Common Question

How does therapy work?
In therapy, you are encouraged to talk with a professional therapist in a spontaneous and honest fashion. A professionally trained therapist, who provides productive examination of the issues or concerns affecting you guides your discussion.


What kind of commitment do I need to make?
The time commitment depends on the nature and extent of your problems. Short-term therapy devoted to concrete issues can last anywhere from 6 to 20 weeks. Open-ended psychodynamic psychotherapy, may be more long-term. Itís best to talk with your therapist to determine the length of time thatís right for you.


What is psychoanalysis?
Psychoanalysis is a close partnership, during which the patient becomes aware of the underlying sources of his or her difficulties not simply intellectually, but emotionally -- by re-experiencing them with the psychoanalyst. Typically, the patient comes four or five times a week, lies on a couch, and attempts to say everything that comes to mind. These conditions create the analytic setting, which permits the emergence of aspects of the mind not accessible to other methods of observation.

With the help of the psychoanalyst, the patient is better able to recognize patterns in his or her daily life, in fantasies, and in dreams. A patient and psychoanalyst join in efforts to modify incapacitating symptoms and also expand the freedom to work and to love. Eventually the patient's life -- his or her behavior, relationships, sense of self -- changes in deep and abiding ways.

Psychoanalysts emphasize listening and understanding their patients. This focus is one of the qualities of psychoanalysis that separates it from other forms of mental health treatment that often prescribe either behavior or medications.


How do I know if you are the right therapist for me?
The best way to tell is by meeting in person and seeing if there is a good fit. Give me a call and we can have a conversation about what you are looking for and answer any questions you might have. After speaking on the telephone, we can see if we can set up a time to meet in person. If not, I can help you find another therapist in the area.