I am a psychologist in private practice in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who is board certified in psychoanalysis by the American Board of Professional Psychology. In 2012 I was elected to Fellow status by the American Psychological Association for my contributions to psychology on a national level. I am also a Fellow of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. I have been in private practice for over 30 years and give lectures and workshops both nationally and internationally. I am the author of three books, several book chapters, and numerous journal articles and book reviews. I am passionate about the change process and have made it my life’s work to innovate psychodynamic techniques, making the process more interactive and collaborative.
My books and papers, as well as workshops and lectures, are devoted primarily to this subject and are aimed at helping therapists to become more engaged with their clients. Psychotherapy or psychoanalysis are not passive activities. Psychotherapy is most successful when the therapist and client are a good match, meaning they can speak easily to each other and feel comfortable with each other. Then they can collaboratively begin the process of addressing the patient’s issues, and the deep emotions that typically accompany them, and decide together on the goals of treatment.
I see clients/patients a minimum of once per week for psychotherapy and twice per week for psychoanalysis. The frequency of visits promotes a safe, structured, predictable environment that allows patients to consciously and unconsciously anticipate the opportunity to temporarily let down their defenses. This frees them to experience buried emotions associated with the problems of living they are currently bringing to treatment. Self-awareness and the ability to know and feel deep emotions typically lead to greater integration, maturity, and a sense of being in control of one’s life that may have been elusive in the past.
The typical presenting problems that I offer help with are:
Anxiety (Including frequently under-diagnosed separation anxiety)
Guilt and shame
Difficulties with managing and expressing emotions
Problems with maintaining relationships
Problems with authority figures (usually job-related)
Companion fears of success and failure
Marital problems (I see both individuals and couples)
Grieving and loss
I am not trained to work with children or people with current addiction problems, current eating disorders, or psychotic disorders, and typically refer patients with these issues to specialists in those areas.