Four Types of Therapy

THOMAS N. DORSEL, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychologist
Individual & Family Psychotherapy

Appointments:
By personal arrangement

SC License #392

Telephone:
(843) 618-4653

        The clinical psychology practice of Dr. Tom Dorsel involves four approaches to therapy which are briefly described below.  These therapies can be used separately or in combination with each other.  The important thing is that a therapeutic plan is agreed upon, because therapy will proceed most effectively when both client and therapist are working together toward the same objective.

        (1)  Basic Psychological-skills Training is an important foundation for many people which can help considerably in resolving problems in living.  I would venture to say that 99% of the population could benefit from assistance with one or more of the following: (a) responsibility, (b) stress management, and/or (c) assertiveness.  An introduction to these matters can be done fairly quickly.  Truly learning them will take some practice.  But any effort here is well worth it, because these skills can literally change your life.

        (2)  Brief Therapy is appropriate for those suffering from depression or anxiety, or for those seeking to change specific troublesome behaviors.  It works well where goals can be set and some structured plans can be made to quickly resolve problems.  "Homework" is often involved and can be useful in speeding up therapy and in extending the benefits of the therapeutic hour throughout the week.

        (3)  Longer-term Existential Therapy is for those who are dissatisfied with the general direction of their lives --- those who are serious about making major changes in their way of living.  It is particularly appropriate for unhappy people who are merely surviving, getting by, living a life that is less than they expected.  It is meant to get clients more in touch with themselves, and intended to move them to a new level of happiness and effectiveness in living.

        (4)  Couples/Family Therapy primarily involves helping couples and families resolve their differences with the help of an objective listener and "coach."  Facilitating communication among couple/family members is central to this type of therapy.  While sessions with individual members is sometimes appropriate, members of the couple/family are usually seen together.


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