Therapy Sessions Tailored To Your Needs

Individual, Group, and Family Therapy

Dr. Steven Hartman, Psy. D has over 17 years of experience conducting individual, group, and family therapy.

Individual Therapy

Individual Therapy sessions are generally held on a weekly basis for the first 4-8 weeks of treatment. During the initial 2-4 sessions, Dr. Hartman assess the individual’s unique needs and develops a treatment plan to help alleviate targeted problem areas. Dr. Hartman then begins to incorporate cognitive-behavioral techniques and strategies to help minimize stressors and assist patients in relieving their life problems. For children and adolescents, parents are asked to be as involved as possible in the assessment and treatment planning process. In sessions 4-9, Dr. Hartman implements the treatment plan and introduces methodologies, education about symptoms, and assesses progress in treatment of targeted problem areas. On the 10th session, Dr. Hartman assess patient progress formally, and along with patient input, determines the medical necessity of continuing treatment and makes adjustments to the treatment plan. Each patient has their unique therapeutic needs, therefore, the length of treatment is often uncertain. As patients begin to improve in their functioning, sessions are often held less frequently (i.e., bi-weekly, once per month). It is also not uncommon for patients to discontinue sessions for a period of time and make appointments on an as-needed-basis or a “tune-up” as I often refer to it.

Group Therapy

Group Therapy sessions are held on a limited time basis, usually in 8 session units. Dr. Hartman requires that group session patients first participate in individual therapy in order to safeguard the patient and the other members of the group. It is important that patients develop the necessary coping and interpersonal skills to manage the group process. Dr. Hartman typically runs groups for Anger Management, Managing Depression, and Managing Anxiety (OCD, Acute Anxiety, Social Anxiety).

Family Therapy

Family Therapy sessions are often provided when young children and adolescents are the primary patient. However, there are circumstances where the children are not the primary focus of intervention. Dr. Hartman incorporates family systems theory into his framework of treatment. Dr. Hartman facilitates the development of a cohesive family unit that works together to solve problems. Although there is often an identified patient, family therapy attempts to incorporate all members and hold all accountable in a group effort to achieve harmony.

A Note of Caution

Therapy is often very challenging and uncomfortable due to the process of self-reflection, awareness, and insight. Some patients find it difficult to face these obstacles and resist the therapeutic process. As with most life challenges, “the more you put into it, the more you get out of it.” It is important to engage in the process and share these concerns with Dr. Hartman when necessary.