Psychotherapy varies depending on the personalities of the psychologist and patient. A therapeutic relationship provides an opportunity for self-reflection and expressing feelings in the presence of a supportive listener. This may lead to taking emotional risks in relationships and the prospect for relating in a new way.

I work with a range of humanity, including; traumatic relationship and work endings, death of loved ones, oppressive situations, crushing anxiety, shame over one's identity, and the terror that long-ago trauma, neglect or abuse still brings to the present. 

Life circumstances and expectations of one's self can lead to self-loathing, or blocks expressed as anxiety, depression, and work or relationship issues. A therapeutic relationship can assist in short-term relief or long-term resolution, a more authentic self, and a richer or better life.

Many people feel they should be self-sufficient and are afraid or ashamed of being reliant on others. In order to hold on to a sense of self or to preserve a relationship, one may give up their needs, act in compulsive ways, or unconsciously bury or wall-off parts of them-self. This can be harmful. 

In therapy, these parts can be rediscovered or discovered for the first time. It provides an environment where one can access hidden or frozen feelings, which often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. 

Clinical Psychology and Psychoanalysis private practice areas include: 

Anxiety: stress, panic, obsessions, and rumination

Compulsions: substances, food, porn, sex, etc.

Creativity: artistic expression, vision, and blocks

Depression: mood swings, misery, and despair 

Loss: sorrow, grief, and deprivation

Personality: relationships, intimacy, and personal issues

Sex: preference, sexual activity, and gender

Trauma: developmental, neglect, abuse, and shock

The efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy [pdf] by Jonathan Shedler, Ph.D.

"Hailed as a contemporary classic and studied in clinical training programs around the world, this is the paper that firmly established psychodynamic therapy as an evidence-based treatment" (American Psychologist, American Psychological Association)

  • Empirical evidence supports the efficacy of psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Patients who receive psychodynamic therapy maintain therapeutic gains and appear to continue to improve after treatment ends.
  • The perception that psychodynamic approaches lack empirical support does not accord with available scientific evidence and may reflect selective dissemination of research. 

Where is the evidence for “evidence-based” therapy? [pdf] by Jonathan Shedler, Ph.D.

  • The term evidence-based therapy has become a de facto code word for manualized therapy—most often brief, highly scripted forms of cognitive behavior therapy. 
  • It is widely asserted that “evidence-based” therapies are scientifically proven and superior to other forms of psychotherapy. Empirical research does not support these claims.
  • Empirical research shows that “evidence-based” therapies are weak treatments. Their benefits are trivial, few patients get well, and even the trivial benefits do not last.
  • Troubling research practices paint a misleading picture of the actual benefits of “evidence-based” therapies, including sham control groups, cherry-picked patient samples, and suppression of negative findings.

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