A successful therapy usually depends on a good “match” between the therapist and the person seeking help.
For this reason, I consider the first session a consultation, enabling me to learn more about you and your treatment needs, and allowing you to experience my treatment style and ask questions that you might have about my approach. Usually, this results in a decision to begin a treatment relationship. However, if we decide that your needs would be better met elsewhere, I will make appropriate referrals and help you to access other resources.
Every treatment begins with a thorough assessment of your symptoms and history, resulting in an individualized treatment plan that we develop together. This plan may involve short-term or longer-term therapy, depending on the nature of the problem and your particular goals. I also make referrals if needed for medication management or other kinds of treatments that may be helpful.
My approach to treatment is strongly rooted in both psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy. I believe that it is important to understand the reasons behind the problems that bring people to therapy which are usually based in the past, and to be able to make real and lasting behavioral changes in the present. Depending on the needs of each patient, I also integrate a variety of other approaches including Internal Family Systems therapy, psychoeducation, and mindfulness-based interventions . A flexible approach and expertise in a range of different interventions enables me to tailor treatment to the unique and complex needs of each person.