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22 Apr

Types of Therapy

Overview of Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing and family & couples therapy are applied to treat mood & bipolar disorders, anxiety disorders and trauma/loss among other conditions. Holistic care is also practiced where customized guided meditations are provided with talk therapy. I frequently work with creative people to help them realize their potential. I have a network of therapists and programs for comprehensive outpatient general psychiatry, substance use & addiction treatment.

How psychological issues affect daily life and relationships? I believe that psychological issues have an emotional origin. I believe that specific types of talk therapy can help one overcome negative emotions and experiences that may be effecting your life today. I often use guided meditations with talk therapy to help engage the unconscious mind in letting go of ’emotional baggage’ and to alleviate anxiety. The types of talk therapy are explained below.

Talk therapy is the foundation of our full 45-50 minute session which can be with or without medication management.  When patients already have a therapist, I usually just provide 30 mins of medication management. Unless the complexity of the medication management requires more time.

Types of Psychotherapy

Motivational Interviewing Therapy – this type of talk therapy is used in substance abuse & addictions. It can be applied to both behavioral and drug addiction. Motivational interviewing can help change negative, maladaptive and self-sabotaging behavior patterns while keeping you focused on accomplishing your goals. 

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy –  this type of therapy is about making one aware of their unconscious thoughts. Carl Jung referred to this as the “shadow” mind. Once one becomes aware of the underlying motivations, one can begin to change their maladaptive and self-sabotaging patterns. However, it is easy to be to deny unconscious drives because it has been in one’s “blind spot” for so long.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – this type of therapy helps identify one’s core beliefs first so that once they become conscious, one can take a step-by-step approach to overcoming obstacles and accomplishing goals.

Family Therapy – Family therapy can be a great way to really get to know your partner or loved one.  Contrasting communication styles are blended and conflicts within family systems are addressed. I use a variety of techniques in this type of therapy from Ackerman Institute trained specialists.

Couples Therapy – Not on the same page? We can discuss communication techniques to get you and your partner listening to and understanding one another.

Starting a Relationship and Dating – If you’re having problems with relationships, we can discuss what’s getting in your way and how you can improve your chances of finding the right person.

Life Coaching and Counseling – seeing a psychiatrist or psychotherapist doesn’t mean that you are mentally ill. It can help one understand what is happening in their blind spot or “shadow mind” as in Jungian psychology. One can learn how they may be sabotaging themselves. Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists study how the mind can twist certain experiences and create a reality that is maladaptive. It’s possible to learn how one is sabotaging their chances at being successful. One’s past trauma, relationships and experiences all contribute to how they are functioning in adaptive or maladaptive ways. Sometimes objective feedback is necessary in order to see this. Psychiatrists and Psychotherapists often undergo their own psychoanalysis in order to provide objective feedback to patients. One can gain the deepest perspective about what’s holding them back by seeing a psychiatrist or psychotherapist. However, the style and compatibility between patient and psychotherapist is variable. Find someone who you believe can help you.

Mindfulness and Meditation – Please read more on meditation below.

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