There are almost as many ways to practice psychotherapy as there are practitioners in the field. Psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, cognitive/behavioral, and other approaches are all strategies to help you solve a problem, develop new skills, improve your relationships, and attain greater fulfillment with your life. The key to the process is a good working relationship between psychotherapist and patient. I have an eclectic approach to psychotherapy and utilize multiple modalities to help you achieve your goals. The following is a list of services I provide:
Short-term Treatment of eight or fewer sessions to address a single issue affecting you in the present – a problem that, with a little help, you will easily find a new way to manage and get back to your life.
Long-term Treatment to create meaningful change. Through an in-depth exploration of your current issues, relationships, physical symptoms, dreams, sex life, and feelings you will gain insight into the inner workings of your mind and learn a new perspective on how to handle your problems. An appreciation of your personal history will help you to address present concerns without getting stuck in the past.
Intensive Psychotherapy, attending sessions twice or more per week, offers more support to express all your feelings without concern for social convention. Sometimes conducted “on the couch,” intensive psychotherapy will allow you to say whatever comes to mind and discover aspects of yourself that may be outside your conscious awareness.
Group Therapy provides you the opportunity to give and receive peer support and feedback in a setting unlike any other. The group is a source of mutual aid and challenge and provides a sense of “universality” that you are not alone with your problems. Therapy groups have been referred to as “social microcosms” where patterns of relating that occur in the outside world get repeated in a supportive environment.
Couples Counseling to learn new ways to talk and listen to each other. Couples often come to counseling to break repetitive patterns of relating or to adapt to changes (both positive and negative) that have been impacting the relationship. Through skill building exercises during the session and take home assignments you will develop tools to improve your communication, enhance intimacy, and resolve conflicts. The psychotherapeutic setting is a neutral environment where both partners receive support, share personal feelings, gain understanding and empathy, and deepen their appreciation for one another.
As a professor of clinical practice with individuals, families and groups I teach my students to appreciate both the science and the art of psychotherapy – to create a professional environment for playful exploration.