“It is a joy to be hidden, but a disaster not to be found.” – D.W. Winnicott
We love to hide, to have our own private psychic and emotional lives, but most of us don’t wish to be forgotten by the world. Most of us wish, and desperately need, to be found. The need to be seen, to feel “gotten”, is one of the most powerful and necessary elements for healthy adult development and the cultivation of empathic awareness.
All of the men I have worked with have one thing in common – they faced an issue and they wanted a safe, understanding, and judgment-free environment where they could go to figure it out.
No matter what issue you are facing, I am here to help you through it.
What Will We Talk About In A Therapy Session?
Sessions are conversational, explorative, and compassionate. Although I have extensive and intensive training in theories, it is our therapeutic relationship that is most important for our journey. The relationship is where we can create a new, unique, and healing experience that models a secure attachment.
The list of issues and concerns that men see me for is unending. But the types of men’s concerns that I most commonly see and help with include:
- Work-related stressors
- Life transitions
- Work-life fulfillment
- Finance-related stressors
- History of trauma, abuse, or neglect
- Anxiety and/or Depression
- Marital transition
- Marital problems
- Infidelity (men and women)
- Marriage separation
- Dating and partner issues
WHAT TO EXPECT
What is psychoanalysis, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy?
Psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic psychotherapy are unique forms of intensive psychotherapy that foster personal development and liberation from unsatisfying or painful patterns of living. In pursuit of those goals, the individual in psychoanalytically informed therapy and the therapist work together in close collaboration. They pay careful attention to the interactions of personal and interpersonal experience, of past and present, of body and mind, of fantasy and reality. It is expected that such an in-depth exploration can set in motion a process of personal transformation.
What kinds of problems can this type of therapy address?
People seek psychoanalytically informed treatment for many reasons. Some want help with specific emotional problems, like depression, anxiety, or stress, or are seeking to come to terms with a painful or traumatic personal history. Others may feel stuck in distressing patterns that prevent them from feeling satisfied, from connecting with others, or from finding meaning in their lives. Many people simply desire a deeper self-understanding or greater creativity in their personal lives.
How are therapy sessions structured?
The therapeutic process depends on the establishment of a safe, confidential, and collaborative therapeutic relationship. The frequency of sessions in a psychoanalytically informed treatment typically ranges from one to five times a week, the minimum frequency being once weekly. Decisions about the duration of treatment, and frequency of sessions, are reached jointly between patient and therapist. Patient and therapist work together to understand the meaning of the patient’s emotional reactions, thoughts, memories, fantasies, dreams, images, and sensations in an effort to alleviate personal suffering and to expand the capacity for work, love, and creativity.
Who is a psychoanalyst?
Graduate psychoanalysts are licensed mental health professionals like psychologists, social workers, and psychiatrists who have had extensive postgraduate training in psychoanalysis. Psychoanalytic training consists of intense study and coursework, a personal analysis, and experience providing psychoanalysis under the supervision of senior analysts.