MY APPROACH TO TREATMENT...

WHAT I TREAT...

First and foremost, I treat people. You are not a  disease or a disorder. You are a person struggling with an issue that is preventing you from living the type of life you want... and it is from there that we begin. People I work with often come to me with issues such as anxiety, depression, obsessive/compulsive disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and other problems. This list is by no means exhaustive, and in our initial session, after a comprehensive assessment of the issue, we will discuss whether or not your issue can be treated by me. If not, I will refer you to another professional who is trained to address your needs.

 

Please note that I do not use controlled substances in my practice.

MY APPROACH

My approach to psychiatric/mental health is holistic, and one that emphasizes the work of therapy coupled with lifestyle modifications, and when/if indicated, appropriate medications. I do not believe that the cure to all of life's problems can be found in a pill bottle. Incidentally, research confirms my beliefs. It is only through the treatment of the person as a whole that healing can be achieved. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

After discussing your concerns and my performing a comprehensive assessment, we will discuss possible causes and contributing factors that may be contributing to your distress. Together, we will work to identify treatment alternatives that fit with your individual goals and lifestyle. 

INDIVIDUAL THERAPY

The goals of therapy are many and include: â€‹

  • Helping you think through events and change behavioral patterns that are not useful.

  • Focusing on how you are feeling emotionally and physically and learning to use this information more effectively. 

  • Increasing self-awareness of both automatic thought processes and unconscious material that may be causing or at least contributing to your distress.  

  • Journaling and take-home activities to help you process and practice skills discussed in sessions. 

I use several psychotherapeutic approaches, including:

  • ​Psychodynamic

  • Existential/humanistic

  • Solution-focused 

  • Rational/Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)

A WORD ABOUT MEDICATION MANAGEMENT SERVICES

In addition to being a New York State licensed Psychologist, I am a New York State licensed nurse practitioner in psychiatry (NPP). I am authorized under New York State law to prescribe medications. If your issue requires the use of medicines, we will discuss the pros and cons, as well as the risks and benefits associated with medication use.

 

If medication use is appropriate for your particular issue, ongoing monitoring will be done at proper intervals, which may include laboratory studies (i.e., "bloodwork") to evaluate the effects of the medication on your body. Other measures, such as blood pressure and weight monitoring, may be undertaken to determine the presence of adverse effects that the medications may be having on your body.

 

When it comes to medication use, I adhere to the Latin dictum of "Primum non-nocere," which means: "First, do no harm."


Please note that I do not use controlled substances in my practice.  

APPOINTMENT AVAILABILITY 

I deliberately keep my practice small. By doing this, I get to know all of my clients quite well. You are important and are a person to me- not a "case number." My clients can always get an appointment with me within a matter of a day or two- not weeks or months. 

DO I HAVE TO LAY ON THE COUCH? 

People ask me this question all the time. The answer is "no."  Psychoanalytic psychotherapy has changed over the years. You can sit on the couch with your feet on the floor, you can put your feet up on the hassock, or lay on the couch. It's all about you feeling comfortable during the session.