Clinical services include the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of various psychological problems, among them:
- Depressive Disorders
- Anxiety Disorders
- Coping with chronic illness
- Coping with issues related to organ transplant
- Women’s health issues
- Eating Disorders
- Personality Disorders
- Transitions in Life and Situational difficulties
- Relationship problems and couples therapy
I perform a thorough psychological and diagnostic evaluation upon our first meeting. Typically this entails a detailed review of the presenting problems, current life situation, and relevant history and past experiences. The purpose of this initial evaluation is to gather the details necessary for me to understand the nature, context, and development of the problems presented as well as to jointly begin to clarify goals and treatment plan.
I view psychotherapy as a collaborative team effort, a dialogue, aimed at alleviating emotional difficulties, relieving symptoms, and promoting self growth. Most people seek psychotherapy because they feel pain, are stuck in one or more aspects of their lives, or are feeling unfulfilled. At the core of such feelings is the human tendency to repeat, often without awareness, interpersonal or behavioral patterns that are maladaptive. Without being aware of what draws them to engage in such hindering patterns, they are unable to make choices and engage in new and more productive behaviors. The main goal of therapy then, is to increase and broaden self awareness and gain insight and deeper understanding of how these patterns developed and what maintains them.
With this goal in mind, both therapist and patient have to be fully engaged and active in the therapy. It is a joint exploration of your own story, and our work together will be tailored to you and your needs. The process can be intensely rewarding, but it is not always easy, and will evoke different feelings; when painful material will arise, you may naturally feel stirred up and uncomfortable, but if you will also feel curious about yourself and intrigued, your self awareness will expand and will allow you to make the changes you desire and be able to lead fuller, richer and more fulfilling life.