Clients come to see me oftentimes when they have tried to ameliorate their situation through resources that are readily available. For instance, conferring with friends, seeking advice from family, and engaging in various self-care activities such as exercise and eating better. Although all of these actions are commendable, they tend to be helpful only to an extent. Psychotherapy consists of a clinical relationship between the client and I to explore and understand underlying emotional experience, thinking patterns, and outward behaviors for the purposes of preventing troubles, alleviating current distress, and improving resilience. My approach is collaborative and respectful of the client’s personal dignity. I aim to deeply understand my clients, to empathize with their situation, and to constructively discuss their viewpoints. Psychotherapy is a difficult process, but can be rewarding. I ask my clients to seriously consider their commitment to the psychotherapy process.
Couples and Families
I see both couples and families in my practice. Although a couple is a type of family, the term family often implies that there are children in the picture. My approach is based upon systems theory, which essentially means that I look for, and address, interactional behaviors that are created by multiple people in the room and in light of boundaries between individuals. Hence, for example, I am particularly interested in the transaction that is created by the parent and child in virtue of their respective individuals behaviors no matter how obvious and inconspicuous. Whereas couples might usually struggle with learning to be a single unit and separate individuals, families might usually stumble due to disturbances in boundaries that exist between parents and children.
Do you accept insurance?
I am in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield and Coventry/First Health Network. Otherwise, I can serve as an out-of-network provider and can provide a statement so that you can try to seek reimbursement from your insurance carrier.
What is your approach to psychotherapy?
I get this question often enough from prospective clients. Here is what I usually say. Like many psychologists these days in New York City, my approach is integrative of various theoretical orientations and mostly inclusive of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and humanistic. With that said, I do think that some problems call for particular approaches at times. In general, however, please know that the most critical element in explaining the effectiveness of psychotherapy is the relationship between therapist and client.