Psychodynamic Therapists in Wilkinsburg, PA

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Bari Benjamin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified Verified
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
I strongly believe that people have the ability to make changes at any time in their lives. I have specialized training in step-family therapy and recognized they have different dynamics than intact families. I work with people who have depression, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, as well as those needing anger management skills.
I strongly believe that people have the ability to make changes at any time in their lives. I have specialized training in step-family therapy and recognized they have different dynamics than intact families. I work with people who have depression, anxiety disorders, relationship issues, as well as those needing anger management skills.
(412) 228-0503 View (412) 228-0503
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Adrienne Bernardina
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
I have experience working with individual adults, adolescents and children, couples and families. I provide a safe and comfortable environment in which you can explore your feelings and develop self-awareness of your perspectives and insight into your motives and fears. I help you with feelings of depression and anxiety due to relationship issues-between individuals or within a family, life changes or loss. Together we can uncover unresolved issues from past experiences or trauma which often impact present behaviors and feelings.
I have experience working with individual adults, adolescents and children, couples and families. I provide a safe and comfortable environment in which you can explore your feelings and develop self-awareness of your perspectives and insight into your motives and fears. I help you with feelings of depression and anxiety due to relationship issues-between individuals or within a family, life changes or loss. Together we can uncover unresolved issues from past experiences or trauma which often impact present behaviors and feelings.
(412) 228-0368 View (412) 228-0368
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Rachael D Rosen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, BCD
Verified Verified
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
I like working with college and graduate students. Individuals and couples who want to enhance their quality of life and will do the work and exploration that this journey may require. I am very engaging and will be active with you in the process. I have over forty years as a clinical Social Worker. I have a certification as a certified Sex Therapist and educator .(ASSECT) I work with new parents and families trying to become parents.
I like working with college and graduate students. Individuals and couples who want to enhance their quality of life and will do the work and exploration that this journey may require. I am very engaging and will be active with you in the process. I have over forty years as a clinical Social Worker. I have a certification as a certified Sex Therapist and educator .(ASSECT) I work with new parents and families trying to become parents.
(412) 253-4813 View (412) 253-4813
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Avis Moorehead, LCSW, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BA, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
Not accepting new clients
Are you ready for change? I am invested in helping you find the better you! I have over 20 years working with Adults, children and families. I work with all age groups whom are struggling with ADHD, Depression ,Anxiety, OCD, trauma, grief,, as well as anger management problems. I specialize with children and adolescents, ages 5 to 18. I am experienced in Play Therapy , Family therapy and anxiety . Treatment is individualized and goal oriented. I want people to grow, and gain confidence in life. As a wonderful addition I have a psychiatrist on board. His name is XiXi Wong.
Are you ready for change? I am invested in helping you find the better you! I have over 20 years working with Adults, children and families. I work with all age groups whom are struggling with ADHD, Depression ,Anxiety, OCD, trauma, grief,, as well as anger management problems. I specialize with children and adolescents, ages 5 to 18. I am experienced in Play Therapy , Family therapy and anxiety . Treatment is individualized and goal oriented. I want people to grow, and gain confidence in life. As a wonderful addition I have a psychiatrist on board. His name is XiXi Wong.
(412) 387-5036 View (412) 387-5036
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Matt Wilson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Wilkinsburg, PA 15221
Not accepting new clients
I help people who are confused by their emotions to develop a sense of control and safety in exploring their thoughts, memories and feelings. I work with people who have experienced sexual/physical/emotional abuse in childhood, or assault in adulthood, community violence, gender violence or incarceration; and who find it hard to control anger, sadness, mood swings, stress, to trust themselves, others or have close relationships. I believe that honest, compassionate discussion lets you approach what you might want to ignore, but won’t go away; or explore what might not have space to be said with friends or family.
I help people who are confused by their emotions to develop a sense of control and safety in exploring their thoughts, memories and feelings. I work with people who have experienced sexual/physical/emotional abuse in childhood, or assault in adulthood, community violence, gender violence or incarceration; and who find it hard to control anger, sadness, mood swings, stress, to trust themselves, others or have close relationships. I believe that honest, compassionate discussion lets you approach what you might want to ignore, but won’t go away; or explore what might not have space to be said with friends or family.
(878) 225-5486 View (878) 225-5486

