Therapy Services

Marital / Couples Therapy

I have sought extra training in relationship therapy through the Relational Life Institute, the Gottman Institute, and the Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP), among other programs. I once worked as a consultant in the couples’ communication workshops put on by the PREP program at the University of Denver, where this program was developed.  I find that couples can help one another with their individual growth, as well as improving their relationship.  For this reason, I ask each member of the couple to be open to working on his or her own issues that may be getting in the way of better relational behaviors and connection.

Family Therapy

When one member of the family is struggling with a difficult situation or destructive behavior or thought patterns, the entire family is affected. Conversely, the family often plays a role in or contributes to each member’s struggles and solutions to problems.  Just about all of us can point to maladaptive behavior and interactions in our families-of-origin.  Some of these we can effectively deal with or even laugh about, but sometimes problems in a family can be more difficult to overcome and can affect family members in more negative ways.  In family therapy sessions, I work with each member to understand their perspectives and feelings about what goes on in the family and help ach member to understand their effect on the rest of the family.  Sometimes, this alone is enough to create change in a family, and sometimes further intervention is needed.  I generally find that family members are able to interact with one another in therapy sessions in ways they have not been able to before, and this often creates change.

Individual Child/Adolescent Therapy

Despite parents’ attempts to understand, deal with, and help their children, the problems children and adolescents present can be difficult for parents to resolve or help their children to resolve. Sometimes, children and adolescents need a neutral person who is outside of their family and has some expertise in child/adolescent issues to help them.  Such therapy can involve play, artwork, or simply talking, while incorporating interventions or exploration designed to address the problems.

Individual Adult

Therapy with adults can involve exploration of the problem issue, the development of tools or new ways of managing symptoms or negative thoughts and behaviors, the implementation of interventions designed to address the root of the problem and create change, and the maintenance of new patterns and ways of functioning in the person’s life. The length of time a person is involved in therapy depends on the nature of the problem and how thoroughly he or she wishes to address their problems.  Dr. Bresnick takes a collaborative approach to working with her clients.  She discusses goals, expectations, and the issues to be the focus of therapy with each client.  These items can be reviewed and revised at any time, if the client chooses.

Divorce-Related Services

Reunification Therapy

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Parenting Plan Consultations

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Co-Parenting Consultations

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Parental Responsibilities Evaluations

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a parenting after divorce class for parents in high-conflict divorce

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Other Evaluative Services

Therapeutic Assessment (for therapy)

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Psychological Assessment (for legal purposes)

…such as parental responsibilities evaluations.

Theoretical Approaches


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Attachment Theory

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Family Systems

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