Dr. Fitzgerald has been broadly trained and is able to help clients address a variety of problems. Since each person is different, therapy is tailored to the individual's needs and preferences. Treatment may be long- or short-term, focused on a specific issue, or more extensive, depending on the individual. The goal is to help you make positive life changes in an environment that offers privacy, confidentiality and professionalism in all aspects of treatment.
Some common types of psychotherapy are described below:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a treatment directed at identifying your inner dialogue in an effort to make automatic thoughts and assumptions become conscious and, thereby, correctable. For example, if you had to make a list of your own self-talk on a given day, you might be surprised to realize how often you are critical, shaming, and/or just plain wrong. Becoming aware of these so-called thinking errors is a necessary part of addressing problems that undermine self-confidence and lead to disturbances in mood and functioning. CBT is a popular therapy because it has been found to be quite effective in helping people make lasting improvements in their mood and tolerance for stress.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) takes a different stance. In ACT, thoughts are considered in terms of their effectiveness in moving you toward---or away from---your personal goals. The importance of Mindfulness, being present in the moment, is emphasized, as is the concept of Willingness to consider change. ACT helps clients to detoxify from unhealthy thinking patterns in order to achieve a life closer to the one they want for themselves.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy helps to resolve issues from the past that continue to affect the way individuals see themselves and others. This therapy is especially helpful when certain patterns of interpersonal interactions seem to recur repeatedly across time and across different relationships. Freud might not have been right about everything, but his belief that life patterns repeat until they are understood and resolved is often borne out by experience.
Exposure therapies for obsessive-compulsive disorders are a highly effective means of bringing relief to individuals suffering from repetitive thoughts or actions that may significantly impair their everyday functioning. Certain types of exposure therapy are also effective for people with symptoms of trauma.