Individual Therapy

Dr. Ayres provides individual therapy for adults using several evidence-based treatments such as Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). The nature of psychological services provided to you will depend on your needs. Your sessions with Dr. Ayres will be a collaborative effort as together we will work on your most important concerns. Below are some issues others have addressed in therapy. Limited evening and weekend appointments are available.

Frequent concerns:

  • Decreasing symptoms of depression and anxiety
  • Maternal Depression (pregnancy and postpartum)
  • PTSD
  • Eating disorders such as overeating, binge eating
  • Relationship challenges
  • Managing role transitions such as illness, marriage, pregnancy, college, workforce issues, aging, divorce, family changes, etc.
  • Increasing assertiveness in all realms of your life
  • Negotiating work relationships

About interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)

Dr. Ayres works with clients using several different well-studied and effective psychotherapy treatments. Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT) is a particular area of expertise and is useful in addressing many mental health concerns. This short-term therapy was originally developed by Klerman, Weissman, and colleagues (1984) for the treatment of major depression. It has since been adapted to treat bulimia, binge eating disorder, adolescent depression, depression with a medical condition (HIV), bipolar disorder, PTSD, and postpartum depression.

IPT is a useful approach for those undergoing role transitions including those who identify as transgender or gender nonconforming. In IPT distress/symptoms are related to an individual interpersonal problem area with the goal of reducing identified distress/symptoms and improving the quality of current interpersonal relationships.

Selected resources to learn more about IPT:

Consultation and Training

Dr. Ayres has given presentations at both the international and local levels on numerous mental health topics. Consultation and training are available in interpersonal psychotherapy and other select mental health topics for health professionals seeking to enhance their practices.

Individual training in interpersonal psychotherapy involves consultation on three individual therapy cases with weekly meetings to discuss progress and adherence to the IPT framework. Completion of an IPT overview seminar is a prerequisite. Must be independently licensed. Certification in IPT is available to those interested in pursing individual training.