Costa Clinical Psychology

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Individual and Family Therapy
Therapy can address issues with a variety of potential diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, grief, physical pain and illness and others. Using the tenets of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing clients will discover the strength from within to manage the thoughts and feelings that interfere with their ability to enjoy a meaningful life. Family therapy focuses on identifying problems and strengths within the family dynamic with the goal to build a functional, less chaotic and joyful family.

Play Therapy

Initially developed in the turn of the 20th century, today play therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods, all applying the therapeutic benefits of play. Play therapy differs from regular play in that the therapist helps children to address and resolve their own problems. Play therapy builds on the natural way that children learn about themselves and their relationships in the world around them (Axline, 1947; Carmichael, 2006; Landreth, 2002). Through play therapy, children learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills, and learn a variety of ways of relating to others. Play provides a safe psychological distance from their problems and allows expression of thoughts and feelings appropriate to their development. Play is a fun, enjoyable activity that elevates our spirits and brightens our outlook on life. It expands self-expression, self-knowledge, self-actualization and self-efficacy. Play relieves feelings of stress and boredom, connects us to people in a positive way, stimulates creative thinking and exploration, regulates our emotions, and boosts our ego (Landreth, 2002). In addition, play allows us to practice skills and roles needed for survival. Learning and development are best fostered through play (Russ, 2004). (from www.a4pt.org)

Parent resource group

This group currently meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The group includes parents from within the practice and the community that would like support in raising their child with special needs. We watch videos from noted professionals, study specific topics of interest, problem solve school issues, brainstorm, and share our insanity with those that understand. Dr. Costa raised a son diagnosed with a number of diagnoses including Bipolar and Asperger's and can share her experience from multiple perspectives.


DBT skills training group


Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that was originally developed to treat chronically suicidal individuals diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and it is now recognized as the gold standard psychological treatment for this population. In addition, research has shown that it is effective in treating a wide range of other disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and eating disorders.

  1. DBT skills training group is focused on enhancing clients' capabilities by teaching them behavioral skills. The group is run like a class where the group leader teaches the skills and assigns homework for clients to practice using the skills in their everyday lives. Groups meet on a weekly basis for approximately 2.5 hours and it takes 24 weeks to get through the full skills curriculum, which is often repeated to create a 1-year program. Briefer schedules that teach only a subset of the skills have also been developed for particular populations and settings.(from www.behavioraltech.org)