Dr. Farassat conducts individual, couples, and group psychotherapy.
Her areas of expertise, and interest are:
Relationship issues • Anxiety Disorders • Mood disorders, i.e. Depression, Bipolar, etc.• Substance Abuse and Recovering Addicts • Gay and Lesbian population • Individuals living with HIV • Survivors of trauma • Young adults struggling with identity crisis • Survivors of Childhood emotional and physical abuse
INDIVIDUAL - Individual therapy provides a safe and contained setting where the individual would have the opportunity to freely express all thoughts and emotions, and explore the intricate dynamics of his or her internal world. How these dynamics and perceptions contribute to his/her experiences in life become the main focus of the therapeutic dyad between the therapist and the client.
We perceive life through our own lenses; our perceptions have been determined by the experiences we've gained and have largely developed through our interactions with our care takers. We are inclined to be invested in a story or stories about ourselves, and have the compulsion to repeat these stories. These inclinations emerge in the course of therapy, where the therapist can use interventions to help the client gain insight, and therefore make the changes necessary towards a stronger, and richer life experience.
COUPLE - Interpersonal relationships are often impacted by the individual's sense of self-worth, early attachment styles(secure, anxious-preoccupied, dismissive-avoidant, and fearful-avoidant), communication abilities, empathy level, and tolerace for the others' imperfections. Depending on the comfort level of the individuals seeking change, all modes of psychotherapy (individual, couples, group) can be valuable venues to achieve this goals. Generally though, when one individual in a relationship makes changes, the dynamic of the whole relationship tends to change with it.
GROUP - Group therapy generally consists of 5 to 8 people who make a commitment to meet weekly. Each individual signs a contract agreeing to keep the identity of the members, and issues discussed in the group confidential.
There are different kinds of groups:
Self-help open groups, like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) run without a leader, and are not interactive, but are extremely effective in creating a support system, and a community to help individuals with a specific need. These groups are free, and open to anyone who wishes to overcome a specific problem.
Special interest time-limited groups, often have a theme like "adult survivors of abuse," or "Grief for the loss of a loved one," "women's group," etc. In these groups people who share very similar issues gather for support and working through of common struggles.
Groups that are ongoing, may or may not hava a special interest or theme. These groups work with whatever emerges in the session among the members, and about the members. These groups are often interpersonal, but also address issues based on the needs of any given member.
The two latter groups tend to be closed, and have a therapist as the group leader. New members usually enter when an old member leaves, and space opens up.
Groups are quite powerful mainly due to the fact that they provide a forum where individuals can not only share their issues, and explore them, but also get feedback from their peers about their issues, and their impact on the group members.
It is like a mini world, wherein one has the potential for receiving the most honest feedback from peers in a safe and confidential setting.
(For more information on groups please go to the "Events" icon on this website.)