My Approach to Helping
Dr. Arthur Chen, Psy.D is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice. He currently serves as an Associate Professor of Psychology and is the Primary Therapist for an Intensive Outpatient Treatment Program for eating disorders. Dr. Arthur has also presented and lectured at psychology conferences throughout the United States.
In therapy, Dr. Arthur's first goal is to understand why a person is struggling. Then, work with the patient to build resiliency and strength in adapting and overcoming life's challenges. He believes that therapy is an investment in one's own emotional development and happiness while finding a purpose or meaning in life. His driving ethos in therapy is to make therapy applicable to real-life situations and have palpable changes in the client's life. With this idea in mind, Dr. Arthur will help guide and challenge the client to develop into a stronger, more resilient, individual while respecting the client's pace. Therapy is very much about growing and changing, which often requires a period of discomfort. At each stage, Dr. Arthur works with the client to master that stage before moving on. This is especially true in social skills and self-confidence development.
Clinically, Dr. Arthur therapy is informed by different, but interrelated, evidence-based therapy models. He has received training and supervision in the Unified Protocol* for Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy, and Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). The Unified Protocol (UP )is a cutting edge Multi-modality treatment system that can be used to treat many common mental disorders like anxiety and depression. The UP has been widely researched and has been applied to a number of different mental health issues with success.
If you have any questions or hesitations about therapy, feel free to contact Dr. Arthur for a free phone or secure video consultation. There is no obligation to start therapy and the consultation is a great way to have your questions answered about what therapy is like, what you can expect, and for you to get a feel for what Dr. Arthur's therapy model is. He is available by phone most days of the week and will return any call or email within 24-48 hours. However, please remember, consultation requests should not be used for emergency or life-threatening situations. For those, dial 911 or go to your local ER.
More Info About My Practice
Dr. Arthur's practice is located just south of Mizner Park in Boca Raton Florida. The office has plenty of well-lit parking, including handicapped individuals. Sessions available in the day, evening, and weekend sessions. For your convenience and confidentiality of some clients, Dr. Chen offers both in-home and secure video sessions.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
There are many myths and general misconceptions when it comes to psychotherapy. The most prevalent is the idea that one has to have a mental health disorder in order to need to come into therapy. To start, there are three general purposes of therapy.
The first is to help a person excel and improve their already "good performance." You can think of this in strength or cardio training for an athlete. Athletes train, not because they are "out of shape," instead they train to improve upon their abilities and sharpen their skills. Therapy in this form is design to help a person improve stress management, emotional resilience, ability to have more moments of "peak performance," and a greater sense of satisfaction and happiness in life.
The second purpose of therapy is to reduce or mitigate problems in the early stages. These can be things like a loss of a loved one, a set back in one's career, or a major breakup. These situations, while universal to most people, can be the seed to additional struggles and hardships in life (i.e. loneliness, sense of inadequacy, etc...) and therapy is designed to help a person bounce back from these emotionally difficult situations. An analogy can be made to having a dental cavity that needs to be filled. Left untreated, the cavity can progress to something worse and getting help now for the cavity prevents further problems later.
The third purpose is the on-going treatment and maintenance of any issues or struggles. This is often the type of therapy people think of when thinking of psychotherapy. This type of therapy can take months, if not years, and often require a significant amount of time and energy. An analogy can be made to having high blood pressure or diabetes. In both cases, treatment and is minimize the effects will have on a person's life and prevent the issue from getting worse. In therapy, the goal is ultimately to try to prevent additional long term struggles from arising andor prevent any struggles from getting worse. In this stage, hope that things will change may be hard to maintain, but with treatment and effort, a person is often able to have a fulfilling and satisfying life.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
Dr. Arthur offers a free phone or text consultation and he encourages anyone who has questions about therapy or himself to reach out and ask. There is no obligation to start therapy and it's a wonderful way of getting questions answered. Since a consultation is not a formal establishment of the doctor-patient relationship, no official records are kept. It's simply a way to get to know Dr. Arthur and his personality and style of therapy.
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
Finding a therapist who you can truly connect with and grow from is difficult. Dr. Arthur often time makes the analogy of finding a close mentor, a coach, or a best friend. It's hard to know from the "get-go" if two people are going to click. Just like with a mentor, a coach, or a best friend it might take a few weeks, or even months to figure out that you two are just not "clicking."
However, just because one mentor, coach or friend didn't work out, it does not mean that the activity (i.e. the sport, the work, or friendships) are not "for you." The same can be said about therapy. If you have had a negative experience with therapy, Dr. Arthur will work with you to understand what didn't work, what did work, and what you would like to be different about your new therapist. The processes of therapy and it's related growth is still something that is worth exploring, despite a negative therapy experience. In fact, I encourage all my clients to be open about their experience of what is, and is not, working for them. This way they can get the most effective and efficient therapy for their money.
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
Clinically, Dr. Arthur has experience in working emotional disorders, eating disorders, and substance abuse (such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and eating disorders) especially in exposure-based and cognitive-behavioral therapies. His specialization is in the areas of self-esteem development, positive body image, assertiveness, and confidence development in both adults and teenagers. Dr. Arthur generally incorporates therapy with social skills and emotional regulation skills into his sessions to maximize the therapy gains.
However, Dr. Chen does not necessarily believe that therapy needs to be months or years. Often, most problems and situations can be significantly reduced in 60-90 days. After the symptoms have been diminished, Dr. Arthur will explore with the client if they want to "dig deeper" and explore the origins and "root cause" of a problem. However, deeper exploration is not always necessary or needed.