Many of my patients have struggled with relationship difficulties, achievement impediments, and self-dissatisfaction. Sorting out these feelings can restore a sense of well-being and improve relationships.
My approach emphasizes individualized treatment. Insight will provide you with the mental flexibility that enables constructive changes.
Adjunct supervisor at The George Washington University for doctoral psychology students.
Psychoanalysis is an effective method of treatment for psychological problems for those who have had insufficient results with briefer therapies.
Johns Hopkins University, The George Washington University, Washington Baltimore Center for Psychoanalysis, The Catholic University of America, American University.
I believe a good therapist offers the wisdom to illuminate suffering and facilitate change. Together, we must understand why you suffer and how you can return to health. This process starts with my interest in your past and current experiences, my ability to put myself in your shoes, and a will to understand how you feel and what needs to take place. Through genuine dialogue, you may heal from painful feelings, understand situations and the world though an alternative lens, or transcend beyond previous limitations. These are all forms of change.
Therapy is not a chat, an update, or even a mere exercise of putting the pieces of your experiences together. Therapy is the work of two people working to understand deep truths, so that pain can be relived and daily life improved.
I help people heal from depression, anxiety, relationship issues, achievement impediments, and identity and personality difficulties. My consultation process begins with a discussion of your current difficulties. I then will offer my impressions and discuss with you what type of process is likely to be most beneficial. It may surprise you to find that by identifying and understanding your feelings and reactions, possible solutions to your problems will become available.
I believe psychoanalysis is a way of surviving the emotional chaos, spiritual confusion, and traumatic events that come with living life. Either in a single moment or over a number of years, one’s world can be changed for the worse. Then, a constant flow of grief, terror, shame, and despair – deeper than one could have imagined – settles in. In the aftermath of tragedy, often times nobody in one’s family is able to speak of the pain. Such silence can leave one feeling alone with all the agonizing emotions. It cuts one off from others and from one’s emotional life, leaving one feeling numb, moving through life as if only half alive.
If psychoanalysis is right for you, you will progress through past and recurring experiences, taking all the raw feelings and transforming them into words, language, memories, and ultimately wellbeing. This process, while challenging at times, brings joy and a renewed sense of being fully alive – a transformation from powerless and passive to being capable of turning suffering into lucid meaning and hope.
A further benefit of psychoanalysis comes from the telling of memories to a witness of it all. Because memories and reactions are shared, human isolation is then relieved. The outcomes of psychoanalysis enter deeply into one’s personhood, helping an individual live a fulfilling and meaningful life.
Psychoanalysis is an intensive form of therapy typically involving four 50-minute sessions a week.
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