MFT License #36477
I offer both long-term psychoanalytic treatment as well as more focused counseling for relationship problems, career transitions, and other life crises. I also work with couples, adolescents, and families.
Psychotherapy groups are intense and process-oriented, balancing between the content of the discussion, the role of individual members, and the dynamic that establishes the group as a whole.
Supervision applies theoretical discussion to case studies. Get clarity about your clients, and explore the dynamics between client and therapist. Therapists from diverse theoretical orientations are invited to try it out.
We know from scientific research that psychotherapy works. Years of scientific investigations have clearly demonstrated its effectiveness. Both qualitative and quantitative reviews of thousands of scientific studies have shown that about 75 to 80% of patients who enter psychotherapy benefit from it. The factors that make it work, however, are harder to explain. A review of the scientific research shows that the key factors for the success of psychotherapy are the relationship between therapist and client, and the customization of the treatment for the individual client.
A good therapist has the following traits:
Has a sophisticated set of interpersonal skills.
Builds trust, understanding and belief from the client.
Has an alliance with client.
Has an acceptable and adaptive explanation of the client’s condition.
Has a treatment plan and allows it to be flexible.
Is influential, persuasive and convincing.
Monitors patient progress.
Offers hope and optimism (realistic optimism, not euphemisms).
Is aware of a client’s characteristics in context.
Relies on best research evidence.
Continually improves through professional development.
You should feel comfortable with your therapist.
Approach therapy as a partnership.
Be open and honest. Success with psychotherapy depends on your willingness to share your thoughts, feelings and experiences.
Stick to your treatment goals. Try to attend all sessions and to give some thought to what you want to discuss.
Don’t expect instant results. Working on emotional issues can be painful and may require hard work.
Continue to work between sessions.
If psychotherapy isn’t helping, talk to your therapist.