Individual Therapy

At the Cadenza Center, we believe that the most important factor determining progress is the relationship our clients' create with their therapist. We view the work we do with our clients as a mutual journey; one wherein the path of treatment is determined together. Our therapists typically work from several psychological frameworks including: Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, and Systems Theory. For these reasons, we make every effort to match new clients with the most appropriate therapist. Our staff will gather basic information from you when you initially call the office to obtain a general idea of what needs to be addressed in therapy. Then, by considering a number of factors such as presenting problem, requested service, therapist specialty, gender of therapist (if requested), and insurance (as is necessary), our Director, Dr. Michelle Hintz, will make a recommendation for a therapist.

Our therapists work with individuals as young as 18 months through adulthood. Therefore, individual treatment takes many forms - including non-directive play experiences, structured psychoeducational experiences, creative experiences using the arts, direct problem-solving and dialogue. However, regardless of the method of intervention, we strive to provide the most meaningful and effective clinical interventions to address client needs. Sessions are usually held on a weekly basis for 50-60 minutes over a period of a few weeks to several months. Therapy typically takes place in our play room or a treatment room that is designed to be 'kid-friendly' and allow for movement, throwing things, and making noise.

Our clinicians work with young children who show developmental delays (speech delay, autism, central auditory processing disorders, Downs syndrome), behavioral problems (ADHD, impulsive, defiant, oppositional), and emotional issues (depressed, anxious, obsessive, shy, selective mutism). We believe that working with young children requires the active involvement of parents and caregivers. As such, there are usually practical suggestions to share, behavioral charts to create and manage, and responses to interventions that need to be discussed. Because parents are an integral and necessary part of treatment, our therapists make it standard practice to talk briefly with parents at the end of each session (especially when parents are not actually in the therapy session). Typically after a few months of individual sessions, your therapist may request a dedicated session with parents to discuss treatment progress, share updates, and determine on-going direction for therapy.

Individual therapy with adults typically is done in a relaxed atmosphere with a comfortable, living-room type room. Clients have dialogues with their therapist about their concern, building coping strategies, and effectiveness of their efforts to affect the positive changes they seek. Therapists at the Cadenza Center are experienced in treating a number of clinical issues including (but not limited to):

  • Mood Disorder - Depression, Anxiety
  • Personality Disorders
  • Relationship Issues
  • Eating Disorders
  • Stress Disorders
  • Anger Management Issues
  • Substance Abuse and Chemical Dependency Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Grief and Loss Issues
  • Adjustment Problems
  • Divorce and Separation
  • Gender and Sexual Issues
  • Performance and Test Anxiety

Because individuals live within systems such as families, work settings, school settings, and friendships, it is not uncommon that individuals who come to therapy invite other persons to their sessions. For example, a woman may invite her fiancee to the session or a college student may invite a roommate. By including others in treatment, there is opportunity for sharing perspective, practicing newly acquired communication skills, and dynamic problem-solving.



Please call our office to discuss you individual needs and find the right therapist for you.