How Psychotherapy Can Help
Sometimes we just have a vague sense that something isn’t quite right – a heightened sensitivity to others’ criticisms, a nagging anxiety about something we can’t identify, or mild feelings of depression. Other times we know where our problem lies – dissatisfaction in work, stagnation, or chaos in relationships – but we don’t know to work through these situations.
If you have not been able to create change and fulfillment in these areas on your own, therapy can provide an opportunity to explore, understand, and over come.
The Beginning. New patients are often unsure what to expect in the first few sessions, how to behave, what to say. There can be anxiety about starting a new process and opening up to someone you’re meeting for the first time. The initial sessions will be an opportunity for you and I to get a sense of each other and understand your reasons for seeking help. This process provides me with an opportunity to learn more about you, what crisis or other issue’s you’re facing, what you would like to achieve in treatment, and propose ways we can work together to reach those goals.
Psychoanalysis is a more in-depth form 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. Psychoanalysis usually involves meeting for 4 to 5 sessions per week and encourages patients to communicate as openly and freely as possible. I provide psychoanalysis under the supervision of a training psychoanalyst and can negotiate lower fees for such treatment. If the type of the therapies that I have described interests you, you might find the following video helpful: On Being a Patient.
Psychotherapy and psychoanalysis are a deeply personal relationship between you, the patient, and myself, the therapist. We will utilize our relationship as a lens through which to bring your challenges and opportunities into sharper focus. To this end, you will be encouraged to talk as openly as possible about your thoughts, feelings, and concerns, as they arise both within and outside of our work together. My task will be to remain curious and involved while helping you identify and expand patterns of thinking, feeling, and relating that may underlie your difficulties. Through our work together you will have the opportunity to understand yourself and others better, connect to those parts of yourself that may be blocked, undeveloped, or not functioning optimally, and develop new and more effective ways of coping with life’s challenges.
child & 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 incorporations 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 psychologoist with invaluable feedback about their child.