We know how to help you.
It can be difficult to ask for help. But it’s a shame when things like stress, sadness, anxiety, frustration, or behaviors prevent you from living your life to the fullest. If your days are stressful and somber more often than they are happy and joyful, therapy can make a difference in your life.
Who do we treat?
Everyone is welcome at Exhale Behavioral Health – we treat children, adolescents, adults, and couples.
Children age 6 and up
If your child is struggling with emotional or behavioral problems, we can be of help. When a child is excessively disruptive, irritable, misbehaving at home and/or in school, or fearful and sad for long periods of time, it may be a sign of a psychological problem that would requires treatment. Especially when such issues interfere with everyday life and keep your child from missing important parts of childhood, it’s important to intervene.
At Exhale, we treat children age 6 and up, because our help is the most effective when the child is old enough to be an active participant in the therapeutic process. We treat children with behavioral or emotional problems, recovering from traumatic events, or coping with family issues. Our focus is on making your child feel safe and free to express themselves. Play therapy, art, and open dialogue help our therapists get to the root of the issue and use interventions to help your child feel happier and succeed.
Tweens and teens
For many families, a child’s transition from childhood to adulthood can be a bumpy ride. Your teen is developing unique personality traits, exploring their identity, and discovering what they want in life. At the same time, your child is learning to understand new and more complex emotions, experiencing physical and hormonal changes, and navigating increasingly difficult social situations. Needless to say, all of this and more, brings a lot of stress, insecurity, and anxiety to teenagers.
At Exhale, we treat teens dealing with any hurdles they may encounter as they transition to becoming an adult. Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, and self-injurious behavior is common in teens. These problems can interfere with everyday life and a teen’s development, but they can also escalate and lead to dangerous consequences. Our therapists work with adolescents to unpack the challenges they’re facing, discover new perspectives, build confidence, and learn effective coping skills.
Young adults to seniors
Adulthood is complicated, and we could all use someone to confide in. Whether you are a young adult navigating work, school, and relationships, or a senior going into retirement – each stage of adulthood brings with it struggles and concerns. On top of that, life can get messy and we have to cope with disappointment, complex challenges, adversity, and grief, as we experience milestones or a wrench is tossed in our plans for life.
Issues such as depression, panic and anxiety, imbalances, frustration, sleep problems, and low self-esteem can be debilitating and unfair – but you are never alone. At Exhale, our therapists are there for you to help you sort through your thoughts and feelings, get to the bottom of the challenges in your path, and find the strength within yourself to work towards a solution. Whether you have complex issues that need discovered and treated, or you are just not feeling as happy, content, and fulfilled as you want, therapy can help.
“Invest in yourself because you are worth it.” – Sharon
Partners in an intimate relationship
Love, trust, communication, connection, patience, and mutual respect are some of the most important elements of a healthy relationship. More often than not, couples could benefit to work on one or more of these elements to improve their relationship and experience more love and joy because of it. Additionally, the complexities of life can put a strain on your relationship and create challenges along the way. Frequent arguing, poor communication, a diminished feeling of intimacy, or infidelity can make it difficult to continue your relationship, no matter how badly you may want to stay together.
A therapist can be an impartial mediator, translator, and facilitator as you and your partner work through issues and try to mend your bond. We can help you find each other again, and revitalize the love you once shared or strengthen your connection.
We believe that how a couple defines themselves is what matters – we meet with couples regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, legal status, or length of relationship.
A client-focused approach.
Anyone can benefit from therapy, but everyone is different so what might work for someone may not be as effective for someone else.
At Exhale, you are what matters first and foremost. We want to help you live your life to the fullest, and find happiness and hope. We strive to empower you to take charge in your own life and create joy. We’ll help you feel comfort and acceptance, find answers to the questions you want to explore, and learn new skills and approaches to the challenges you face. Our experienced therapists will work with you to determine your challenges and help you work towards a solution, in ways that are comfortable and effective for you.
“You are the expert in what you believe, want, and need in your life. Our therapists can help you uncover what’s already within you to help you find hope and joy.” – Sharon
Our therapists are educated, experienced, and licensed to work with different therapeutic approaches. More often than not, they will use bits and pieces of a variety of evidence-based therapies, to best match your specific needs and goals.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective and common psychological treatments in the world. It can be very effective for treating a wide range of problems, but it is particularly helpful for mood and anxiety disorders. Scientific evidence demonstrates that CBT is equally or more effective than other therapies, and even psychiatric medications. In fact, CBT is believed to be so effective, a lot of other types of therapy are based on the principles of CBT or borrow specific methods and techniques.
The main idea behind CBT is that underlying many psychological issues, are thoughts and behavior patterns that are actually inaccurate and unhelpful. Sometimes, our brains can trick us into believing things that are actually not true or that we cannot know, such as thinking “I can’t do this, I’m not good enough” or “those people must be laughing at me”. These types of thought patterns can become excessively distorted and affect us more and more in everyday life. Using CBT, your therapist can help you identify and challenge certain thoughts and behaviors that are standing in your way of being happy, and teach you better coping mechanisms.
As the name implies, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) aims to find solutions for problems you are experiencing. It is a forward-looking approach that your therapist may choose to work with to empower you to create positive change in your own life. Sometimes, you can see what things in your life are posing a challenge to your happiness, and you have a clear idea of what goals you need to reach to overcome these challenges. Using SFT, your therapist can help you identify and clarify your goals, and develop a plan for change. Then, as you work to achieve your goals, your therapist will be there with you every step of the way.
Even when the problems you are trying to deal with are out of your control, and there is no true solution, SFT can be of help. For example, if you are coping with grief, loss, or trauma, SFT can help you think in terms of acceptance and possibilities, and work towards a future state in which you can healthily cope.
Psychodynamic therapy, focuses on the role of emotions and how unconscious processes may affect your thoughts, feelings, and behavior, and ultimately your life. This type of therapy can be especially eye-opening and helpful when you are experiencing issues in every-day life, but you just can’t quite put your finger on why. By exploring what your issues are and what you may have experienced in the past, you and your therapist might be able to uncover and identify some underlying drivers to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, that you can work on.
Originally developed to treat borderline personality disorder, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive cognitive-behavioral approach, that can be especially helpful when you are experiencing issues that affect your life in multiple different ways. In DBT, you and your therapist will focus on looking inward to find acceptance and learn to practice mindfulness; difficulties you encounter in interpersonal relationships; your ability to react to and cope with adverse circumstances and stress; and skillful regulation or your emotions.