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T. Scott Sewitch, Ph.D.

Dr. Sewitch received his B.A. in Psychology from Williams College, and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Connecticut.  He is a member of the American Psychological Association.  He sees adults and couples in the Avon office.

Dr. Sewitch has extensive experience providing marital/couples therapy as well as psychotherapy to adults with a wide range of psychological problems.  While the core of most treatment focuses on cognitive-behavioral techniques, he feels that the most satisfying outcomes flow from an effort to tailor the treatment strategy to the individual patient and their personal needs and goals.

Areas of psychotherapy treatment

Life stress/Stress management – A variety of relaxation techniques, such as controlled breathing, muscle relaxation, and guided imagery are taught to reduce the stress response.  Cognitive therapy  techniques also help the individual reduce the thoughts and attitudes which tend to increase stress.  Biofeedback can also be used to guide and reinforce the relaxtion response.

Anxiety and Depression – Cognitive and behavioral therapy strategies are used to modify the patterns of thought and behavior which can cause or exacerbate feelings of anxiety and depression.  When appropriate, exploratory or psychodynamic therapeutic techniques can help an individual understand and move beyond early life experiences which may be hindering therapeutic progress.

Couples/Marital Counseling or Therapy – Cognitive and behavioral techniques are used to improve the quality of relationships.  Couples learn more useful and satisfying ways of dealing with conflict and being in a relationship.  Dr. Sewitch is also a co-founder and –developer of the True Partnership Marriage Program which uses these principles and skills to help prospective marriage partners develop happy and lasting marriages.

Sports Psychology – Cognitive-behavioral strategies are used to help athletes manage anxiety and maximize their sports performance, as well as their enjoyment of sport.

Chronic Pain and Illness – While we cannot propose that psychological techniques cure pain and illness, cognitive-behavioral techniques and emotionally supportive psychotherapy can often help patients manage their condition more effectively, improve function, and reduce suffering.

Pet therapy – While Dr. Sewitch does not provide formal pet therapy, he is usually accompanied to the office by one of his Golden Doodles, Willis and Joey.  Most patients say that they help to make the therapy experience a more relaxed and comfortable one.  The office staff is happy to babysit if a patient prefers not to have a dog in the office.

Areas of Evaluation

Dr. Sewitch conducts evaluations to assess the psychological effects Workers’ Compensation injuries, motor vehicle accidents, and other personal injuries.  He also provides Fitness for Duty evaluations.