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Psychotherapy:

I am trained in several forms of psychotherapy, and enjoy using my training to your benefit.  I have particular interest in psychodynamic therapy but also find a cognitive-behavioral approach useful at times.  ACT (acceptance and commitment therapy) has also informed my work.   
 
Every therapist is different, and most seek to modify their approach depending on a patients situation.   

 

In general my job is to see what you cannot see, suspect what you do not suspect, and return this information to you in a way that you can use, in short, to improve your understanding of yourself.  

 

I am not a purely “supportive” therapist.  While there can be value in venting or getting things off your chest, this alone does not constitute psychotherapy as I practice.  The process of therapy will likely induce anxiety, discomfort, and anger.  However, I will also help to guide you through these experiences.   
 
Although the process of therapy is complex, it is not magical or mysterious.  We know that the mind, at the most basic, is a complex system of shifting electro-chemical patterns.  We also know that these patterns can be changed through experience over time.  This process takes many forms, however, the common theme in psychotherapy is a shift in thoughts and feelings which literally change electro-chemical patterns.  Over time this can alter patterns that have led to unhappiness, anxiety, and unwanted behaviors.  For these reasons I do not view therapy as being inherently opposed to medication treatment.