Depression & Anxiety
Frequently, symptoms of depression and anxiety can arise because past coping mechanisms no longer work. Learning about biological predispositions, gaining insight to the past, and attending to current stressors can help with mood disorders. Dr. Karaitis employs evidence-based treatments in her psychotherapy, which include cognitive behavioral techniques to alleviate immediate symptoms, and psychodynamic and family system theories to understand and address other significant vulnerabilities.
Relationships are the core ingredient to happiness. Introspection is critical to authentic relating. Giving yourself the space to gain insight and learning how to advocate for what you need in relationships can lead to a more fulfilling life. Individual, couple, and family therapies are some of the ways one can better relationships. Dr. Karaitis tries to help you envision and work on new ways of relating to important people in your life.
Trauma includes emotional, sexual and/or physical abuse. Trauma therapy involves several components. First, it is important to develop trust and a working alliance with a therapist. Next, by allowing traumatic memories to reveal themselves, one is able to grieve the loss trauma caused. Final stages of trauma work include understanding how the past impacts current functioning, and learning new ways of being.
Lisa is also a candidate of psychoanalytic study at the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute and offers psychoanalysis as a treatment that makes lifelong change.