therapyI provide individual, couples, family, and group therapy to those whose functioning and mental health is compromised, usually as the result of affect dysregulation, intrapersonal/interpersonal conflict, addiction, dual diagnosis, etc. Depression, anxiety, eating disorders, trauma, and substance abuse comprise the bulk of issues presented in my practice. Our first few sessions will involve an evaluation of your needs. I will then be able to offer you some first impressions of what our treatment work would include. You should evaluate this information along with your own opinions of whether you feel comfortable working with me. You should feel free to consult with another mental health professional for a second opinion.

Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the therapist and client and the particular problems brought forward. The therapy I provide is strongly influenced by a psychodynamic perspective and therefore works on addressing the underlying, often unconscious, issues that are manifesting as symptoms or problematic behavior. Specifically, I utilize an object relations approach to therapy, which helps clients gain insight into their internal world, their patterns of relating and attaching, and their use of psychological defense mechanisms. In addition, it is important to me to consider one’s neurophysiological influences when understanding and working towards resolution of problems and distress. Psychotherapy calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for therapy to be effective and successful, you will have to work on things that we talk about both during our sessions and at home.

Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, which may cause uncomfortable feelings like sadness, anger, guilt, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. It is not unusual to experience a period of increased emotional distress, as you will be exploring and addressing issues that you have previously worked hard to defend against. Successful psychotherapy has been shown to lead to better interpersonal relationships, solutions to specific problems, and an increased ability to regulate and tolerate states of emotional distress.