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Rebecca Williams
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
In my approach, I try and lead my clients to come to their own answers, unearthing solutions and insight that they hold within themselves. My direct approach can often be funny, though empathetic; lighthearted, though deeply emotional. Typically, I find that clients benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Motivational Interviewing to solve current issues, and can utilize Psychodynamic approaches to delve into more deep rooted issues. In helping clients tell their own story through therapy, I've been able guide clients through finding their own solutions when motivated for change.
In my approach, I try and lead my clients to come to their own answers, unearthing solutions and insight that they hold within themselves. My direct approach can often be funny, though empathetic; lighthearted, though deeply emotional. Typically, I find that clients benefit from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, as well as Motivational Interviewing to solve current issues, and can utilize Psychodynamic approaches to delve into more deep rooted issues. In helping clients tell their own story through therapy, I've been able guide clients through finding their own solutions when motivated for change.
(412) 785-2664 View (412) 785-2664
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Carole Joan Honeychurch
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NBCC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15208
I work with a variety of modalities, including psychodynamic, person-centered therapy and more symptom-focused modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
People seek therapy when they are in pain. This pain may show up as anxiety, depression, loneliness, compulsive behaviors, addiction or a combination of these. My job as your therapist is to meet you where you are and to understand your experience, your pain, and to help you move forward. The goal is to create a collaboration in which you have the support and safety to begin to challenge thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that may be holding you back and causing suffering. I will guide you in this work with warmth, humor, respect, and acceptance.
I work with a variety of modalities, including psychodynamic, person-centered therapy and more symptom-focused modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
People seek therapy when they are in pain. This pain may show up as anxiety, depression, loneliness, compulsive behaviors, addiction or a combination of these. My job as your therapist is to meet you where you are and to understand your experience, your pain, and to help you move forward. The goal is to create a collaboration in which you have the support and safety to begin to challenge thoughts, beliefs, and behaviors that may be holding you back and causing suffering. I will guide you in this work with warmth, humor, respect, and acceptance.
(412) 275-4853 View (412) 275-4853
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Betsy (Elizabeth) Samson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
My integrative approach to therapy incorporates psychodynamic, person-centered, existential, and cognitive-behavioral traditions.
I believe meaningful change occurs when people are given the space and support to consider new ways of relating to themselves and their experiences. As a licensed clinical psychologist, my goal is to offer that space and support so that the process of psychotherapy can be as useful to you as possible.
My integrative approach to therapy incorporates psychodynamic, person-centered, existential, and cognitive-behavioral traditions.
I believe meaningful change occurs when people are given the space and support to consider new ways of relating to themselves and their experiences. As a licensed clinical psychologist, my goal is to offer that space and support so that the process of psychotherapy can be as useful to you as possible.
(412) 998-8594 View (412) 998-8594
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Dr. Ann C Barrows
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15206  (Online Only)
I am a clinical psychologist who practices psychodynamic psychotherapy with older adolescents, young adults, and adults.
I am a clinical psychologist who practices psychodynamic psychotherapy with older adolescents, young adults, and adults.
(412) 440-5501 View (412) 440-5501
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Megan Dufford
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Squirrel Hill, PA 15217  (Online Only)
Many find psychotherapy useful as a space to explore stressors and difficulties, learn new ways to cope with hardships, and ultimately make changes to enhance quality of life. I remain focused on providing support to each client and incorporate techniques aimed to alleviate distress, foster resilience, and help one move closer to achieving their goals. I utilize an integrative approach including person-centered, supportive, CBT, and/or psychodynamic techniques, always tailoring my style to meet each client's unique needs.
Many find psychotherapy useful as a space to explore stressors and difficulties, learn new ways to cope with hardships, and ultimately make changes to enhance quality of life. I remain focused on providing support to each client and incorporate techniques aimed to alleviate distress, foster resilience, and help one move closer to achieving their goals. I utilize an integrative approach including person-centered, supportive, CBT, and/or psychodynamic techniques, always tailoring my style to meet each client's unique needs.
(412) 253-7125 View (412) 253-7125
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Ann Adams
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MPH, LCSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
As a psychodynamic, trauma-focused therapist, I can help you process past experiences in a safe environment - working with you to calm the unwanted noise that is anxiety. I can also help you address and resolve the depression that too often obscures our truest selves. Perhaps you’ve experienced a major upheaval or maybe you’re grappling with more subtle, disruptive changes to your day-to-day functioning. Either way, such shifts can be destabilizing, causing us to question core beliefs and ask: Am I even on the right path? New traumas may unfold, and older ones may awaken but we still have a very real need to feel grounded.
As a psychodynamic, trauma-focused therapist, I can help you process past experiences in a safe environment - working with you to calm the unwanted noise that is anxiety. I can also help you address and resolve the depression that too often obscures our truest selves. Perhaps you’ve experienced a major upheaval or maybe you’re grappling with more subtle, disruptive changes to your day-to-day functioning. Either way, such shifts can be destabilizing, causing us to question core beliefs and ask: Am I even on the right path? New traumas may unfold, and older ones may awaken but we still have a very real need to feel grounded.
