WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?
Both psychoanalytic psychotherapy and psychoanalysis provide an effective treatment for a range of psychological disorders. Both do significantly contribute to an individual's mental and physical health, their sense of well-being and their ability to function better in all areas of their lives. Determining which treatment is appropriate for you, or if divorce coaching is what you require, is best discussed with me during your free 15-minute consultation. I view our working relationship as a crucial element in the therapy. I offer a confidential and private setting which facilitates our working professional relationship.
Psychoanalysis is a more intense type of therapy. It aims to examine an individual's unconscious and expose real feelings, emotions, and thoughts that lead to exploring and understanding the individual's personality structure. Psychoanalysis is best for individuals who are looking to make profound character changes. For it to be a successful treatment, a high degree of trust, autonomy, and sense of identity is needed. The goals of treatment include the removal of unconscious obstacles to full gratification in the areas of love, work, and play. It is a search for painful truths about the self. Thus, one's self-esteem must already be resilient enough to tolerate some unpleasant discoveries. The individual seeking psychoanalysis must have an established working alliance with the clinician so they can uncover unconscious defenses, feelings, fantasies, beliefs, conflicts, and strivings. Psychoanalysis is for individuals who are looking to have a thorough understanding of his or her personality with the goal of the most significant possible degree of growth and change. Three to four sessions per week commitment is required.
Psychoanalytic psychotherapy draws from the practice and theories of analytical psychology. It has offered considerable help to most individuals. It is often problem-focused and active with discovering unhealthy themes and patterns of behavior. It is a therapeutic process which helps to understand and resolve problems by increasing awareness of an individual's inner world and its influence on relationships both past and present. Psychotherapy is supportive and invites the individual to explore his or her perceptions, thoughts and feelings. It is less of a commitment of time, (one-two sessions per week), money and emotional energy as compared to psychoanalysis.
TOGETHER WE CAN FIND YOUR STRENGTH
I specialize in various mental health issues. However, I have a focus treating individuals in high conflict divorces and who have been abused by a partner who suffers from narcissistic personality disorder. My work leads me to extend myself to divorce coaching. As a divorce coach, we will work together to find solutions and strategies that may help your case and educate you about high conflict divorce. Some of the concepts that we will work on include:
-Communicating in a calm, intellectual manner to your lawyer, custody evaluator, judge, and other court officials
-Setting up an organized system to document evidence that you may need for your case
-Finding ways for you to engage in self-care as you endure the process of your legal action
-Lending an ear for you to speak about your feelings and thoughts regarding your ex that may help you think more clearly about your case.
-Offering a goal-oriented process designed to support, motivate and guide you through a divorce and help you made the best possible decisions for the future based on your interests, needs, and concerns.
"Freud told us that, like government, psychologists are engaged in an impossible profession. Perhaps that is true if our aim is to change us and make the world a reasonable place. Instead, psychologists may have to be satisfied with gaining a few increments of sense and strength with which to push back the encroachments of unreason. Psychologists have not got much to show for their efforts, except that our patients lead fuller, more creative, and more satisfying lives. And that is a lot." Ernest S. Wolf M.D.