My Approach to Helping
Peopl often ask me what "type" of psychotherapy I practice. The answer to that question is complicated, and is perhaps best answered by "it depends". My own belief is that different types of problems benefit the most from different types of therapy, and that a therapist who offered the same treatment for every problem would be doing his clients a disservice. With some people I am apt to use a more "behavioral" or "cognitive" focus with an emphasis on problem-solving, adaptive coping, and altering maladaptive thought and behavioral patterns. With other individuals, I may focus more on increasing self-awareness and the degree to which you can be in touch with their emotions. With yet another person it may be more important to focus on past trauma in order to facilitate recovery. I will be happy to discuss the method I am using with you at any time, and explain how I selected it, and the pros and cons of that approach as opposed to other approaches. If you have any beliefs about the way therapy ought to proceed with you, I would be happy to listen to them and take them into consideration. Whatever methods I may use, I always view psychotherapy as a dialogue in which you and I can discuss the your deepest and most important concerns in an open and authentic manner. Every client is an individual, and every problem is unique, so that it is impossible to specify in advance how many sessions will be needed to resolve a problem. You should be aware, however, that most problems need more than "a couple of visits" to resolve. (If your problems were that easy to fix, you would probably not be coming to a psychologist's office in the first place). While many problems can respond to just several weeks or months treatment, there are other complicated or recalcitrant problems that can take several years to resolve. There are also chronic conditions that may require lengthy follow-up. Please feel free to talk with me about my expectations for the length of your treatment.
More Info About My Practice
Dr. Carrin is a licensed clinical psychologist. He received his doctoral degree from Antioch University in 1990. He has held a wide variety of clinical and consulting positions in the United States, South America, and Sweden, and has worked as an organizational consultant, psychologist, and psychotherapist. For the last 20 years, he has practiced in Waterbury, Connecticut.
Dr. Carrin is an expert in cognitive-behavioral approaches to treat a wide variety of mental health challenges. His areas of expertise include personality disorders, sexual dysfunction, stress-related disorders, anxiety, depression, bipolar, post-traumatic stress, survivors of abuse, relationship challenges, and struggles with alternative lifestyles. He tailors his treatments to meet the needs of each client.
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
It was back in college when I initially acknowledged my desire to become a psychotherapist. At that time, I had been dabbling in drugs and was able to stop on my own while I saw many friends unable to stop, allowing themselves and their lives to go downhill. As I studied and began working in the field, I grew both personally and professionally. Having my own psychotherapist early in my twenties helped significantly. So did my travels abroad, living and working in South America and in Europe at different times. Practicing therapy with individuals from many different cultures only magnified my love of this work. Coming back to the US, I went back to school in the mid 1980s to obtain my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. And now, all these years later, I still have a passion for what I do.
For me it is the connection with you that is important. The stronger the connection, the more likely we will succeed in getting you where you want to be. It is taking that journey along side you that I most enjoy. Supporting you, encouraging you, challenging you...all with the aim of helping you both heal from past wounds and hurt and/or helping you move forward in positive and constructive ways.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
The medical profession, specifically psychiatry, loves to talk about "disorders". A "mood disorder" or an "anxiety disorder" or a personality disorder" and so on. The only time I tend to use that phrase is if and when I am billing an insurance company for our sessions together. Some people call them "issues" "John has an issue with his parents"..."Mary has anger issues" etc. etc. My view is that we are all unique individuals...you...me...all of us. Everyone I've ever met in life has "issues". But at the same time we all have strengths and inner resources. My job is to help you find and then tap into those inner strengths and resources so that you may more positively and constructively navigate the many obstacles life has thrown in your way.