1. What are your qualifications as a therapist?
The University of Michigan School of Social Work, where I earned a Masters Degree in Social Work, emphasized both psychoanalytic and cognitive/behavioral approaches. A licensed psychotherapist since 1972, I have had extensive training and experience in individual, couples, family and group therapy; gestalt therapy, art therapy, play therapy for children, sex therapy and psychodrama. I keep up in the field by reading extensively, participating in educational conferences, and serving as an instructor of continuing education classes for therapists.
About what actually happens during actual therapy sessions, my approach is holistic, meaning I aim to attend to the “whole person”–psychological, social, and spiritual. Each of us is unique. Your treatment is tailored to the particular aspects of your situation.
2. How can psychotherapy help me?
Through psychotherapy, you can move from a mode of survival to one of growth, joy, meaning, and more satisfying connections with others. Whether you are single or married, experiencing relationship or other difficulties at home or at work, for example, depression, anxiety, addiction, or have a child with behavioral problems, I can assist you in identifying core issues, setting goals, and accomplishing them.
3. Can you help me to make my spouse/child, or some other person change?
If you are the one who is experiencing stress, you will benefit from learning ways to help yourself feel better, regardless of how the other person behaves. Once you commit to therapy for yourself, you can expect to experience more fulfilling relationships.
4. Why can’t I use therapy just to vent about present and past difficulties?
Some venting may help you to connect with your feelings, which can be beneficial. Using the psychotherapy time solely to air frustrations, however, can foster a sense of hopelessness. I can help you to formulate and implement goals for yourself, and reverse this syndrome.
5. What happens in a therapy session with you?
I encourage clients to set the agenda. I listen attentively and assist as needed. My comments are intended to help you to achieve your goals.
6. How long does it take?
I would need to evaluate your particular area of concern. Some situational stresses are resolved within a few sessions. A longer term of therapy is generally needed to produce a lasting resolution for more longstanding, entrenched difficulties.
7. Why can’t I just handle my problems on my own?
It is healthy to seek psychotherapy for long-lasting and recurring problems that you have not been able to resolve on your own. A skilled psychotherapist can help you move beyond self-defeating patterns and into a more fulfilling life.