MY APPROACH

From the day ​we are born, our mental life is focused on helping us meet our basic physical and emotional needs. We have many emotional needs -- to give and receive care, to keep ourselves safe, to overcome frustrating barriers, and to play, just to name a few. In fact, we have so many needs that we cannot possibly satisfy them all at once. Conflicts arise as we try to satisfy needs as best we can -- both ours and the needs of those with whom we engage in relationships of all kinds. We all learn ways of being with ourselves and others, some of which become automatic, or habitual. This process of learning to satisfy our emotional needs is lifelong, as circumstances and relationships are always changing.

Sometimes our ways of being are not particularly helpful. This can be the result of us making the best of difficult circumstances in the past, or our circumstances changing such that our old way of being no longer helps us to meet our needs. Troubling feelings signal that something is wrong. However, figuring out precisely what is wrong and managing the distressing feelings can both be quite challenging. Distressing feelings are a normal part of human life -- but for some of us, these feelings can be particularly bothersome or impairing. This is why many people seek mental health treatment.

There are two main types of mental health treatment: medications and psychotherapy. Medications can help reduce certain symptoms (symptoms are the way distressing feelings manifest in the mind/body). Psychotherapy is a process that allows us to learn new ways of being, resulting in meaningful, sustained change in how we feel, think, and behave. Through the therapeutic process we can learn about ourselves -- our habitual/automatic ways of being, why these ways of being arose -- and ultimately try out new ways of being.

My practice is focused on psychodynamic psychotherapyan in-depth form of therapy that allows for a deep exploration of each individual's mental world. This type of therapy can be helpful for a wide range of mental health concerns of varying severities. It can also be used to help people of nearly any age, from very young children and their families to older adults. As a physician, I am also able to prescribe medications when indicated. Regardless of the intervention we use, my goal is to provide you with individualized, in-depth, compassionate, and comprehensive treatment.

Many thanks to Mark Solms, PhD, whose work has profoundly influenced my understanding of the human brain/mind and the usefulness of psychotherapy.