In one-on-one psychotherapy, I focus on understanding patients and helping them to better understand themselves. The basic goal is insight into the issues and conflicts that give rise to symptoms and to help work towards optimal functioning and solutions.
Therapy is essentially a conversation between the patient and therapist, but topic selection is largely up to the patient. The work is done in a warm, friendly and caring atmosphere with a focus on the patient’s feelings and/or behaviors and goals. The key to success is the development of a trusting and confidential therapeutic relationship.
The technique used is largely determined by the kind of problems and/or conflicts presented. For me, the most commonly used techniques encompass psychodynamic psychoanalysis, behavioral schools and/or cognitive theories as well as mindfulness and a focus on wellness. After the initial sessions, a plan of treatment that will best meet the patient’s needs is mutually developed.
“Phoebe, I feel so fortunate to have found you. Though I know that my struggle pales in comparison to the hardships others face, you seemed to forever respond to my fears and doubts, all the while trusting my perceptions and validating their real-ness in my life….making your presence, open-heart, and confidence all the more meaningful.”
- Marital and interpersonal problems
- Individual and family relationships
- Trust and intimacy issues
- Loss and grief
- Career difficulties