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Individual Psychotherapy:
Individual psychotherapy is a one-to-one meeting with a therapist in which thoughts and feelings are expressed in such a way that individuals can develop and implement behavioral plans that will increase their life satisfaction.  Individuals may seek therapy for such concerns as depression, anxiety, stress, family problems, irritability, or anger control as well as many others.  Within a relationship with the therapist that can best be described as cooperative, the client is able to formulate and carry out plans to reach specific goals.

Family Therapy:
Family therapy is a form of therapy that involves most or all of the client’s family in treatment.  Because many difficulties involve or impact the entire family, working with the family to understand all the elements of the problem and to form possible solutions is an easily understood counseling format.  Many times family therapy may be included with individual therapy.

Play Therapy:
Many individuals are not able or do not feel comfortable to express their fears and concerns directly with words.  Typically children fall into this category, and for them play therapy is a necessary therapeutic model.  Play therapy allow the therapist to see the child’s concerns and skills as the child expresses them through play.  Activities such as playing board games, playing with action figures, playing in a sand box, and drawing are all common play therapy activities.  As the child plays, the therapist is able to understand and address a greater number of the child’s issues.  For a fuller understanding of play therapy, Virginia Axline’s book, Play Therapy, is an excellent start.

Substance Abuse Treatment:
Capital Area Psychological Services, P.A. (CAPSPA) is licensed to offer both a twenty-four and a forty hour treatment program.  This program consists of individual substance abuse counseling sessions and also group therapy sessions.  The therapy groups are open ended and individuals enter and graduate from the group according to their substance abuse treatment plan.  Substance Abuse Group Therapy employs the modalities of cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy and twelve step work.  Clients are also encouraged to participate in A.A. and N.A., as an adjunct to their participation in individual and group therapy sessions.  Individual therapy sessions are scheduled at the convenience of the client.  Group therapy sessions are for two hours, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm, twice per week.

Psychological Testing:
Psychological Testing is administered by a psychologist to gain information from a client that cannot be easily gained by simply talking with the person.  This information can then be used by the therapist or shared with parents, teachers, physicians, or to her professionals to aid the treatment process.  Testing can be conducted to gain information about cognitive abilities, academic achievement, personality functioning, vocational aims, and other helpful material.  For further information about psychological testing, you may consult the source “What Is... Psychological Testing” located on this website.

Substance Abuse Evaluations (D.W.I. Assessments):
The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles requires that anyone cited in the State of North Carolina for driving while impaired, either from alcohol or drugs, must submit to a substance abuse assessment, as well as a judicial hearing, before their driving privileges will be reinstated.  The purpose of this assessment is to identify a possible substance abuse handicap that could affect their safely operating a motor vehicle in the State of North Carolina.  The assessment consists of a clinical interview that examines an individual's pattern of substance use and its possible impact on the various domains of a person's life, as well as the completing of an approved, standardized substance abuse questionnaire.  The evaluation of the information reported is measured against the accepted criteria for substance abuse found in the DSM-IV and the guidelines promulgated by the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles.  The results of this evaluation are noted in a formal assessment letter which is reviewed with the client, and a copy of the letter is sent to their attorney.  The entire asssessment process takes about one hour.

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