Welcome to Syrona!
Hello – We are Dr. Kelly and Dr. Mruz.
As Psychologists in private practice for over 10 years, we initially started Syrona in order to better help our clients.
So many times, the one hour session was just NOT ENOUGH TIME to get to the important parts of our client’s story that we needed to explore. Too often, found ourselves saying, “Sorry, but we have to continue this next week”. Grrrrr. For our clients, and for us, this was frustrating and unfulfilling, to say the least.
- How often have you had to end your therapy session just when the session was getting somewhere?
As new therapists, we never really questioned the traditional, one hour time format of the typical outpatient therapy practice. And, within that one hour time slot, we still made progress and helped a lot of clients. However, as we developed our skills, learned more, and gained more experience, we found ourselves frustrated by not being able to DO more for our clients. To do the deeper, more in-depth, therapy work many of our clients needed. We knew we could not do this work safely or responsibly in just ONE HOUR. Or, even two hours.
So, we started experimenting with offering our clients half-and full day options. These “mini-intensives” were immediately popular. We got asked to do them more and more. In doing so, we came to realize that there was no theoretical/scientific reason for doing therapy in only one hour. This time limitation is really based on the needs of the insurance industry. And it has been a hold over from traditional psychoanalysis. What is interesting is that even psychoanalysis didn’t just have the ONE HOUR/per week. Clients in psychoanalysis often came between 3 and 5 days a week! So, there has never been a treatment rationale that indicated psychotherapy should be conducted only in weekly, one hour sessions.
Now, with new medical and scientific advances being made every day, the psychology profession is in a period of significant transition and change. Clinical research in the areas of neurobiology, emotions, cognition, behavior, and biology, among others, are providing fascinating and important insights into human functioning and motivation. For example, here is a (short) list of what we now know and understand more fully than just a few years ago:
- How emotions REALLY work.
- Just how closely the mind and body work together.
- How a person’s life experiences, depending on age, biology, and environment, shapes the development of our personality, our belief and value systems, and our motivations.
- Why some people can not stop doing things they KNOW they shouldn’t do… like addictions. Or overeating. Or OCD.
- We better understand anxiety. And depression.
- We recognize and understand the important differences between the impact of early, chronic, and severe trauma, and adult onset trauma, on a person’s personality, and their ability to cope and function.
Gone are the days of believing that just by changing your thinking, you can change deeply ingrained habits or ways of feeling, believing, and behaving. Going (hopefully) are the days of brief treatments for complex, life problems. In it’s place there are new and innovative treatments and therapy interventions being developed. And, these treatments are demonstrating real and lasting effects for many of the psychological challenges people face today .
Arriving on the scene today is a psychology profession that is developing clarity and respect for the way that our intellect, body, and emotions are interrelated. And, because of this new knowledge, the field of psychotherapy is changing. In many ways, for the better. This means, as therapists, we now know that to really help YOU find lasting relief from your painful symptoms (e.g., anxiety, depression, addictions, OCD and PTSD), we need to look at you as a whole human being – not just as someone with a “problem” to be fixed or solved. To do this, we need to explore all of your life experiences, and put them in a larger (and emotional) context. The very practice of pushing certain life experiences away, by “compartmentalizing” or intellectualizing them, is often the very reason symptoms develop in the first place! Staying busy and “not thinking” about things is not a bad strategy to use occasionally, but as a life plan – not very appealing. A distracted life isn’t really much of a life, is it?
So, here at Syrona, we are excited to be practicing psychology at this time in our profession. We are deeply appreciative of the opportunity to learn from the advances being made by dedicated and committed researchers. And most of all, we are proud to offer to YOU, our level of expertise and experience as you seek to find help for life’s difficult challenges.
Thank you for reading. If you are interested in speaking to us further, please contact us at:
Phone: (407) 542-0035