What Is Psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is an interactive process that allows for the delivery of
emotional help, guidance, insight, nurturence and clarity to life situations,
crises and dilemmas. Psychotherapy can be thought of as a partnership
between the therapist and the patient in which they search together for
greater understanding and freedom from what may be causing hurt, fear,
pain, depression, anxiety, loneliness, estrangement, hopelessness, frustration
and/or the lack of meaning in ones life.
What Is My
Orientation? I bring a wealth of life experience to my practice in
addition to considerable psychological studies, training, and clinical
experience. My therapeutic orientation can best be termed "eclectic"or
an integration of therapeutic techniques drawn from several "schools"
of psychotherapy. I am most closely aligned with the principles and theory
of Existential-Humanism. Psychotherapists in this tradition believe that
people have an innate capacity for positive growth, self-determination
and self-actualization, tend to focus more on current behaviors, and view
therapy as involving an authentic, collaborative, and egalitarian relationship
between therapist and client. Therapy is centered on the existing person
and oriented to the unique being or essence as it emerges, becomes, and
unfolds. The therapist is a facilitator of change in the client's work.
Existential-humanistic psychology draws from a romantic and philosophical
lineage that emphasizes a person's subjective capacities for choice, will,
insight, compassion, love and other qualities that give and bring meaning
to our lives. Therapy focuses on the quest for meaning, purpose, faith
and consciousness in the context of engaged living. Change and growth
are essential elements in ones unfolding. Change and growth may involve
what may be called the "existential crisis" which is to wait
and tolerate the emptiness of not knowing who we are, to face the abyss
of nothingness. In facing the abyss and the confusion of being lost, we
can then discover our freedom. Healing from this perspective is to make
whole or to repair the fragmentation that an individual may be experiencing.
This can take considerable work and time.
In addition to my psychotherapy practice, I am an expert in the use of clinical biofeedback for wide arrays of stress related illnesses and have been using this tool since 1974. I am a Senior Fellow of the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America and am twice a past president of the Biofeedback Society of California. My work hours are divided fairly evenly among doing psychotherapy, counseling and clinical biofeedback. Some clients chose to receive all of these services from me.
I am a "world class" yachtsman and was captain of both my college basketball and lacrosse teams. I enjoy helping athletes, musicians and artists with peak performance issues.
Finally, I am a husband and a father, and I believe in the value and importance to maintaining vital mental health to commit to and regularly engage in work, relaxation, fun, good diet, exercise, and activities that feed ones soul, to the extent that is physically and emotionally possible.
Length of Therapy and Progress in Therapy: Therapy is a joint effort, the result of which cannot be guaranteed. Progress depends on many factors, including motivation, effort and other life circumstances such as your interactions with family, friends, and other associates. Despite our best efforts, matters can get worse, as well as better. The time that is required for us to complete our work varies with the individual. Length of therapy and progress are proper subjects for periodic evaluation.
and Missed Appointments: Your appointment time is your exclusive time.
I generally expect payment at the time of each session, and require twenty-four
hours notice on a cancellation (and in the case of Monday appointments,
the cancellation needs to be in by the preceding Friday) in order not
to incur a charge for a missed session. Managed care clients will be required
to pay their co-pay for missed sessions. I am certainly not rigid about
this, and I am usually understanding of emergencies that may have necessitated
a late cancel. My fees are subject to change and are currently $140 per
hour. I do adjust my fee for individuals needing special consideration.
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