Therapies provided by formally trained psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic therapists have long been considered more in-depth forms of treatment aimed at helping people achieve deep and long-lasting changes so that they are able to reduce their suffering and live a more fulfilling life.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
My task as you or your child’s therapist is to stay connected to you – to your struggles, to your joy, to your pain, to your thoughts and hopes, and to our work together. I believe that in order to fully appreciate one’s experience, you must go with them, not stay on the edge of their experience evaluating or analyzing from afar. To this end, I view each therapeutic moment as an opportunity for something real and valuable to happen so that when the session ends, you can take what occurred in session and use it to better understand yourself and others.
I believe that the most centrally important theme in human life are the deeply engrained patterns of one’s relationships. These patterns are learned over time and are maintained within a relational context. We rely on them because they feel safe, familiar, and at some point in our life’s history they were connected to our survival. The power of an authentic and useful therapeutic relationship in one’s life is invaluable, as it can be a vehicle to enable safe exploration of difficult emotional terrain, and understand the patterns in your life that continue to have similar, and frustrating outcomes. Even more importantly, it offers a way out of these patterns–a way towards a more expansive life founded on satisfying and fulfilling relationships.
As we get to know one another and work together, I may recommend that we make changes to the frequency of our sessions to best make use of our time together. Meeting 4 or 5 times a week on a couch with a psychoanalyst is traditionally considered psychoanalysis. Psychoanalysis is a mode through which psychoanalysts help people achieve deep and long-lasting changes. Regardless of how often we meet or if we make use of the couch, it is the type of understanding that an analyst offers that tends to help when other therapies have not; there’s often a greater appreciation that human beings are embedded in a human world with a life history, not a collection of symptoms or problems of biology. Certain behaviors known as “symptoms” are ways we try to keep a sense of self alive and whole. They are indicators that we are struggling to maintain balance within ourselves and our relationships. The process of therapy can assist you in retaining that balance, and in finding freedom to respond to life with flexibility and compassion for yourself and others.
Child and Adolescent Treatment
In addition to adult therapy, I have extensive experience working with adolescents and children. Child therapy aims to provide a treatment environment that is warm and welcoming, that encourages imagination and self-expression, and that gives children a separate, safe, and supportive space for processing the sometimes powerful emotional and developmental struggles that they are facing. My treatment approach incorporates both verbal and nonverbal methods in order to give children a means to express the subtleties of their feelings, wishes, and needs – even when they don’t yet have the words for these. Therapy allows them to integrate their inner and outer worlds, and to communicate and cope with their experiences.
My treatment approach incorporates both verbal and nonverbal methods in order to give children a means to express the subtleties of their feelings, wishes, and needs – even when they don’t yet have the words for these. Therapy allows them to integrate their inner and outer worlds, and to communicate and cope with their experiences. Parental involvement is essential to the success of child and adolescent psychotherapy. As such, therapy includes regular communication between parents and the child’s psychologist to discuss ongoing concerns, areas of progress, and to provide the psychologist with invaluable feedback about their child.
If it seems that you and I might be a good fit, or if you have questions about my practice and the different treatments available to you or your child/teen, then please feel free to contact me.