(412) 754-7890 View (412) 754-7890
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Jenny Lee
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, M Ed, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
I believe everyone deserves to live a life of authenticity, joy, and personal fulfillment. I am LGBTQ+-affirming, sex-positive, and strengths-focused. My therapeutic style is eclectic, and heavily influenced by attachment theory and contemporary psychodynamic theories, including narrative therapy and parts work. Together, we will explore how your identity, your relationships, the stories you tell yourself, and the stories you have been told about yourself interact with social and historical context to create the life you are living.
I believe everyone deserves to live a life of authenticity, joy, and personal fulfillment. I am LGBTQ+-affirming, sex-positive, and strengths-focused. My therapeutic style is eclectic, and heavily influenced by attachment theory and contemporary psychodynamic theories, including narrative therapy and parts work. Together, we will explore how your identity, your relationships, the stories you tell yourself, and the stories you have been told about yourself interact with social and historical context to create the life you are living.
(412) 838-3919 View (412) 838-3919
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Carrie Buckner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MDiv
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
A psychodynamic perspective in session means I will often look back at your past to see how it could be impacting your present.
I have primarily worked with clients regarding life transitions/adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, self-harm, LGBTQ exploration, interpersonal conflicts, family dynamics, spiritual/faith/religious concerns or abuse, and boundary setting. I enjoy clients who are seeking to better understand themselves and growing their confidence in who they are. Only after we have insight and awareness can we try to make meaningful changes. I enjoy explorative, open-minded depth work that is holistic and fulfilling for the client. I am trauma-informed and use an eclectic approach with a psychodynamic foundation.
A psychodynamic perspective in session means I will often look back at your past to see how it could be impacting your present.
I have primarily worked with clients regarding life transitions/adjustment disorders, depression, anxiety, trauma, grief/loss, self-harm, LGBTQ exploration, interpersonal conflicts, family dynamics, spiritual/faith/religious concerns or abuse, and boundary setting. I enjoy clients who are seeking to better understand themselves and growing their confidence in who they are. Only after we have insight and awareness can we try to make meaningful changes. I enjoy explorative, open-minded depth work that is holistic and fulfilling for the client. I am trauma-informed and use an eclectic approach with a psychodynamic foundation.
(412) 981-2331 View (412) 981-2331
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Tara Pannell
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, MDiv, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
I integrate several modalities including Psychodynamic Therapy, Body Oriented Psychotherapy, Mindfulness/Meditation, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Spiritual Counseling (no matter your religious/spiritual orientation).
I’m interested in working with clients who are in search of deep emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. You can expect our sessions together to consider your past, and to process the impact of those experiences on your present day life. Almost everyone is impacted by distressing or traumatic events that inevitably occur throughout a lifetime, so those experiences will be explored and processed, as well. Our work together will be a blended effort of focusing on what is important to you, and my curiosity and guidance throughout your process.
I integrate several modalities including Psychodynamic Therapy, Body Oriented Psychotherapy, Mindfulness/Meditation, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), and Spiritual Counseling (no matter your religious/spiritual orientation).
I’m interested in working with clients who are in search of deep emotional, mental, and spiritual healing. You can expect our sessions together to consider your past, and to process the impact of those experiences on your present day life. Almost everyone is impacted by distressing or traumatic events that inevitably occur throughout a lifetime, so those experiences will be explored and processed, as well. Our work together will be a blended effort of focusing on what is important to you, and my curiosity and guidance throughout your process.
(412) 927-4992 View (412) 927-4992
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James Bowen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LSW
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
I see therapy as a way of deepening relationship to purpose, land, bodies, and each other. I help people build capacity so they can show up in more meaningful ways in their relationships and the world.  I draw upon body-based (somatic) and insight-based (psychodynamic) therapies to help open up places where people are stuck, uncover what is held in the body and psyche, explore troubled aspects of the self, and create new possibilities.
I see therapy as a way of deepening relationship to purpose, land, bodies, and each other. I help people build capacity so they can show up in more meaningful ways in their relationships and the world.  I draw upon body-based (somatic) and insight-based (psychodynamic) therapies to help open up places where people are stuck, uncover what is held in the body and psyche, explore troubled aspects of the self, and create new possibilities.
(412) 501-2467 View (412) 501-2467
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Wisdom Within Counseling, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, MDiv, NCC, LPC
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15206
I can integrate other orientations, such as cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, psychodynamic, narrative, and EMDR.
I have years of experience working with clients struggling with grief, trauma, and depression. I am a member of ASERVIC, with many years of experience and extensive graduate study in religion and spirituality and can integrate values connected with a client's preferred religions and spiritual emphases into all therapeutic approaches. Clients facing life-transitions have greatly benefited from this focussed approach to wellness at every stage of life. I work well with adults of all ages. Older adults have often especially appreciated my counseling orientation. I am also fluent in Spanish and Italian.
I can integrate other orientations, such as cognitive-behavioral, person-centered, psychodynamic, narrative, and EMDR.
