I am trained in providing psychotherapy, and enjoy using my training to your benefit. I have experience in several forms of therapy, and am able to employ them to different degrees depending on the situation. I have particular training and interest in Short Term Intensive Psychodynamic Therapy. I also find a cognitive-behavioral approach useful in some situations. In addition I have training in hypnosis, though I do not practice hypnosis at this time. I do not practice traditional psychoanalysis.
Every therapist is different, and every therapist can modify his or her approach depending on a client’s situation. My job is to look at your mental situation with a fresh perspective, see what you cannot see, suspect what you do not suspect, and return this information to you in a way that you can use. In general, you will find that I am not a purely “supportive” therapist. While there is often great value in simply venting or getting things off your chest, this does not constitute psychotherapy (you can find a hair stylist who will listen to you vent for an hour, and give you a good haircut, at substantially lower cost.) In order to help you, I will most likely at times cause you to experience considerable anxiety, discomfort, and anger. However, I am also there to support and guide you through these experiences. And of course it is also my role to help you maintain your sanity through particularly stressful life events.
Although the process of therapy is complex and often confusing, it is not magic or mysterious. We know that our minds and thoughts are, at the most basic, an extremely complex system of shifting chemical patterns. We also know that these patterns can be changed through sensory experiences, including the experience of psychotherapy. This process can take many forms. The common element is that my words induce you to think and feel differently from the way you did before. Thinking differently literally changes the chemistry of your mind; over time, this can alter or undo patterns that have led to unhappiness, anxiety, and unwanted behaviors. Because of this, I do not see therapy as being inherently opposed to, or even different from, medication treatment.