Adult/Couples therapy

In our work with adults, we assist individuals and/or couples to become aware of past losses, incompletions and repetitive destructive patterns in their lives. We then provide opportunities to integrate and heal these roadblocks to growth and happiness.

Although there are many similarities in the human experience, we all have unique qualities and problems. You are an important part of the treatment team. We develop a customized program to meet an individual’s needs through an ongoing blend of assessments and interventions.

The primary goal of treatment is positive change — new choices, perspectives, options, behaviors, coping strategies and relationships. We explore areas such as anger management, conflict resolution, communication skills and improved self-image.

Issues and Goals

Learn Relationship Skills

Adults who grew up in families where problems were not openly discussed lack an effective model for how to solve problems and resolve conflict. We emphasize the teaching of skills that enhance the couple’s ability to work out their differences in a healthy way.

Resolve Old Grief

We often need to go through a process of grieving our childhood losses and pain to properly move into adult roles. Otherwise, we bring these unresolved feelings into our intimate relationships. We offer an opportunity for healing and mastering the original hurts rather than re-enacting them by withdrawing or attacking.

Find New Approaches

Intellectual understanding is not enough to convince our emotions to change. Our feelings rule our interactions and determine our attitudes, judgments and perceptions. We provide a safe, collaborative environment in which to cut through defenses and try out new, more productive behaviors.

Develop Attachment Communication Skills

Effective communication is a key to successful relationships. We provide the conditions and structure necessary to create safe and constructive confiding, opening and connecting. This is accomplished by practicing sharing and listening skills, which increases positive patterns of interacting. Being attuned to one another’s needs and feelings promotes empathy, warmth and genuineness. Current relationship patterns are tied to prior family-of-origin attachment patterns. We assist couples in developing healthy communication, problem-solving and conflict-management skills.

Evergreen Psychotherapy Center has expertise in the areas of:

    • Substance abuse
    • Trauma
    • School issues
    • Parenting
    • Problem solving
    • Anxiety
    • Depression
    • Family issues — especially blended families
    • Stress management

Upcoming Seminars

Dr. Terry Levy travels the world to deliver professional training and instruction for general audiences. Here’s where to find him next:

April 25
Bakersfield, Calif.
April 26
Ventura, Calif.
April 27
Santa Barbara, Calif.
May 23
Lake of the Ozarks, Mo.

June 20
Warwick, R.I.
June 21
Cromwell, Conn.
June 22
Trumbull, Conn.
July 25
Traverse City, Mich.
July 26
Grand Rapids, Mich.
July 27
Lansing, Mich.
August 28
Eugene, Ore.
August 29
Portland, Ore.
August 30
Vancouver, Wash.
Sept 19
Buffalo, N.Y.
Sept 20
Rochester, N.Y.
Sept 21
Syracuse, N.Y.
October 4-6
ATTACh 30th Annual Conference, Virginia Beach, Va.
 

Visit our calendar for more details.

What is attachment?

It is the deep and enduring connection established between a child and caregiver in the first several years of life. However, more and more children are failing to develop secure attachments to loving, protective caregivers. These children are left without the most important foundation for healthy development and are at risk for:
  • low self-esteem
  • lack of self-control
  • antisocial attitudes and behaviors
  • aggression and violence
  • lack of empathy, compassion and remorse
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Recommended reading

These books and journal articles explain the most important aspects of attachment in adults and children, child maltreatment, treatment approaches, parenting and related social issues.