Psychotherapy is a tool that can be used in a variety of circumstances, ranging from being unable to change or adapt while understanding that change is necessary to having a disorder that requires professional diagnosis and help. In a clinical setting psychotherapy can be compared to medication or other clinical options. Just like different kinds of medication there are different kinds of psychotherapy. For the most part, I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy and I will be happy to discuss with you if this is an appropriate choice for your specific circumstances. If it is, we will work together and if it is not, I will refer you to a provider who is most appropriate for your goals.
Rigorous studies were conducted to investigate the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy. Just three examples of these studies are available here:
- The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
- The Empirical Status of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy – An Update
- Psychodynamic therapy meets evidence-based medicine: a systematic review using updated criteria
For a more complete list of research publications on this topic, please refer to:
When your goal is not necessarily clinical, for example when you wonder if you are on the right path professionally and personally, or if you would like to feel purpose and fulfillment in your life, it is somewhat more difficult to determine if psychotherapy is effective. What we will do together is try to establish clear and attainable goals of treatment that correspond to your life goals. During the course of our work we will be discussing if you find the treatment to be meaningful. We will make necessary changes as needed along the way, such as fine tuning the goals and formulating new ones when current goals are reached. I will need your feedback, both positive and negative, on how the work is going. I am hopeful that you find this experience useful.