Clinical Services

Culturally-Responsive Therapy

 We firmly believe that change and healing is possible and that each person has the innate capacity to grow and lead a more fulfilling a life.  Our highly talented and dedicated team of therapists are committed to providing culturally-responsive, trauma-informed and evidence-based psychological services. Our clinical services include individual therapy, relational/couples therapy, group therapy, and teletherapy (online therapy) for adults and adolescents. Additionally, we also provide comprehensive psychoeducational assessments and psychological evaluations.
 

Because path towards self-discovery, growth, and healing is different for everyone, our services are uniquely personalized and  tailored to meet your unique needs and specific experiences.  All of our services begin by building a compassionate, collaborative relationship with each client that is grounded on understanding the full complexity of your identity and your experiences.  Together, we can empower you to move forward on your journey with a deeper self-awareness, more satisfying relationships (with yourself and with others) and a more meaningful, authentic existence.

Individual Psychotherapy

Individual psychotherapy involves you, the patient, talking to your the therapist about your concerns, issues, desires and goals. Individual therapy sessions may focus on current or past problems, thoughts and feelings, relationships, etc. Together we will explore the factors that are contributing to your distress and and thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that may no longer be serving you. Individual therapy sessions are usually scheduled on a regular  basis and are 45 to 55 minutes in length. Duration and frequency vary depending on the nature of your problem(s) and your individual needs.
​Common concerns that we treat at our center include:

  • PTSD & Trauma Recovery

  • Depression and Anxiety

  • Race-Based Trauma

  • Excessive Worry

  • Perfectionism

  • Relationship Concerns

  • Interpersonal Difficulties

  • Imposter Syndrome

  • Over-functioning Professionals

  • Trans/Gender Identity Concerns

  • LGBTQ Issues

  • Ethnic/Racial Identity Issues

  • Infertility struggles

  • Sexual Intimacy Concerns

  • Existential Concerns

  • Therapy for Psychotherapists

There are many therapeutic approaches to dealing with these issues.  ​Though our therapists practice from a variety of theoretical models, we all practice from an insight-oriented, multi-cultural framework.  Our insight-oriented therapeutic approaches can help you gain a deeper understanding of the roots of your difficulties through the process of  self-exploration, self-reflection, and self-discovery. Our evidence-based, trauma-informed practices can help you develop sustainable symptom relief  and support your path to healing, resilience and growth. Most often,  the therapy process includes learning new coping skills, increasing self-understanding, exploring relationship patterns, and gaining a better sense of how you interact and relate to others.

 

Relationship/Couples Therapy

Romantic relationships, at their best, can be deeply satisfying, rich and fulfilling experiences. When conflict arises, they can also be a source of hurt, sadness, and frustration. For partners who are struggling in their relationship, counseling provides a safe environment in which each partner can feel heard and understood.   ​Healthy communication is one of the most important ingredients of a successful relationship. Relational counseling can help increase clarity and improve communication skills, so that our clients leave therapy with a better understanding of themselves, their partner, and  the the negative patterns that are hindering the quality of the relationship(s),  regardless of the outcome.

We believe healthy relationships can exist in a variety of constellations, including those that have non-traditional/multi-partner configurations, or identify as non-monogamous/open, or polyamorous. We strive to be sensitive the unique needs and challenges of marginalized communities, such as sexual and gender minorities. We enjoy helping individuals in non-traditional relationships cultivate deeper, intimate and more satisfying partnerships from a shame-free and empowerment paradigm.​

Relationship counseling for non-traditional relationships can be particularly useful in addressing the following concerns:

  • Assisting partners  explore what form of ethical non-monogamy is best suited for them

  • Helping partners negotiate agreements and ethical boundaries of their relationships

  • Providing support for poly individuals in the "coming out" process

  • Identifying and negotiating cultural differences and power dynamics

 

Group Psychotherapy

Group psychotherapy is one of the most powerful therapeutic tools for growth and change. The groups  at ACIP are “interpersonal process groups” where the common elements that bring members together are the desire for self-understanding and a shared commitment to strive towards authenticity.

