Individual Therapy & Consultation

 Individual Therapy or Consultation for short-term strategies?


For those who are hurting or feeling overwhelmed, individual therapy can be a resource for healing and growth. For those seeking therapy for depression or anxiety or experiencing signs of depression or anxiety, research shows that they often occur together and both respond to treatment and therapy. An accurate assessment of the underlying conditions, personal history and present circumstances is an important initial step. Based on this assessment, an individually tailored treatment plan is created to ensure focus and progress. Dr. Dohrenwend works collaboratively with her clients to identify and explore the areas that may be negatively impacting emotional health.

Individual therapy sessions are initially scheduled weekly or every other week and decrease in frequency as progress is made and goals are met. Termination is discussed and planned for when indicated. Dr. Dohrenwend works with children, adolescents and adults.

Areas of Specialty
  • Mood Disorders
  • Life Transition
  • Anger Management
  • Impulse Control
  • Social & Relationship Concerns

Throughout the therapeutic process, Dr. Dohrenwend offers consistent support and guidance in a safe and nonjudgmental environment. She provides her clients with Therapy for those feeling overwhelmed, with symptoms of depression, signs of anxiety.relevant resources and tools in order to enhance progress between sessions. Dr. Dohrenwend’s approach primarily involves cognitive behavioral techniques, which include challenging old habits and negative thinking, while learning new practical skills to make positive changes.  

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy?

Cognitive behavioral therapy is a treatment option that has been especially effective for managing symptoms of depression and anxiety. Dr. Dohrenwend uses an integrated approach with a strong focus on two orientations, which include:

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is an empirically supported and structured approach that focuses on challenging negative thinking in order to view difficult situations more clearly and respond more effectively.
  2. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), which is a cognitive approach that employs validation, positive reinforcement and acceptance to help change unhealthy and ineffective patterns of behavior. Mindfulness techniques such as progressive relaxation and deep breathing are DBT techniques that have been especially helpful to manage strong negative emotions. Boundary setting is also a focus which can improve interpersonal relationships and increase self-esteem.


Consultation differs from therapy in that it offers a platform to address general issues from a behavioral health perspective. Individuals seeking consultation or counseling services are often interested in short-term, solution focused guidance to work through a personal, employment or academic-related issues.

A consultation provides a safe place to talk with a mental health professional about whatever concerns you may be experiencing regarding yourself or your loved ones.

It allows you the opportunity to explore problems, maybe learn some new skills (ex. communication, parenting), and get some advice about moving your life toward increased satisfaction and emotional wellbeing.

For example, you may need support while advocating for a child with learning differences, assistance managing a stressful work environment or need guidance and referrals for a family member in crisis. 

An accurate assessment of the whole situation including personal history and present circumstances is an important initial step. Based on this assessment, we offer strategies, tools and facilitate collaboration with involved parties.

Examples of Common Consultation Areas
  • Guidance and support while advocating for a child with learning differences
  • Action plans or referrals for a family member who is abusing drugs or alcohol
  • Referrals for health care providers for medication or other treatments and therapies
  • Strategies to manage an employment related concern
  • Conflict resolution (personal or employment)
  • Relationship concerns (with spouse, children, co-worker, etc.)
  • Parenting issues (defiant children, effective discipline techniques)
  • Collaboration with involved parties related to a psychoeducational or psychological assessment
  • Referrals for psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians or other medical doctors who can prescribe medication to help manage an emotional health or attention concern
  • Referrals for other therapist, such as occupational therapists or speech therapists, when indicated

Dr. Dohrenwend provides support and solution focused guidance during consultation sessions. Targeted strategies are often taught in order to more effectively work through challenging circumstances. These skills can be helpful as individuals progress through the often intense feelings associated with many stressful life circumstances. Consultation also often involves assistance with obtaining additional resources or collaborating with involved parties, such as medical professionals, school administrators, teachers, tutors or attorneys.