At Capitol Hill Counseling and Consultation, our mission is simple
We begin by collaborating with our clients and tailoring a specialized treatment plan that is aimed at reducing symptoms and reconstructing lives. We provide both short-term and long-term therapy according to the need and desired outcomes. From initial contact to the end of service, our clients can expect a level of care that is rooted in responsive communication and support that guides them through their transformation.
When clients complete their recommended care, they do so with a better insight about themselves, and with the tools necessary to navigate the challenges that life brings. We want each individual, family, or couple to feel that they are capable of doing their continued therapy on their own.
We provide the following mental health services:
When most people think of therapy, this is what comes to mind: regular one-on-one sessions in a safe, caring environment. We provide that space for individuals to explore their feelings, thoughts, and beliefs. In therapy with adults, the client and therapist work together to set goals and work toward making beneficial changes. In individual therapy with children and adolescents, we work toward goals in collaboration with the family or caregivers.
We offer a variety of therapies including play and talk therapy, behavioral, cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, and humanistic therapies depending on the presenting problem and the preferences of the client. Typical presenting problems include grief and trauma, depression and other mood difficulties, anxiety, stress, and behavioral, school, work, relationship, or family problems. Still other clients seek treatment as part of their wellness routine.
When issues affect many or all members of the family it is important to come together with a trained therapist to work on the presenting issues. Whether it is a life transition such as the passing of a loved one or the dissolution of a marriage, or a problem that is affecting the family such as behavioral acting out, substance abuse or mental illness, family therapy can provide a safe space to discuss, understand, and shift how the family manages the challenges.
Family therapy can be conducted across generations with parents, children, and grandparents or it may be a sibling group or a family group of adults. What is important in determining who participates in family therapy is the shared connection of the people to the specific set of issues. The healing opportunities in family therapy are powerful, ranging from providing the necessary understanding and behavioral changes to handle a given situation to transforming the entire group and stopping a cycle of dysfunction from repeating from one generation to the next.
Whether you are looking to strengthen your partnership or navigate conflict, couples therapy is a valuable tool that can help identify challenges and develop strategies to resolve issues effectively. Couple therapy including pre-marital counseling, can also serve to assess and work on potential areas of difficulty before they become an obstacle to intimacy. We help couples discuss and work through barriers to both emotional and physical intimacy in order to improve their relationship. We work on improving the relationship by enhancing communication skills and shared understanding to build trust and the ability to support one another.
Some couples that we work with may also be struggling with issues that are created outside of their relationship such as managing the impact of infertility or in-laws, or community bias based on mixed race or same gender relationships. We recognize that not all couples follow traditional paths of monogamy and we will assist couples with issues of infidelity, establishing boundaries of relationships outside of the primary bond, or the variety of alternative lifestyle choices.
Whether as an adjunct to individual therapy or by itself, group therapy offers an opportunity to explore individual issues with others and enhance interpersonal skills in a safe space. Group therapy often offers the relief of knowing and understanding that you are not alone, that others have experienced or are going through similar struggles.
Group members help each other better understand challenges and solutions while also offering comforting support. We offer many groups for specific problems or populations such as grief, self-esteem, ACOA, and some are general therapy groups for children, adolescents, and adults. Groups are usually composed of 6 to12 people and offer a safe space to provide and receive support from the lead therapist, as well as other group members.
Psychological Assessment & Testing
Psychological Testing offers a standardized way to assess specific issues and make accurate diagnoses and recommendations. We offer a variety of psychological testing protocols depending on the questions that need to be answered. We offer cognitive, achievement, and intellectual assessment, psycho-educational assessments, neuropsychological assessments, and personality assessments.
We receive testing requests for a variety of reasons including entry into or needed support in an academic institution, dementia screening, ADHD evaluation, accurate diagnosis, or as part of a special assessment for corporations, bariatric assessments for physicians, legal proceedings, and disability cases. We have the capacity to test school age children and adolescents, adults, and elders. We do not currently have the capability to assess individuals on the autism spectrum.
Adjunct Therapy & Specialty Services
Oftentimes, adjunct therapies can provide a targeted way to bridge a gap in skills or springboard therapeutic movement to aid progress in meeting therapeutic goals. We also often get referrals for special assessments from outside professional referrals or our own clients for specific purposes. We utilize insurance to the extent possible and offer self-pay options as needed. Adjunct therapies are done while clients are seen in their primary individual, family or couple therapy whereas specialty assessments are often done as an independent, stand-alone service. We use standard and proven methods of treatment and assessment available to provide these additional options for clients.
- Dialectical Behavior Skills Training (DBT) is a treatment based upon the work of Marsha Linehan that teaches clients to effectively manage and regulate powerful emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. It does this by using strategies that are combined to help clients use mindfulness techniques to become more present, improve their relationships and self-awareness, and manage distressing emotions. DBT was originally designed to assist in treating traumatized individuals, but it has been proven effective with a range of mental health issues.
- Eye Movement and Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) is an evidence-based psychotherapy that involves eye movements while accessing traumatic memories. EMDR seeks to alleviate distress associated with these memories by removing psychological blocks and allowing clients to adapt and transform the meaning of painful traumas by using intellectual and emotional processing. EMDR can also be used to enhance a sense of well-being and focused enhancement of specific skills.
- Special Assessments can be conducted at the request of clients, physicians and chiropractors, lawyers and courts, community institutions and corporations such as Bariatric Assessment, Discrimination, Trauma, and Child Custody legal cases, Forensic Assessment, Adoption, Therapeutic Pets, Personal Injury and Workman’s Compensation claims, Security Clearances, and Job Re-Entry.
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