Process Therapy

What is the basic perspective?

All of us humans are looking for a sense of fulfillment and well-being in our lives—that state where we are able to allow life energy to flow easily and without resistance. However, when negative events happen and we perceive we are broken, or not safe, most of us constrict our flow of well-being and perceive our experience as un-ease. We invite our clients to identify their psychological constrictions and release them, thus making room for the return to ease, awareness of life’s energy flow, and the experience of fulfillment in their lives.

What are the concepts with regard to relationships?

  • One’s relationship with Self is extended into his/her relationships with others.
  • Through our relationships with others, we figure out our relationship with ourselves.
  • Relationships are gifts for discovering ourselves as well as opportunities to celebrate ourselves with others.
  • Relationships become unfulfilling when we get stuck in our old injuries and issues, and then play them out onto others.
  • Relationships can be healed, developed, and nurtured as the individuals become more healed. As individuals become more fulfilled, so do the relationships they have.

What are some goals of therapy?

  • To invite clients to transcend, heal, and get beyond old and ineffective patterns of interaction that interfere with a fulfilling life.
  • To invite clients to expand their sense of well being by resolving life constrictions that have been restricting their life energy and flow of well-being.
  • To invite clients to learn and do their part in communicating, solving problems, and maintaining positive interactions.
  • To invite clients to discover their unproductive interactions within their relationship, and to practice new techniques that lead to more fulfillment within their interactions.

What happens in therapy?

Coming into a counseling session is much like going to the Exploratorium where all the exhibits are designed to help you discover yourself: what got you where you are today, what you can do to set yourself free, what you can do to change your life. At our institute these exhibits are often action-oriented; they invite you to go beyond the story, stay in the present moment, and keep the focus on yourself.

What do our therapists do?

Our counselors/therapists are much like guides employed to help you with your journey through your personal exploratorium. They are trained to respect, trust, and follow your process into and through your unresolved issues. They learn to transcend their own issues so they can be with you while remaining neutral, empathetic, and helpful in whatever situation arises, as you journey toward more awareness and fulfillment for yourself.

What is the evolution of process?

This process was developed in 1980 by Don and Carol Hadlock, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists. This model continues to evolve as we train counselors to become more effective in meeting the needs of their clients. The Process Therapy Institute was founded in 1982 to support the development and refinement of this model of therapy.

What is the Process Therapy Institute?

We are a non-profit, non-discriminatory, and charitable organization. We are incorporated as an educational institution and have been providing educational and counseling services to the community since 1972. We are a designated United Way agency.

Our mission statement

We provide opportunities for people to enhance their awareness of their relationships to self and others through counseling, psychotherapy, groups, personal and professional development classes, workshops and training.

What we do

We offer individual, child, couple, family, and group counseling to the public, as well as classes, workshops and lectures on a variety of topics. We are also a training Institute for licensed and pre-licensed psychotherapists. We provide practicums, internships, trainings, and continuing education classes to mental health professionals and educators.

Free Discovery Session

We provide a discovery session as part of our community service. There is no charge. In this session you can visit PTI and process your counseling needs with a staff member. It is our intent to help you connect with resources you might find beneficial in accomplishing your goals. The client coordinator will help you to clarify your needs and then direct you into a treatment environment that will suit those needs. PTI counseling programs will be presented, and if our services do not a fit for you, we will make referrals to other programs that might be beneficial.