Psychotherapy helps us to understand how our childhood and adult life experiences as well as our genetic predispositions have shaped feelings and behaviors we have-- both positive and negative. Once we have a better understanding of why we feel and behave as we do we have the capacity to develop strategies to change unpleasant dysfunctional feelings and behaviors. Psychotherapy is a partnership with your therapist to develop ways to bring these positive changes to your life.
We all have emotional issues and most are not “serious” from an illness perspective. Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia are examples of “serious” mental issues which most usually require both medication as well as psychotherapy to stabilize. However, these disorders make up a very small percentage of problems for which people engage psychotherapy. Most issues are considered “problems in living”, such as marital discord, anxiety, stress reactions, mild depression, phobias, insomnia and sexual dysfunction.
Psychotherapy initially is speaking to a therapist about why you are seeking assistance. The therapist usually takes a detailed history to get to know you and to identify experiences in your life which may have contributed to your present difficulties. This process may last between one and three sessions after which the therapist discusses his or her recommendations to help you. Most therapists develop a treatment plan collaboratively with your participation and agreement.
As almost in all aspects of human endeavor, education, training, experience, and caring are predictive of quality outcomes. I have an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and a Master’s degree in public administration from the graduate school of hospital and healthcare administration, Sloan Institute, Cornell University. I have held many clinical positions which you can view in my resume on this site. I have been a licensed psychologist since 1971.
I provide individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy. Treatment approaches include cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, and behavior modification. I also employ biofeedback and clinical hypnosis.