therapy Offered
Focuses on methods to learn new ways to think about oneself and the world in which we live, new skills to cope, and ways to interact with others in a productive fashion.
When adjustment disorders are thought to be primarily related to longstanding relationship problems and unresolved feelings this approach may be indicated.
A treatment that assists the individual in exploring their own thoughts and feelings about their situation, to understand them more fully and to discover new strengths within themselves.
Sometimes personal mental health problems are related to problems in family relationships, or sometimes other family members need to be directly involved in treatment in order for it to be effective. In these situations, a person may be seen for treatment with another family member, such as a spouse, or their children.
Treatment begins with a comprehensive evaluation.
Different treatments work for different conditions so effective care begins with a comprehensive evaluation, education about treatment options, and a shared decision-making process to decide on the optimal path to follow.
Effective Treatment is Available.
Assuming psychotherapy is indicated, we offer the following services: