What brings someone into your practice?
When someone has identified a need to seek psychotherapy, they may ask a friend, someone in the clergy, or their personal physician for a recommendation. I generally receive calls from all these sources.
Are all sessions confidential?
Yes, confidentiality is critical to the therapeutic relationship and is based on the privileged doctor-patient relationship recognized by the professional organizations I belong to and by the courts. An exception to this privilege is when there is a serious risk to cause harm to another person, such as a child.
In essence, all mental health professionals are required to seek their patient’s permission before making disclosures about what was revealed in a treatment.
I believe that confidentiality is the cornerstone in a therapist’s ethical commitment. It is what allows those seeking help to relate freely about themselves and be guided by a proven process for healing and personal change.
How would someone identify a need to seek psychotherapy?
Seeking help from a psychotherapist often involves a personal crisis, marital problems or a major life change. Thus, what compels a person to contact me is a sense that these problems would best be addressed with the assistance by someone who is caring and professionally trained.
How is analytic psychotherapy different from counseling and other forms of psychotherapy?
The names for specific approaches to psychotherapy may be confusing, but the critical factor, according to years of outcome research, is the relationship between therapist and patient. General psychotherapy tends to focus on identified symptoms, such depression, anxiety or psychological trauma. Analytic psychotherapy or analysis aims for a more open-ended process in which the patient/analysand can come to a deeper understanding of himself or herself. The term “counseling” often refers to more short-term treatment involving advice on everyday life issues.
What happens when someone calls for an appointment?
When I receive an initial call, I may offer information about insurance and fee arrangements. I generally suggest that we meet in person in my office for an initial consultation in which we can explore if I might be of help and if the caller finds that I might be someone they would feel safe and comfortable with.
What payments do you accept?
For patients with insurance that may pay for some portion of the treatment, I offer to file claims with their carrier. Other patients may wish to pay out-of-pocket, according to the fee negotiated. Some insurance, especially of the HMO variety, will only pay providers in their network. I have not joined any HMO networks.
An open-term treatment modality, analytic psychotherapy or analysis is uniquely suited to address a wide range of psychological problems and can be tailored to each patient’s personality and needs. It may be a way to address specific issues of a more short-term nature or serve a longer-term exploration beyond a specific agenda. In a collaborative effort, the therapist/analyst assists in realizing the roots of the person’s problems and strives for deepening the ability to integrate a new understanding of self.