A crisis in one’s life can be an opportunity for change and growth. When life challenges present themselves, it’s natural to desire an objective person to confide in and sort things out. A trusting one-on-one relationship with a therapist can be a comfortable place to explore uncomfortable issues. Within the context of individual therapy, clients explore their thoughts and feelings, and they begin to discover how their past informs their day-to-day life. With a combination of empathy, support, education and challenge, the therapist provides the client with the means to create desired change as well as a more meaningful and balanced life.
A relationship with a committed partner is among the most important of our lives. It can be a source of great joy and intimacy, and sometimes a source of pain and disconnection. An affair, parenting conflicts, substance abuse, a partner’s history of trauma or abuse, or the life transition of a child going to college are among the many issues that can contribute to difficulties between partners.
Couples can greatly benefit from the opportunity to sit together with a professional to help manage problems and improve communication. Learning new skills to understand one’s partner and oneself can breathe fresh air into a relationship and create more compassion and optimism. Many partners engage in couple’s therapy as a way to revitalize and enhance an already solid connection.
At TEMENOS, we welcome heterosexual and same sex couples.
Some family therapists have likened a family to a mobile. When one part of the mobile moves, the other parts move in response. Similarly, when one member of a family changes, other family members change in response. The goal of family therapy is to improve the balance and stability of the family system, while the role of the therapist is to attend to each part of the structure. A family’s resilience and support has a powerful ability to heal each member from pain and adversity.
When a family member, especially a child or adolescent, is symptomatic in some way, such as struggling with an eating disorder, substance abuse, school or behavioral problems, the child is often expressing through destructive actions something he or she cannot put into words. The family therapist will help the family “de-code” the message and find a way to use this information for the growth and development of the whole family.
Child and Adolescent Services
Young people today often struggle with a variety of worries and concerns, and yet can sometimes present these struggles in ways that are quite different from adults. Some youngsters may verbalize these stresses and their effects as clear complaints, and may be able to talk about these issues directly in therapy. For others, however, struggles related to school adjustment, social adjustment, or family stresses may present as “behavior problems.” Very often such behaviors are an indication of underlying anxiety or depression. Typical problems that may emerge include school/academic performance concerns, social worries, substance experimentation, or family tension and communication problems.
At TEMENOS, we can provide the resources necessary to help your family cope with concerns such as these. We have the specialized training and experience in child and adolescent evaluation and psychotherapy required to understand the many pressures young people face. Our goal is to work with youngsters within a supportive relationship that fosters open and honest communication. This relationship is the foundation of “mutual understanding” and, ultimately, problem solving.
Psychotherapy Groups and Support Groups
Psychotherapy groups and/or support groups offer a unique opportunity for participants to come together and share their challenges as well as their growth. Through community, group members can often recognize the struggles of others and gain insight into themselves. By sharing stories and hearing those of others, group members can recognize new opportunities for growth and recovery and decrease feelings of isolation and shame.
At TEMENOS, we offer a number of groups, including Body Image, Mindfulness and Stress Reduction, Yoga Techniques for Managing Anxiety and Depression, and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). See Upcoming Events or contact us at (856) 722-9043, ex. 9 for more information about current groups.
Professional training, consultation, & supervision for mental health professionals
The TEMENOS Center offers clinical training, consultation, and supervision to mental health professionals. We offer workshops and seminars on the treatment of addictions and eating disorders, psychodynamic psychotherapy, treating trauma and dual disorders, yoga and yoga therapy, mindfulness meditation, and other topics. Individual supervision to meet professional licensure requirements is also available.
See Upcoming Events or contact us at (856) 722-9043, ex. 9 for more information about upcoming workshops or trainings. We are happy to discuss offering trainings on a variety of topics to your agency or organization.
Psychological testing and evaluation
Forensic psychological evaluation
Child custody evaluation
Our psychologists provide psychological evaluations and testing for a variety of purposes including clinical consultations, disability evaluations, and forensic psychological evaluations and expert testimony for child custody and parental rights cases. Please contact Dr. Frank Schwoeri at (856) 722-9352 for further information.
Terry Hall, MA, LPC, offers Dance/Movement therapy at the TEMENOS Center. Recognized as one of six creative arts therapies, Dance/Movement therapy promotes a feeling of connection to oneself and others in rich and profound ways. Music, a physical warm-up, and loosely structured movement activities unite to encourage participants to discover and externalize their own dance of life “from the inside out.” Group members begin to understand “movement preferences” that may reflect specific ways a person uses to communicate with others. Learning more about these patterns may help the person understand the impact of their behaviors in relationships. In addition, trying different ways of moving help participants to develop alternative coping skills in order to adapt to life’s challenges in new ways.
