I am a psychologist and a psychoanalyst. How we work depends on the concerns that you bring to therapy. Psychotherapy can be cognitive with the intent to change attitudes, perceptions, and ways of thinking. It can be behavioral and try to modify behavior, and include stress management and relaxation. It can be interpersonal and focus on relationship patterns and issues. Psychotherapy can also be psychoanalytic, paying attention to your life history and repeating patterns that block further development.
I find out what your present concerns are. Your history helps me understand the person you became and how it influences your present life. I also find out how you take care of yourself, who your relationships are, how you occupy your time, and what your preoccupations are.
Whether we work with dreams or not, I may ask you to tell me the dreams that you remember. I help you uncover what contributes to your difficulties and look for options for change and ways to improve your well-being. The latter may include teaching you to work with breath and mindfulness (sometimes called meditation).
In psychotherapy and counseling we can address many concerns: Anxiety, panic, depression, difficulty concentrating, lack of energy, nightmares, poor sleep, exhaustion, trauma, menopause, stress, chronic pain and arthritis, chronic health issues, grief and loss, life transitions, midlife, elders, staying in alcohol recovery as well as the many difficulties of relationship: communication, family strife, and lack of intimacy.