Psychotherapy

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About Therapy

Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between an individual and a psychotherapist. Grounded in dialogue, it provides a supportive place that allows one to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral and nonjudgmental. I believe that one of the most effective factors in psychotherapy is empathy- that is, having a compassionate listener. In addition, trust and a good fit between the working pair is important.

There are many forms of therapy, many of which are helpful and useful at different times for the same person. I ascribe to an eclectic model of therapy, mixing different approaches based on the different situations. In general, I function as a psychodynamic psychotherapist, helping one gain insight into their role in their own problems. However, if I am helping someone with medication, I still act as a therapist but I may use supportive therapy, not addressing deeper issues, because we do not have time. I have been know to use behavioral therapy, and even assign homework. If someone is coming more regularly, I will work more aggressively when appropriate, using other interventions like clarification and confrontation to help someone understand their own role in their difficulty.

In general, I prioritize an Object Relations theory, which puts an emphasis on ways in which we might love or even hate people in our lives. I am also interested in connecting the patient’s past, current life, and experience with me in interesting ways to understand how old patterns interfere with changing oneself or one’s perspectives.

Tips on using therapy as adapted from the American Psychological Association.

“The attitude of the psychotherapist is infinitely more important than the theories and methods of psychotherapy.” Carl Gustav Jung