Dance/movement therapy (D/MT) reconnects a person with their native language, encouraging connection with others and the development of a healthy body image. Sharing experiences and providing one another with support encourages participants to let go of unrealistic expectations, to accept themselves as they are and develop the courage and confidence to learn and grow.
Treatment for chronic pain
Frank Schwoeri, Ph.D., and Jane Fox, LCSW, both provide psychological treatment for patients with chronic pain, usually on referral from a patient’s physicians.
Chronic pain is a real phenomenon, not ‘all in your head.’ If your physician refers you to us for treatment for chronic pain, it’s because he/she recognizes that chronic pain can often be helped through psychological, non-medication based methods, either as an adjunct to, or instead of pain medication.
There are two ways in which we help people with chronic pain:
1) by teaching you methods of pain management which use psychological principles such as imagery and self-hypnosis to change the quality of the pain experience and give you a sense of control and
2) by addressing the psychological, emotional and stress-related factors which can worsen and maintain pain. Such methods include stress reduction training and psychotherapy. Anxiety, stress, and depression are especially important to address because they always make pain worse.
Usually we will use a combination of stress reduction techniques and psychotherapy to help improve your quality of life.
The Temenos center offers individual yoga therapy, and small-group therapeutic yoga services.
Yoga Therapy is a unique application of yoga in which the student/patient, working individually with the therapist, is given a custom-designed practice to address their particular needs. It is a CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine) approach, working with other healing modalities including traditional psychotherapy and/or medical treatments. Using movement, postures, sound, breath, visualization, and meditation, yoga therapy can help you:
- Improve mental, physical, and emotional well-being.
- Manage, reduce, or eliminate symptoms that cause suffering.
- Change your relationship to your condition, disorder, or illness.
Differences between yoga therapy and a regular yoga class:
- Yoga therapy offers you a personalized daily yoga practice to do at home; most students need only 4-6 classes over an initial 3-month period.
- Yoga therapy is all about you and your personal needs.
- The relationship with your yoga therapist is confidential.
- A yoga therapist has specialized training, well beyond the basic yoga teacher credential.
- Yoga therapy offers the full range of yoga practices, which may include postures and movement, but also may include sound, breath practice, visualization, and meditation.
Small-Group Therapeutic Yoga Services We also offer other programs and services incorporating yoga methods to enhance your life and promote well-being:
- Meditation classes (See also our separate section on Mindfulness Mediation on this website)
- Yoga for Addictions Recovery
- Vedic chanting workshops and groups
- Self-Care for Healthcare Professionals
- Yoga Nidra for stress reduction, anxiety, and PTSD. (See article on Yoga Nidra on this website)
At the TEMENOS Center, we invite our eating disordered clients to think of recovery as a two-pronged approach. Working with a therapist to understand the emotional underpinnings of an eating issue is critical to finding new ways of coping with the challenges of living a full and mindful life. Nutrition therapy offers an action piece of recovery by supporting clients in facing their fears of incorporating varied and sustaining nourishment. Our on-staff nutritionist, Flavia Herzog Liebel, MA, RD,LPN, specializes in eating disorder and sports nutrition, and brings a nuanced understanding of the emotional issues that drive disordered eating. She works closely with the therapist to coordinate treatment, and she has a way of making a potentially difficult and even frightening topic very accessible.
Stress Reduction and Meditation Classes for Individuals and Groups
About the Stress Reduction through Mindfulness Meditation Class
This class provides the tools to reduce stress in life’s crises, both large and small. One of the benefits of learning this powerful, healing practice in a group is that the teacher and students support each other in overcoming the challenge of developing a regular habit of meditation. The sessions are two hours long and meet for eight weeks. Each student receives a CD or MP3 file of Jane’s guided meditation with which to practice and a notebook with information and worksheets. The class material is adapted to the needs of the specific group. Here are some of the topics addressed in the class:
- Developing and maintaining self-compassion and loving-kindness
- The definitions of stress, mindfulness, and meditation
- How stress impacts the body and the fight/flight/freeze response
- Numerous ways to evoke the relaxation response in a variety of circumstances
- Mindfulness of the physical body: sleep, exercise, illness and pain
- Mindfulness of difficult emotions, disturbing thoughts, and relationships
- Mindfulness in everyday life, apart from formal meditation
- How to keep the practice going for the rest of one’s life
For more information, please contact Jane Fox at 856-722-9043, ext. 3 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stress Reduction for Individuals
Sometimes circumstances make it more practical to do an individual tutorial in mindfulness meditation. Students can learn the material at their own pace, suited to their own needs, as schedules allow. All the information and materials in the class are available for individuals. (See description of the class, above.)
For more information, please contact Jane Fox at 856-722-9043, ext. 3 or at email@example.com