I have years of experience working with clients struggling with grief, trauma, and depression. I am a member of ASERVIC, with many years of experience and extensive graduate study in religion and spirituality and can integrate values connected with a client's preferred religions and spiritual emphases into all therapeutic approaches. Clients facing life-transitions have greatly benefited from this focussed approach to wellness at every stage of life. I work well with adults of all ages. Older adults have often especially appreciated my counseling orientation. I am also fluent in Spanish and Italian.
(412) 357-4197 View (412) 357-4197
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Roxanne E Kerstetter
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
I use a combination of psychodynamic, CBT, meditation, mindfulness, and EMDR therapy to help my clients achieve their goals.
As a therapist, it is my goal to create a safe and welcoming environment for individuals to explore any concerns they may be experiencing. My approach is tailored to each individual client, and I believe that a strong therapeutic alliance can provide a safe and healing space. It is important for me to explore my client's personal history and background to help them understand how it is currently affecting their present situation and how we can collaborate to improve it.
I use a combination of psychodynamic, CBT, meditation, mindfulness, and EMDR therapy to help my clients achieve their goals.
As a therapist, it is my goal to create a safe and welcoming environment for individuals to explore any concerns they may be experiencing. My approach is tailored to each individual client, and I believe that a strong therapeutic alliance can provide a safe and healing space. It is important for me to explore my client's personal history and background to help them understand how it is currently affecting their present situation and how we can collaborate to improve it.
(412) 615-3390 View (412) 615-3390
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Amy Commander
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW
Verified Verified
Pittsburgh, PA 15217  (Online Only)
The context of your experiences has shaped you in this complicated and profound world; how can we work together to find generative solutions for your life? How can I best support you in achieving your vision for healing? I use an eclectic approach of psychodynamic, harm reduction, systems-based perspectives, and emotionally- and relationally-focused therapy.
When we are able to shed feelings of shame and be vulnerable, we are able to dream, to embrace change as possible and then practice it. When we become aware of and in tune with our emotions—one of the many things that institutional injustices make more difficult—we learn about ourselves, our capacities, and our needs. We can then set boundaries and improve our relationships. We are then able to help ourselves with clear intent and invite our communities to support us. Areas of practice include depression, anxiety, attachment wounds & styles, non-monogamy, codependency, sexuality and gender identities & issues, HIV, and self-worth.
The context of your experiences has shaped you in this complicated and profound world; how can we work together to find generative solutions for your life? How can I best support you in achieving your vision for healing? I use an eclectic approach of psychodynamic, harm reduction, systems-based perspectives, and emotionally- and relationally-focused therapy.
When we are able to shed feelings of shame and be vulnerable, we are able to dream, to embrace change as possible and then practice it. When we become aware of and in tune with our emotions—one of the many things that institutional injustices make more difficult—we learn about ourselves, our capacities, and our needs. We can then set boundaries and improve our relationships. We are then able to help ourselves with clear intent and invite our communities to support us. Areas of practice include depression, anxiety, attachment wounds & styles, non-monogamy, codependency, sexuality and gender identities & issues, HIV, and self-worth.
(412) 837-8142 View (412) 837-8142
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Neta Bar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217  (Online Only)
My training and orientation are mainly psychodynamic, but I utilize multiple theories and techniques, including mindfulness, family systems, as well as my background in cultural anthropology.
Therapy is enabled by a safe and supportive space, which makes the exploration of the past and the present possible. In therapy, we reach insights, identify patterns, and process life’s transitions and relationships. I work with adults and couples who feel that the challenges they face are unnecessarily burdened by their past and unresolved experiences and relationships, and with those who seek to better understand themselves, their difficulties, their connections — and wish to work towards positive change.
My training and orientation are mainly psychodynamic, but I utilize multiple theories and techniques, including mindfulness, family systems, as well as my background in cultural anthropology.
Therapy is enabled by a safe and supportive space, which makes the exploration of the past and the present possible. In therapy, we reach insights, identify patterns, and process life’s transitions and relationships. I work with adults and couples who feel that the challenges they face are unnecessarily burdened by their past and unresolved experiences and relationships, and with those who seek to better understand themselves, their difficulties, their connections — and wish to work towards positive change.
(878) 313-2271 View (878) 313-2271
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Tara Morse
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
10 Endorsed
Pittsburgh, PA 15217  (Online Only)
I utilize a thoughtful, individualized and eclectic approach with clients, drawing on elements of psychodynamic, interpersonal and cognitive behavioral theories.
I truly believe that people have the capacity to change, grow, and achieve their full potential within the context of a supportive environment. This belief fuels my work as a therapist. I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and received my Masters in Social Work from New York University. I have experience working with an array of identified problem areas including, but not limited to, anxiety, mood disorders, substance abuse, eating/body image, postpartum depression, self esteem and life/developmental transitions.
I utilize a thoughtful, individualized and eclectic approach with clients, drawing on elements of psychodynamic, interpersonal and cognitive behavioral theories.
I truly believe that people have the capacity to change, grow, and achieve their full potential within the context of a supportive environment. This belief fuels my work as a therapist. I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Pittsburgh and received my Masters in Social Work from New York University. I have experience working with an array of identified problem areas including, but not limited to, anxiety, mood disorders, substance abuse, eating/body image, postpartum depression, self esteem and life/developmental transitions.
(412) 515-3931 View (412) 515-3931

