The first several sessions of therapy are dedicated to creating a trusting and safe relationship between the therapist and the client. Together, they look to identify and set plans to reach personal, social and professional goals. Individual therapy sessions can utilize several modalities depending on the concerns facing the client. The length of time a person may be involved in individual therapy depends on a number of factors which become apparent as the treatment unfolds.
Couple therapy differs from individual therapy as we focus on concerns regarding the relationship. Some of the more common difficulties arise through poor communication habits, intimacy conflicts, changes in medical financial or family health, or decisions to separate and restart a life without each other.
There are times in people’s lives that a situation arises and one feel’s unable to cope with immediate emotions or find a way to work out a solution to the problem without help. The major goals of crisis intervention are to assure safety, stabilize the person or situation and to assist in the beginning of a plan to change the situation. This may involve other people, like family members or close friends and professional help. Crisis intervention is a temporary aide and a bridge to more lasting forms of assistance.
Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM)
for the past 28 years, I have worked with first responders (Fire service, EMT’s, Police, and Sheriff Department personnel) following their work in traumatic situations involving severe injury and death. Critical incident stress management programs are widely used throughout the United States as a primary means to assist first responders in processing their thoughts and reactions to these terrible events. There are a number of programs and techniques used to work with primary responders and their families to assist with adjustment and stability.
Development & Training Programs
In-service continuing education is the primary source of new learning for staff in skilled nursing facilities, assisted living centers, and local and state organizations serving the Geropsychology population. As a staff psychologist and consultant to programs dedicated to serving this population, Dr. Gelber has been able to provide up-to-date training and expertise to assure the highest quality and consistency of care.