Psychotherapy and Counseling
I help you to navigate with various life challenges, adverse events, anxiety, job stress, depression, mental health issues, substance abuse, drug addiction, or other issues that may may be interfering with your ability to function effectively, and affect your psychological wellbeing, relationships, or productivity at work.
My Areas of Clinical Expertise Include:
- Anxiety and Worry
- Panic Disorder
- Social Anxiety
- Life Transitions
- Work-related Stress
- Relationship Issues
- LGBTQ+ Issues
- Identity Issues
- Grief and Loss
- Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
- Self-defeating Behaviors
- EAP Counseling
I utilize Integrative Therapy, that combines different therapy modalities and evidence-based treatment, to fit the needs of the individual client. In my practice, I integrate various psychotherapeutic methods and orientations, depending on the client’s unique background and presenting concerns.
These approaches include solution-focused brief therapy, cognitive behavioral, client-centered, insight-oriented, culturally sensitive, strength-based, mindfulness-based, and psychodynamic approaches. I may also incorporate the use of other methods in order to tailor my psychological services to the client’s needs.
My main focus is on the here and now, but I may explore the client’s past to provide insight on how early experiences and relationships, and unresolved issues, continue to influence the present, in terms of thoughts, feelings, behavior and current relationships, and how they may impact the day-to-day life.
Individual psychotherapy involves you, the client, talking to the psychotherapist about your issues and concerns, as well as your goals. The session focus may be on current or past issues, problems, feelings, relationships, etc. Together we explore the aspects that are contributing to your distress, and what no longer works, including unhelpful thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. We explore how you can better handle difficult and painful thoughts and feelings. We examine how the past still may influence your behavior today. We learn how to identify unhealthy patterns and how to change them for healthier ones.
Individual psychotherapy sessions are normally 60 minutes in length. The sessions are scheduled usually weekly, especially in the beginning. The frequency may vary depending on your individual needs.
Psychotherapy may be time limited brief therapy, or as long as several years, depending on the client’s needs and personal goals. Toward the end of treatment, the frequency of sessions may be reduced to encourage client autonomy.
The sessions are mostly provided online via Zoom services.
To schedule an online session, please contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ritva Morales, Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Languages spoken: English, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, Spanish.