PSYCHODYNAMIC + COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL PSYCHOTHERAPY and EMDR.
I offer individual psychotherapy for adults. I do not see adolescents or couples.
I am a classically trained Psychodynamic psychotherapist. Think classic psychoanalysis but with a modern slant. I look at your issues with a 360 perspective. We will find the root of the issue, the source of its energy, by looking at past patterns and styles of relating and behavior. We will sync up the connections and deactivate old patterns that are not useful. By addressing your issues with this perspective we can begin the process of alleviating and de-activating symptoms such as depression, anxiety, fears, isolation, malaise and “stuckness”. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is analytical, deep therapy with the goal of getting to the root of the issue and fostering new insights so that new narratives can arise. This work tends to be slower but has longer term results. I may combine some CBT methods to this work if needed and/or may offer EMDR as an adjunctive tool to help speed up the processing.
I also offer Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for those who are clinically appropriate. This work is intensive, interactive work focused on changing your negative thoughts, which according to this theory, are creating your feelings. These thoughts are usually a Cognitive distortion. Once we identify the Cognitive Distortion associated with the thought we will conduct in session assignments and homewoek, using various CBT methods to replace these distortions in your thinking. This type of therapy does not delve into the past but instead uses a “here and now” focus. The goal of CBT is to challenge your negative thoughts and replace them with your inner truth that emerges in the session. We will document the work together, in session, and you will be asked to do specific homework about the session outside of our weekly meetings. CBT is not for everyone and every issue. I will assess your readiness for CBT in our first meeting.
EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. This modality uses bi-lateral stimulation to induce eye movements just like during REM sleep, to help the brain process information more efficiently. This is an empirically based trauma processing modality that can also be used to help with issues of self esteem, attachment, the de-activating of anxiety and depression. Please see the section on this website: EMDR.