Psychotherapy

Individual Therapy


Individual therapy involves meeting on a one-on-one basis with a therapist. 
Your therapist helps reduce feelings of personal discomfort, internal conflicts, negative thinking, beliefs and feelings, and uncomfortable sensations in the body – even physical pain.  Individual therapy --counseling-- is a highly effective approach that has been proven to be successful in helping people find solutions for a wide diversity of life concerns, problems, and issues.  

Individual Therapy may be used to resolve barriers interfering with positive qualities, such as joy, compassion, peace, self-esteem, spiritual connection, and love. This form of counseling is a common and useful means of self-growth and self-actualization.

With individual therapy, you can learn to recognize and replace the old negative patterns of thoughts and behaviors with new, healthier alternatives in daily life. Individual therapy is a highly effective approach and has been proven to be successful in treating a wide variety of emotional problems and issues, such as –
•    Abandonment Issues
•    Depression
•    Anxiety/stress
•    Panic attacks
•    Anger
•    Issues related to physical and/or emotional trauma
•    Relationship issues
•    Phobias
•    Chronic worry
•    Obsessions
•    Compulsions
•    Addictions (alcohol, drugs, sex, etc.)
•    Social anxiety
•    Sexual problems and issues
•    Low self-esteem

Individual therapy is usually focused on both the presenting problem and deeper chronic problem issues.  Desired results are most often achieved in approximately 10-20 sessions.  Most people often enjoy rapid and enduring change and relief from their symptoms and problems. I work in partnership with you to address your therapeutic needs and goals.

Marriage and Couple's Therapy

 
Couples therapy involves meeting with a therapist as a couple who are in a committed relationship.  

In a marriage, effective communication is the number one ingredient that keeps couples together. Effective communication is essential in resolving conflicts common in every marriage. Love is also fundamental. However, without communication it is difficult to keep the love-feelings alive in the midst of ongoing difficulty and strife. Eventually, something has to give, and too often it is the commitment to one another.

Most often, couples come to therapy as a "last ditch" effort. Counseling is often put off until separation and threats of divorce are daily occurrences. The couple has often reached a point where neither one can "take it" anymore. The reluctance to seek help outside the marriage is understandable, but too often fuels the fire of emotional distress by prolonging negative moods and behaviors.

The good news is that when a couple is motivated to stay together, therapy can still be effective in repairing the damage that might have already occurred. Recognition of the communication challenges often faced in marriage have encouraged newly formed couples -even before marriage- to enter couples therapy to promote effective communication and correct the problem issues that may be developing and might eventually get in the way of their commitment to their relationship.

Group Therapy

Group Therapy – Individual members or multi-couple members
Group Therapy is psychotherapy in a small group of individuals (6-12 members). The group meets, with a trained group therapist, for the purpose of personal growth and healing. Members agree to maintain confidentiality -- to not discuss any group content outside the group. During sessions, members decide what they want to talk about, and while openness is encouraged, no one is forced to reveal information, which they choose to keep private.  Group therapy may eventually become an extension of individual or couples therapy.  Participants are selected after successfully participating in individual or couples therapy. 

Through interacting with others in the group, members learn and understand more about themselves and their effect on others outside the group through the feedback they receive from their fellow group members. People in the group provide emotional support and friendly connections for one another. In this environment where trust and safety are built, members can express their thoughts and feelings more freely than they may be able to do outside the group. The therapist helps in keeping the group on track and promotes an environment appropriate for sharing, feedback and support. Group therapy is similar to support groups with regard to alleviation of symptoms, enhancing coping, offering alternatives and providing comfort. Change is also emphasized especially in the area of interpersonal relating. Support groups and group therapy are both led by a trained therapist, whereas in self-help groups, a professional may not always be present.

Dr. Jim Wayland

Dr. Jim Wayland has been in private practice over 30 years.  His focus is with adults and adult issues.  Jim’s approach to psychotherapy has been nationally recognized for offering positive, can-do results to people who have been struggling with significant life-difficulties, trauma, and emotional discouragement.

Jim uses psychodynamic and behavioral psychology methods to provide effective, efficient lasting results.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Fellow in the Association of Scientific Hypnotherapy, and is certified in Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).  Jim uses his education and his experience in helping people suffering from personal crisis, emotional and physical trauma, addiction, stress-related illness, and chronic pain.

Dr. Wayland’s research background has been in Neuropsychology and the Psychophysiology of Hypnosis. He is also experienced in college teaching, public speaking, mentoring and coaching.  He is known nationally and internationally for his work with addictions – alcohol, drugs and sexual addictions.  Jim is a member of the Texas Medical Association’s Speakers Bureau.  He is noted for having a unique ability to connect with others using skills of insight, experience, and finding the truths which circumstances have often hidden.