Ask a Therapist: What is Psychological Assessment Anyway?

At the Catalyst Center we practice Collaborative/Therapeutic Assessment, a well-researched, individualized approach to assessment that has been shown to be beneficial to those who participate in it. We use assessment as an opportunity for brief treatment geared towards answering your questions and planning your next steps towards living the life you desire. Check out this weekly series highlighting The Catalyst Center's approach to assessment and what types of testing we can do for you.

Therapy Isn't Just for Major Problems.

Is therapy just for severe problems?  Not at all!

  • It can be a very cool experience and often valuable gift to give yourself by having an hour each week to talk about what's going on in your world. This is an hour where a neutral person, who you likely won't otherwise see in daily life, will give you undivided attention and support.
  • Having a therapist all to yourself and having an hour a week to work on you can help you to become a better employee, partner, friend, athlete, or simply a better human being.

Ask a Therapist: How Can New Fathers Manage the Exhaustion of Parenting?

Our children will only get the best of us if we ensure we have our best to give. If you have ever been on an airplane, you might have heard instructions on what to do if the cabin pressure changes, which requires everyone to wear oxygen masks. Flight attendants instruct parents to put THEIR OWN mask on first prior to assisting children. Why would we choose to help ourselves first in such a situation? Because if we pass out from lack of oxygen before we finish helping our children, who will be available to them in a time of need? 

Ask a Therapist: What's a Great Book For Couples?

I just finished re-reading what I consider to be some of the best information about couples and relationships out there, Dr. Susan Johnson’s “Hold Me Tight: Conversations for a Lifetime of Love” (2008). Dr. Johnson is the founder of Emotionally-Focused Couples Therapy and her book explores the attachment principles behind human connection, specifically within intimate partnerships. For many people, this book serves as a complete reframe of conflict within couples.

Ask a Therapist: "What is the Difference Between Being Shy and Being Introverted?"

People use the term "shy" all the time to describe those of us who prefer being on our own or in small groups, but they may be missing the point. In this Ask a Therapist article, Dr. Courtney Klein, a psychologist who works with people who are ready to build stronger relationships, explains the difference between being shy and being introverted, and how to celebrate who you are.