General Approach to Psychotherapy & Analysis 

Core principles

Since 1991, I have been practicing and studying psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, carefully considering what approaches have the most significant and durable effects and what people prefer in terms of the therapist’s technique. As a result, the forms of therapy I practice each incorporate these core characteristics:

Depth-oriented
The meanings of past and present events and your hopes and fears about the future will be considered in the context of unconscious influences that have developed from the interaction of personal experience, cultural and historical factors, and your unique personality.

Dynamic
Engaging, interactive, explorative (the therapist is not passive!).

Contemplative
The questions at hand will require both of us to reflect deeply on the qualities, implications and possibilities revealed by our examination and emotional experience of your circumstances, thoughts, and feelings. 

Symbolic
Whenever possible, understanding of your concerns will be enhanced by considering symbolism and metaphor that might be encountered, for example, in dreams, personal experiences, or fictional situations in literature or film that have evoked a strong reaction in you.

Relational
In order to facilitate understanding of your inner emotional life and way of relating to others, when it is relevant we will carefully examine the dynamics and experience of our interaction as patient and therapist.

Embodied and Soulful
Seeking more than just heady or intellectual insight, the therapy or analysis should help you move toward a healthier integration of emotion and felt bodily experience.

Solution-focused
The therapy will be grounded in the realities of your life, and focused on the fullest possible expression of the goals you have for your future.

Clearly Explained Methodology
The methods, ideas and techniques used in carrying out the therapy will be explained and discussed whenever necessary, creating the strongest possible collaboration in making the therapy effective

How will we work together in psychotherapy or psychoanalysis?

  • Growth in self-understanding occurs through a dedicated ongoing dialog between us.  We hope to develop a trusting collaboration, with frankness and heartfelt expression, which will allow us to listen in a curious, open-minded, and nuanced way to the evolving impressions we each have about your situation and direction.
  • Our careful examination of your everyday feelings, memories, poignant and painful experiences, dreams, hopes and longings, relationship and interpersonal problems, creative expressions of any type, and our observations about the nature of our interactions in psychotherapy or analysis form the basis for this dialog. 
  • This dialog will allow both of us to gain new insights into your personal history, inner life and relational style.  As ideas about the themes underlying your difficulties and the growth process you are engaged in become apparent to me, I will share my impressions with you.
  • Our ongoing exploration will build on itself over time, allowing us to generate new and evolving hypotheses about your psychological perspective and behavior, and, importantly, will offer you opportunities to experience and consider yourself, and eventually to relate to others, in new ways.
  • Both the process and the content of each psychotherapy or analysis are highly individualized, because it is understood that for the treatment to be successful in fully actualizing the true nature of each individual, the approach must welcome the individual’s personality style.