 

Our groups  provide the unique opportunity where you can receive honest, helpful, and challenging feedback from your peers allowing you to develop deeper awareness of your struggles and relational patterns ( ie, how they impede you from having more satisfying relationships with others and with your own self). Equipped with this new insights, the  safe, supportive therapeutic atmosphere of a therapy group provides the ideal place to experiment with new, more effective ways of relating to others, with the goal being that you can then apply these insights and skills in your life outside of group. ​​

There is a vast amount of research which shows that in many cases group psychotherapy is more effective that individual therapy, especially when interpersonal difficulties are a primary concern or when a person's alienation, isolation and lack of support exacerbates their symptoms of depression and anxiety.  

Group Therapy Can Help If You:

  • Find yourself surrounded by unsatisfying or shallow relationships and year for meaningful connections with others

  • Avoid confrontation or conflict in your life and find yourself pleasing others at the detriment of your own needs

  • Keep choosing partners that are unable or unwilling to meet your needs

  • Struggle to identify or express your needs to others

  • Avoid emotional intimacy and closeness in your relationships

  • Experience feeling chronically misunderstood by others despite your attempts

  • Feel confused or frightened by your anger or the healthy expression of anger by others

  • Tend to be seen externally by others as "having it all together," but internally you feel empty or lost

  • Have difficulties asking for help and struggle with the idea of depending on others

  • Find yourself feeling anxious about trusting others with your "real" self and guard your real thoughts and feelings

  • Feel confused about aspects of your identity (gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc.)

  • Feel depressed, anxious, or unmotivated, and are struggling to make changes in your life

Group therapy can be an excellent stand alone treatment to address your concerns, but it can also serve as an excellent adjust to your ongoing individual therapy work - particularly if you are feeling stuck in the same relationship patterns or struggling to implement the skills that you have learned. To enhance therapeutic experience for our clients, our groups are small  (limited to 5-8 individuals) and meet on a weekly basis for approximately 90 minutes. 

To learn more about group therapy and current group offerings, please visit our Group Therapy page.

 
 

Online Therapy/Teletherapy

We believe that it is important for therapy to be accessible for everyone. Online therapy (also known as teletherapy, telehealth or telepsychology) increases the accessibility of therapy by reducing some of the barriers that the demands of daily life and busy schedules can impose. In addition to being practical and convenient, recent research has demonstrated that is just as effective, and in some cases, more effective than in-person therapy. We provide the same quality of care, warmth, and connection and  utilize the same therapeutic interventions as We do in person, but through virtual face-to-face online sessions. Our clients are often surprised that our sessions through online therapy is just as in-depth and enriching as are our in person sessions. 

Through PSYPACT legislation, we now offer online therapy in these states:​

  • Illinois

  • Missouri

  • Nebraska

  • New Hampshire

  • Nevada

  • North Carolina

  • Georgia

  • Oregon

  • Arizona

  • Colorado

  • Delaware

  • DC

  • Oklahoma

  • Pennsylvania

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Virginia 

Online therapy gives you the benefits of traditional therapy from the comfort and convenience of your own home (or other private place such as an office, car, hotel room, etc. ), without having to deal with traffic, long commutes, or taking time off work.  Additional benefits of online therapy include:

  • higher level of privacy and confidentiality as no one will see you entering and exiting from a therapy office

  • the comfort of meeting from your own home, in your own environment

  • the convenience of receiving therapy even when you are traveling or out of town

  • time to gather your thoughts before and after our sessions, by eliminating the need to rush back to your car

 

​The video conferencing platform that we use is through SimplePractice and it is very simple to access and extremely easy to use.  Most importantly, it is secure (encrypted to the federal standards) and HIPPA-compliant. To access online therapy services, you will need a high speed internet connection and private, secure location free from interruptions.   Once you have scheduled an online therapy session,  you will be emailed a link to connect with your therapist, and then, a few minutes before the start of your appointment, you can use your smart phone, tablet, laptop or PC to log in to your session. It's that simple!