How long does therapy last?
It depends. I’ve seen individuals make dramatic changes in less than six months and others have needed multiple years. It depends on how serious the nature of the problem is, how long the problem has existed and how committed to the process of therapy the person is. Some people see therapy as a meaningful, but time-limited phase in their life. Others come to see it as an ongoing commitment to their mental health akin to going to the gym on a regular basis.
What frequency do you recommend for therapy?
Every person brings something unique to the table so every situation is different. In the beginning, though, I generally recommend once a week. If it’s financially viable and appropriate, twice a week or more can speed up the process. But once a week gives us a chance to establish a rhythm and get a sense of what is going on. After some stabilization and progress has occurred, sometimes people ask to go to every other week and sometimes they ask to increase their frequency. It all depends.
Have you treated issues related to porn, sex addiction or unhealthy romantic attachments?
Yes, I have helped many people dealing with these specific issues. I am certified as a Specialist in Problematic Sexual Behavior (S-PSB) by the Society for Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH). I worked at a sex addiction treatment center for more than four years, where I developed programming, ran groups and provided clinical supervision. I present on the topic of problematic sexual behavior regularly and have served on committees that explore the theory and practice of addiction psychotherapy. I also specialize in working with substance use issues and use a highly customized and collaborative approach.
Do you only help people with addiction issues?
No. Although I’ve worked quite a bit with problematic sexual behaviors and substance use issues, I also have extensive post-graduate psychotherapy training and experience in treating common mental health issues including depression, anxiety, loneliness, lack of meaning or purpose, low motivation and commitment issues. Fortunately, I can apply my expertise in addictive behaviors to understand what leads to people feeling "stuck" and having difficulty breaking out of self-defeating life patterns. I also use a complex understanding of the mind from contemporary psychoanalysis and interactive strategies from experiential dynamic therapy to help clients realize deeper levels of transformation.
What are your hours?
I generally work from 1pm to 8pm Monday thru Thursday.
What kinds of payment do you take?
Credit cards, cash, checks and PayPal.