Psychotherapy is not easily described in general statements. It varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and patient, and the particular problems you are experiencing. There are many different methods I may use to deal with the problems that you hope to address. Psychotherapy is not like a medical doctor visit. Instead, it calls for a very active effort on your part. In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.

Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have many benefits. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. But there are no guarantees of what you will experience.

"I believe my role is similar to that of a personal trainer, and I view psychotherapy as analogous to working out at a health club. One need not be morbidly obese to benefit from a work-out, nor do you need to be emotionally disturbed to benefit from therapy. But the "no pain - no gain" principal applies to therapy as it does to working out. Patients must be willing to be honest with themselves, and I assist them in the difficult task of actively questioning and modifying their assumptions and beliefs about their world.

I believe in efficient treatment, as opposed to "brief" treatment."

It is important that we agree on mutual goals for your sessions. Once that process is completed I will need to learn some about your past history so that I can better understand the influences that people and events have had in shaping your current circumstances. Then we will work together to examine and question the ways you are coping with your situation in hopes of finding more effective strategies. I rarely give advice, but instead I try to help you reach decisions you feel comfortable with.