Types of Counseling/Therapy

The goal of therapy/counseling is to talk through mental health issues and help clients heal, grow, and move toward more productive, psychologically healthy lives. Good therapy is client-driven, and specific goals for therapy will be determined by you and your therapist. The frequency and duration of therapy will depend largely on your needs, treatment goals, and progress. There are various types of therapy.

Individual Therapy or Counseling

Individual therapy or counseling

Individual therapy—also known as psychotherapy, talk therapy, or counseling—is a collaborative process between therapist and client that aims to facilitate change and improve quality of life.

Play Therapy

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a form of therapy primarily geared towards children. The therapist will encourage a child to explore life events that may have an effect on current circumstances, in a manner and pace of the child’s choosing, primarily through play but also through language. Parents can also be guided through this type of therapy using a method called Parent-Child Interactive Therapy (PCIT).

Couples Therapy

Marriage Therapy

Couples or marriage therapy is offered to support people in relationships who may be considering separation or seeking improved intimacy and understanding. The relationship is the focus, and each partner should also expect to focus on self-improvement and self-awareness.

Family Therapy

Family Therapy

Family therapy or family counseling is designed to address specific issues that affect the psychological health of the family, such as major life transitions or mental health conditions. Treatment includes methods that teach families social skills, positive engagement, communication, behavior modification, and healthy interaction.

Christina Castorena, MS, LMFT


– Christina Castorena, LMFT
Castorena Therapeutic Services


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