My Approach to Helping
My work of over 30 years is guided by extensive experience and learning. Work in treatment outcomes research drives my use of the therapeutic alliance, implicit cognition, attachment theory and empirically validated mentalizing treatment. We deal with unwanted outcomes and difficulty with self-love. Such problems have enormous span, some examples are: 1. difficulty with emotion, 2. impoverished self-care, 3. self-defeating patterns like substance misuse, 4. relationship problems, 5. poor self-regulation. Mentalizing is the empirically validated treatment I use to promote learning to love one's self fully and achieve your goals, get what you want in your life to the greatest extent possible. I teach finite thinking and the effective management of emotion. Normally, the folks I work with have adverse developmental experiences resulting in out-dated procedures for coping with today's world. Many are helping professionals, such as dentists, doctors, physicians assistants, mothers, really competent care-givers, with a noticeable problem in the area of self-care.
Individual and interpersonal process group psychotherapy are the main modalities of care used. Psychodrama is also used as an excellent way to get emotional expression moving in a least threatening way with psychodramatist Nancy Willis. We track outcomes in real time by evaluating reflective function. We have a place to use meditation CDs in between sessions, or when you like. I just finished a beautiful new building to provide a warm welcome private place to love yourself fully.
More Info About My Practice
The emphasis is on mentalizing: keeping your mind in mind and keeping other people's minds in mind. A great deal of attention is paid to language because how we speak reflects how we thinks. And when thinking is muddled, impersonal and imprecise, so are the realizations of your dreams. Finite thinking, differentiating your self from others, managing emotions like the crucial data delivery systems that they are instead of villifying them. Feelings are not for sissies! Managing emotion is an art we practice to perfection. Emotions are the best guides to our needs and their fulfillment. So we embrace emotion, get to know one another well and solve problems. Depression is a mismanagement of emotion, not a problem in itself. It is the result of a problem respecting ourselves, our emotions and our needs.
* I don't accept any insurance but keep my fees down instead. I provide bills which can be submitted for out-of-network benefits. I specialize in group process interpersonal psychotherapy.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
In the therapeutic alliance patients can expect to be heard and understood. Patients can expect to feel liked. Patients can expect me to have their best interests at heart. Since most of my patients have multiple problems, normally due to some form of complex trauma, treatment takes time. I recommend group psychotherapy to all my patients. I believe that as many of the problems my patients have stem from relationship injuries, healing relationships are both needed and especially helpful. I believe that njuries my patients experienced early on resulted in most of the problem I see and these are often difficulties related to self-regulation and self-defeating behaviors.