Family Therapy

Family therapy is indicated when a problem is impacting multiple people, or when  a person who is struggling with a problem needs help in developing support to manage their problem.  Generally, any issue that can be treated with psychotherapy (depression anxiety, delinquency) can be treated with a family therapy approach. The most common family therapy referrals are in cases of excessive family conflict, adolescent delinquency, and families struggling with transitions.

While they can vary greatly in therapy and technique, what all family therapy approaches have in common is that they begin with the belief that no one person is not the problem, and that everyone in the family system can contribute to resolving the presenting problem. At PCG we take a strengths-focused approach to family therapy that respects all family members and allows everyone in the room a voice.

Often, we find that a mix of family therapy and individual therapy help our clients achieve the best results.  Your therapist will discuss these different treatment modalities in the course of treatment planning.

Individual Therapy

Much like it sounds, individual therapy is a process where clients work one-on-one with their therapist to achieve personal goals. Generally, this process involves discussing your personal history, setting goals for change, and developing skills and personal insight that will help achieve the growth you desire. Common goals of individual therapy include treating depression, anxiety, trauma, and behavioral issues. The therapists at PCG have varied training and therapeutic approaches, but we guarantee that you will always be treated in a sensitive, caring, and respectful manner.

Couples Therapy

All couples go through stressful times and transitions.  When couples get overwhelmed by these stresses couples therapy can be a helpful way to get back into a healthy relational balance. In some cases, couples therapy can be indicated when one partner is struggling with mental health issues and the couple needs support to learn how to address this problem.

Most couples therapy sessions involve both partners, but individual sessions are common as well.  Sometimes including the larger system (friends, extended family, and children) is also recommended.  You and your therapist will discuss what are the best options for you.

Couples therapy is differs from individual therapy in that both partners are considered the client.  This has implications for privacy rules that your therapist will discuss with you.  All of our therapist have a “No Secrets” policy in couples therapy. This means that the therapist will not keep secrets for one partner against the other.  We find that secret keeping is destructive to the relationship and counter-productive to the therapy.

Group Therapy

Some issues are most efficiently dealt with in a group setting. The main advantage to attending a therapy group is that you get to benefit from the insight and experience of other group members, as well as the expertise of your therapist.  Additionally, insurance co-pays or out-of-pocket fees are usually lower than they are for individual treatment, making it a cost effective way to seek change.


Diagnostic Assessment

Diagnostic assessment is a process of evaluation and goal setting that takes place over the first few sessions of therapy.

Educational Classes

The PCG staff is available for small and large group trainings on mental-health related topics.  In the past we have presented on topics such as:

  • recognizing mental health symptoms
  • enhancing parenting skills
  • teen suicide and self-harm risk
  • self-relaxation and meditation

Psychological Assessment

Psychological assessment tools and scales are utilized in determining diagnosis, treatment planning and clarifying the overall picture of a client. Assessment length varies depending on type of test(s) administered.



Hypnosis is a naturally occurring state of focused attention and heightened suggestibility. Alan is currently using hypnosis to help clients control appetite, stop smoking, and more easily relax and manage anxiety.