What is Individual Therapy?

Individual therapy at Aspire is a verbal intervention designed to reduce symptoms that are interfering with the person’s ability to function in at least one area of their life (i.e. family life, work, school, etc.). Individual therapy is provided in one-on-one sessions in increments of 16-37 minutes or 38-52 minutes. How frequently a person is seen in individual therapy and for how long varies based on that individual’s specific needs.


What is Family Therapy?

Family therapy is a type of intervention that includes members of a family. Issues are viewed within the context of the family unit with the goal being to improve communication and help the family resolve conflicts. This intervention is especially effective with children and adolescents.


What is Group Therapy?

Group therapy is a verbal intervention that uses the interaction between therapist and client, and includes the experiences and interactions between group members. This is a very effective intervention that has the tendency to move treatment along faster than individual therapy. Confidentiality is a requirement of participation, and clients themselves decide how much to share based on their own comfort level.


What kind of therapy is used?

The clinicians employed by Aspire Indiana strive to help clients make change in their lives as quickly and effectively as possible. Therefore, we use those therapies or "Evidence Based Practices” that have been well researched and have been found to have good clinical outcomes. The following are just some of the Evidence Based Practices our clinicians use:
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)

This therapy focuses on the role our thoughts and feelings play in our behavior. It is a focused, usually short term treatment option that is often more affordable than some other types of therapy that may take much longer to see results. Clinical outcomes are especially good when CBT is used with those who are experiencing depression or anxiety.


Motivational Interviewing (MI)

This therapy is a collaborative, person centered approach designed to strengthen an individual's motivation for change and move them toward a specific goal by drawing out and exploring the person's own reasons for change.


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

DBT is a Cognitive Behavioral approach focusing on the regulation of one’s own emotions. It was designed for use in treating individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder, but it has also been found helpful in treating those who engage in self-harm.


Cannabis Youth Treatment (CYT)

Although initially designed to treat Cannabis use, this approach has been found to be effective in treating all forms of substance use disorders in adolescents. This approach, a combination of cognitive behavior therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, and relapse prevention therapy encourages clients to develop personal understanding and real life coping strategies needed to get off and stay off substances of abuse.


What can I expect during my first appointment?

The initial or "intake” appointment is scheduled with a clinician specially trained to assess the problem that brought you in as well as evaluate how well you are functioning in key life areas. With assistance from this clinician, you develop your personalized plan for making change. You can expect to leave this first session with scheduled follow up appointments, including the dates and times of any prescribed group therapies.


How will I know if I am progressing?

Many times people report a temporary feeling of relief which is the result of unburdening themselves to a therapist or group. However, a more lasting result comes through making positive changes in an effort to reach your personal goals. To track progress toward those goals, you and your primary therapist will review the plan you constructed during the first appointment, adding objectives or making other changes as necessary throughout treatment. Your progress is also tracked through periodic reassessments which give you information about how the changes you are making have affected your functioning in key life areas.