In my practice, I see adults for:
- individual psychodynamic psychotherapy, short-term or long-term
- psychoanalysis (a longer, more intensive form of psychodynamic psychotherapy)
- couples therapy
- consultation for acute problems or crises, especially those related to medical illness
- supervision of the practices of mental health professionals, brief or ongoing
The length of therapy varies according to your unique needs. Initially and throughout treatment we will discuss your progress and goals. Some problems can be addressed in a relatively shorter time. Others benefit from more prolonged periods of therapy.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a process of gaining emotional awareness in order to make better choices and feel more vital and engaged. It addresses long-term patterns of feeling, thought, and action because it views these patterns as part of life’s current and ongoing difficulties. The terms “psychodynamic” and “psychoanalytic” are used interchangeably to refer to “talk” or “insight” therapy. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is usually conducted on a regularly scheduled weekly basis and is appropriate for many kinds of difficulties in life. Individuals as well as couples can benefit from the psychoanalytic thought that contributes to psychodynamic psychotherapy.
How can this type of therapy benefit you?
Research shows that psychodynamic psychotherapy is highly effective. It brings lasting benefits by facilitating self-knowledge and emotional expression. It focuses on the therapy relationship to explore interpersonal themes and patterns.
The goal of psychodynamic psychotherapy is not only to lessen your symptoms but also to help you lead a more fulfilling, enjoyable, and healthy life.
As a result of psychodynamic psychotherapy you may:
- feel less depressed and anxious
- resolve conflicts within yourself or with others
- experience your emotions more completely
- improve communication skills
- manage stress better
The benefits of psychodynamic psychotherapy may help you:
- feel more energized
- feel more confident
- improve your life-work balance
- enhance creativity and release energy for meaningful pursuits
- have more fun in life
- improve your health and well-being
- navigate life transitions successfully
- enrich your life in love, work, and play
What can you expect as a resolution using this type of therapy?
Psychodynamic psychotherapy benefits you not only by decreasing your symptoms but also by increasing your ability to:
- recognize, tolerate and put words to the full range of your emotions
- understand recurring themes from early experience with attachment figures
- foster inner resources for a more authentic, free, and joyful life
Psychoanalysis is a more intensive form of psychotherapy, usually with more frequent meetings and possibly lasting for a longer period of time. There is no rule regarding how long any therapy should last, and goals may shift during the course of treatment such that therapy is extended. Psychoanalysis is a depth psychology sought by those with a profound need or desire to know their deepest selves. It sometimes evolves from psychotherapy.
Psychoanalysis has evolved over time into a range of approaches. As a psychoanalyst working today my style can be described as “relational” or “intersubjective.” However, I appreciate many thinkers and writers in the field and do not adhere to a single ideology or school of thought. Read more about My Approach and Influences.
Consultation may be appropriate for acute problems or crises, such as sudden changes at work or home, or a diagnosis of a medical condition. My background in psycho-oncology has led to many consultations about cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Short-term consultation should continue at least until you experience some resolution and relief. At times, it may extend beyond crisis resolution to explore ongoing patterns that have emerged. Identifying the right form of treatment is a collaborative decision and part of the initial phase of our work.
Supervision for mental health practitioners has been a part of my practice for many years. I have supervised psychology residents, psychologists, social workers, counselors, and psychoanalysts. I enjoy the process of supervision and see it as a means of helping the practitioner find his or her own voice and style. As a supervisor I am practical and respectful of multiple points of view. I am available for brief or ongoing supervision of private practice psychotherapy. Please contact me to discuss your questions and needs.