Below, you will find some commonly asked questions regarding my therapeutic approach and structure of my practice. Should you require additional information or have questions not listed below, please do not hesitate to contact me.
How effective is your approach to therapy?
I practice from a psychodynamic perspective. I have gravitated to this therapeutic approach for two reasons. First, this approach fits my personal style of relating and understanding the world we live in and the problems we all encounter. Secondly, there is enormous scientific evidence for its efficacy in treating a wide variety of mental health and interpersonal problems. Similar to other types of psychological treatment, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), psychodynamic therapy is effective in improving mental health and life satisfaction. However, unlike other types of psychological treatment, psychodynamic therapy stands apart in that research shows that patients treated with psychodynamic therapy continue to improve long after their treatment has ended (Shedler, 2010). With the recent surge of scientific interest in fMRI studies examining brain structure/function and mental illness, a recently published article found that psychodynamic treatment improved the neural circuitry and activation of emotional processing within the brain (Perez et al., 2016). In other words, psychodynamic therapy literally changes our brains!
How long will it take until I feel better?
The length of the course of treatment is one of the most individualized–and least generalizable–questions to answer. Each person begins therapy with a unique constellation of personal factors that makes it difficult to compare across patients. Although symptoms may be the same, the meaning behind the symptoms and the personal history that created these symptoms are purely individual. This is very different from physical illnesses in which health professionals can provide a predictable course of treatment and prescribe universally responsive treatments. Emotional and relational suffering simply do not work this way. Improvements in mood often emerge within a few weeks of starting therapy. What is individual, however, is the time it takes to solidify these improvements so that symptoms do not re-emerge after therapy ends.
How often do we meet?
An important reason as to why therapy works is the therapeutic relationship that develops between a patient and a therapist. By allowing me to get to know you better and you feeling secure in the relationship, we can work together to understand and appreciate both the concerns that brought you to therapy as well as your inherent talents and strengths. For a meaningful therapeutic relationship to develop, meeting at least once per week is recommended. Quite often, I meet with patients multiple times per week depending on their needs. I do believe that, in working towards improving one’s life and well-being, obtaining as much help as possible can make a marked difference in solidifying lasting changes and improvements in one’s life.
What is your fee?
I would be happy to discuss my fees with you over the phone or in person at your first appointment.
Which forms of payment do you accept?
I accept cash, personal check, and all major credit cards.