Shoval M. Gur-Aryeh, Ph.D.
Each therapy session lasts 45 minutes and is focused on the client's goals; i.e., what
he or she wants to accomplish in therapy. There are no predetermined topics to discuss
as each session is guided by the needs of the particular client.
Each therapy session lasts 45 minutes and is focused on helping children reach their goals through talk therapy and play therapy. Depending on a child's age and level of maturity, they may have difficulty expressing themselves with words. In such cases, play therapy is an important way to help children learn new skills and improve their emotional well-being. Goals may include social skills development, healthier self-confidence, or feeling less depressed or anxious.
Counseling sessions last 45 minutes. Counseling focuses on helping parents to identify and improve challenges in raising their children. They say parenting is a full-time job and it can be the most rewarding, but also the most challenging job we'll ever have. Often, parents find themselves terribly frustrated because they realize their child is doing poorly, but they may feel helpless to improve the situation. In sessions, I work with parents to build upon their strengths so that they feel empowered to parent their children in an effective and supportive manner.
Each session lasts 55 minutes. Typically, I meet with the couple together for 2-3 sessions, followed by an individual session with each partner. Afterward, the couple resumes coming in together. The individual session is helpful in giving each partner an opportunity to share their personal history. This is often very important to understanding the challenges the couple is experiencing in their relationship.
Mental Health Trainings
I conduct trainings on a variety of mental health topics for professional staff. Topics include understanding mental illness, mood disorders, and suicidality. These trainings are geared toward mental health practitioners, non-mental health professional staff, and law-enforcement agencies.
These mental health presentations are geared toward lay-people in the community. Topics include mental illness, mood disorders, addiction, and suicidality.
I conduct risk-assessment evaluations for law enforcement agencies. The purpose of these evaluations is to determine the level of risk that an individual with a history of criminal offending will commit another offense.