I provide individual psychotherapy from a psychoanalytic perspective. To be clear–this is not the old-fashioned Freudian silent treatment! Psychoanalysis is a type of therapy that focuses on getting to know you in a very deep way, and on building a therapeutic relationship that serves as a space where you can explore yourself and how you came to be the person you are. The psychotherapy research literature strongly suggests that the relationship between patient and therapist is often the most critical factor in the success of a treatment; it also suggests that psychoanalysis can provide the deepest and longest-lasting change of any therapy.
As a result, my primary focus as a therapist is on building a strong relationship with you, one where you feel safe–safe enough to be vulnerable, safe enough to be challenged, and safe enough to grow. Most of my patients have experienced profound injuries in their most important relationships, and have often had their boundaries horribly crossed. They have often felt unseen, even discriminated against, in other treatments. I do my best to provide patients with a different type of relationship, and thus a different type of therapy.
This kind of therapy is a big investment of time, energy, and–depending upon the nature of your insurance–money. I generally work with patients for years, and a great many of my patients choose to come to therapy multiple times a week. It is a major undertaking, for both of us.
Since 2020, I have conducted my practice entirely via tele-health, and expect to continue practicing this way for the foreseeable future. I have found that, on the whole, doing therapy by phone or video-call works at least as well as (and sometimes better than) in-person treatment for many patients.
To begin, I usually like to schedule a free consultation to have a discussion with a potential patient about their needs and questions. Then, we can meet on a trial basis for several sessions to make sure that you feel comfortable with me.
My fee for all clinical services is $200 an hour. I generally raise my fee by 5-10% every 1-3 years. I am open to offering a sliding scale, when the composition of my practice makes this possible–please don’t hesitate to ask about this. I am especially open to slide on my fee for psychotherapy trainees and other healthcare professionals. I am not an in-network provider for any insurance companies, but I will provide you with all the paperwork you need to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.