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- I approach all of my clients with immediate concern for relieving their troubling symptoms and resolving their current life problems. Even though my approach is psychoanalytic, I belong to a new school of relational and interpersonal psychoanalysis that has blossomed over the past twenty years. Rather than focusing primarily on past events, I help my clients integrate their past with their present. Understanding the genetic and environmental forces that shaped the persons they are today helps provide valuable insight and perspective on their current problems. Clients often present with problems in dealing with their emotions and are often seeking help in learning to understand, manage and express their feelings more effectively.
- I work to educate my clients about human nature, including the fact that we cannot control what we feel. This has recently been confirmed by neuroscience research, even though many people believe that they can control what they feel. What we can do is work to understand and accept our feelings, manage them better, and reduce their intensity if that is a problem. I tell my clients that even though they cannot control what they feel, most of the time they can control what they do.
- So my approach blends greater self-awareness with knowledge of how the mind works to help my clients take responsibility for changing their lives. I am an active participant in this process and do not hesitate to give feedback if the person I am working with is seeking it.