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Psychodynamic Therapists

Is psychodynamic therapy evidence-based?

Studies have found psychodynamic therapy to be effective in treating conditions like social anxiety, eating disorders, chronic pain, some personality disorders, and depression; indeed, some studies have found it to be just as effective as CBT or medication. What’s more, several studies have found that the benefits of psychodynamic therapy tend to endure—even grow—long after treatment has ended.

How long does psychodynamic therapy last?

Unlike CBT and other more structured forms of therapy, psychodynamic therapy tends to be open-ended and may not be limited to a set number of sessions. It is common for clients to be in therapy for a year or longer and to see their therapist one to three times a week, though the exact schedule and timeline may vary depending on a client’s challenges and progress. However, brief psychodynamic therapy is available, which tends to be more goal-oriented and typically unfolds over 16 to 30 sessions.

Does psychodynamic therapy work?

Research finds that psychodynamic therapy can help someone manage or reduce symptoms of diagnosable mental health conditions like depression or anxiety. The modality may also offer a range of benefits that are harder to measure but just as valuable—such as increased self-worth or healthier relationships. While no therapy type will work for everyone, research and anecdotal evidence suggest that psychodynamic therapy can be highly effective.

What are the limitations of psychodynamic therapy?

Some meta-analyses have concluded that there is little evidence to suggest that psychodynamic therapy can effectively treat certain mental health conditions such as PTSD, OCD, or psychosis, though it is sometimes used to do so. More broadly, the open-ended, free-association structure of psychodynamic therapy may be frustrating for clients who prefer a more structured, time-limited, or goal-oriented approach.