My Approach to Helping
I provide a warm nurturing accepting environment. I am verbally responsive and interactive.. I AT FIRST arrive at an accurate diagnosis of the patient and then come up with an individualized treatment plan tailored to that patients needs. If medication is INDICATED..I stabilize THAT first, and then do exploratory individual therapy on a regular basis, along with group therapy and couples therapy as well IF either seems indicated.I have a warm friendly interactive style which makes many people comfortable..
More Info About My Practice
I am a board-certified psychiatrist, I am an out-of-network provider for most plans, and do not submit bills BUT am willing to coordinate with fee structures of MOST insurance plans.. The patient just needs to be able to see ANY doctor of their own chosing. I am NOT in any HMO plans, but can work with almost any PPO plans.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
integrating personality growth and realationship pattern improvement along with alleviation of any and all psychiatric symptoms
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
growth and development along the path as defined by the patients wishes
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
the intimacy of helping someone grow and develop happiness and self satisfaction
My Role as a Therapist
My Therapy Focus
symptom alleviation, and then growth and development
What I Usually Need to Know to Help
their symptoms , and then their life and times
My Guiding Ethical Principles
honesty loyalty and integrity
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
try a working-trial of 10 sessions and then re-evaluate their ambivalence
Had a Negative Therapy Experience?
a corrective emotional experience with a therapist can outweigh damage done by a previous person
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
COHESION and ALLIANCE
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
i have learned from a complete psychoanalysis to dig in to the "DEPTHS" and make the past pain smaller quiter and less-frequent
Theoretical Influences that Guide My Work
modern psychodynamic work, existential issues, and interpersonal group therapy principles
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
develop a "LIFE_LONG" perspective on the pain and to work it through slowly and over time so it is not overwhelming.I can prescribe medication in the short or long run if needed
Why Going to Therapy Does Not Mean You are Weak or Flawed
therapy provides empowerment and diminishes weakness as one is empowered in the present rather than burdened by the past
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
total alliance allows a sense of "being together" in the struggle to get well
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
some are biological, some are genetic, somecome from family of origin issues and some come from peer group difficulties along the road of life
The Duration and Frequency of Therapy
i see patients at least once/week,sometimes do individual and group work simultaneously. Both the patient AND the therapist generally have a MUTUAL sense as to when therapy is completed enough to terminate and try a "trial of life"
What Makes up a Problem?
TOTAL IMPACT! This science id evolving at present at NIMH