I specialize in working with individuals who are interested in and committed to understanding themselves in deeper and more mindful ways. That said, no two therapies look alike. Across all of the therapeutic services that I offer, my work is grounded in psychoanalytic methods, which allows for some basic expectations about the process. At the beginning of therapy, mutually agreed upon goals are discussed, though they may shift over time. While much needed symptom relief often occurs early in treatment, other issues and feelings can arise that require further exploration and deeper understanding.
It is also important to note that most emotional problems begin in childhood and are reinforced across time. As a result, when we reach adulthood, we tend to attach ourselves to certain narratives about relationships and the world around us, despite how ineffective this may be. Therapy helps unravel this chaos and confusion to make space for growth, better life choices and feeling more comfortable in our own skin.
INDIVIDUAL PSYCHODYNAMIC PSYCHOTHERAPY
Individuals, Couples, Adolescents & Teletherapy
The experience of therapy can be a rewarding process, however, it also requires exploration of painful experiences and confrontation of maladaptive behaviors. Therapy is not always a linear process. Patients will often feel an initial sense of relief, but as therapy continues, other issues may arise as underlying conflicts are worked through. Patients should know that their willingness to stick it through and their openness to the overall process is essential in order for ultimate progress to occur.
INTENSIVE PSYCHOANALYTIC PSYCHOTHERAPY
This service is offered based on the classic psychoanalytic theory that people are often unaware of what contributes to their feelings and behaviors. Psychoanalytic work is anchored in the belief that the unconscious exists and can motivate our thoughts and feelings, thus driving problematic behavior. Understanding the dynamics of the unconscious can yield unparalleled insight as well as a life less burdened by the past. This work can move a person beyond intellectual comprehension of their difficulties to a deeper emotional understanding of what has transpired in their life.
Intensive psychoanalytic psychotherapy requires both frequency and consistency to be successful and is offered to the patient 2-4 days per week. This structure lends itself to the patient gaining insight through exploration of dreams, fantasies, blocked creativity, unacknowledged talents/capacities and investigation of old relationship patterns. This exploration occurs alongside the experience of the relationship with the psychologist that leads to decreased symptoms and long lasting change. This work can be rigorous and requires a significant time commitment but many find it allows for greater freedom and balance in their life. Readiness for this work is ultimately determined through assessment, mutual discussion and exploration between doctor and patient.
Individuals, Professionals, Relatives, Partners & Parents
At times, relatives, partners, parents and professionals are looking for feedback with regard to themselves, colleagues, children or other relationships. These needs may be vocational, professional, interpersonal or intrapersonal in nature. Additionally, one may simply need a bit of support and guidance through a difficult situation. These types of services are offered on a time limited basis and often include a short assessment process, supportive therapeutic interventions, referrals to other outside resources and short term strategies for managing difficult emotional responses and decision making. These sessions are geared toward the client's specific needs and goals.