Psychotherapy

I have been providing counseling and psychotherapy for over 30 years. I have been trained in a variety of approaches including: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Short-Term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (STPP), Behavior Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Analytical Hypnotherapy.

I specialize in psychotherapy for anxiety problems, depression, chronic pain, bipolar disorder, ADD, addictions, trauma, complicated grief, job transitions, spiritual issues, couple’s problems, and parent-child issues.

Short-Term Psychotherapy or Brief Psychotherapy is any form of psychotherapy that is not meant to be ongoing and long-term. The idea is to promote rapid change by identifying your core problem, or core conflictual relationship pattern, and formulating an effective strategy to create a more adaptive and healthier conscious and unconscious solution to your problem.

Hypnosis is a tool I often use in psychotherapy to provide a focusing mechanism and doorway to the subconscious.  I also employ cognitive, emotive and behavioral techniques to provide the “nuts and bolts” strategies for addressing both the dysfunctional thinking and feeling patterns that you need to change in order to get well.

Having an effective and well defined strategy is necessary if you’re going to change something that is well defended and has resisted change for years. It is important to recognize that the whole purpose of hypnosis is to bypass “the critical factor” of your defense mechanisms. With Short-Term Psychotherapy, I employ a variety of techniques in addition to hypnosis for bypassing “the critical factor” so that positive change can be initiated and continued.

As an experienced therapist, I rely on my experience, my tradecraft skills, and my intuition to come up with solutions in the service of your therapy. I no longer need to follow treatment manuals in a cookbook fashion.

Short-Term Psychotherapy generally runs anywhere between two and a dozen sessions. It is applicable to almost all presenting problems including long-standing dysfunctional personality patterns and personality disorders such as borderline personality disorder.

As with every form of therapy that I employ, STP involves a verbal and often a written contract between me, the therapist, and you, my client.

Most clients enter into the therapeutic relationship with a number of established beliefs that tend to be expressed as absolutes. Often, the events they describe are verbalized as ALWAYS happening. Clients then become trapped in particular negative behavior patterns because of those beliefs. The beliefs are usually not true and are invalid. That is why you may be in trouble.

In my psychotherapy practice, I will challenge your established belief systems so that the possibility of change can occur. It is my responsibility to assist you in changing your beliefs that you are always trapped and always feel helpless, to recognizing that this isn’t true and so that you believe that you can change and get better.

In my work as a therapist and as a clinical psychologist, I use a variety of methods based on my assessment of you the client. I would say that my primary theoretical orientation to doing counseling and psychotherapy is Cognitive-Behavioral and multimodal (which means using multiple modalities and techniques drawn from different therapy schools). I incorporate clinical hypnosis as an adjunctive tool in my psychotherapy work with many clients because hypnosis makes treatment briefer, deeper and more effective.

My focus in psychotherapy is first to understand you and to be able to formulate a conceptual framework for explaining your presenting problems and symptoms. I believe in fully informed consent and thus, want you, my client, to also understand my explanations and my rationale for using one intervention technique versus another.

Our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are all interconnected. So, when we work together, we need to identify your specific dysfunctional beliefs and behaviors and change them so that you can get better. In order to change negative beliefs and habitual behaviors, I employ my understanding of you in conjunction with appropriate therapy techniques.

My goal as your therapist is to help you effect positive change in the shortest amount of time, to save you time and money, and to help you feel better as soon as possible. I do not use “cookie cutter” approaches. My approach is individualized and tailored to you as an individual. Very often problems can be resolved in two to five sessions. Verbal treatment contracts are established for five session units for more complex problems. When longer term interpersonal and personality change therapy are indicated, I work within a longer-term, relationship-based or interpersonal model, but I still endeavor to structure your therapy to make it as focused and as effective as possible.

Fees. My fee for initial office appointments is $300. for a 90-minute consultation session. For subsequent 50-minute appointments, my fee is $250. For most problems, I can help you achieve rapid change in anywhere from 2 to 5 visits. However, results will vary and there are no guarantees, as change depends on you. I accept payment before the visit through PayPal. For initial visits, payment at the time of the office visit must be in cash.

Skype Therapy and Marathon Psychotherapy Weekends. For people who live far away, or who cannot get to my office, I also do Skype Therapy. Individual marathon psychotherapy weekends are also available for people who live far away and who wish to fly in to Philadelphia for the weekend see me on a Friday evening, on Saturday, and on Sunday morning. Advance payment can be made through PayPal.

Please contact me by email or call and leave a message at 215-947-7867 (947-STOP), if you are interested in having a consultation about your problem.