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Q.  What is your therapeutic approach?
A.   Perhaps the most frequently asked question I get is, “What is your modality” or “Theoretical Approach” to therapy?Although I find it most useful to use somewhat of an eclectic approach, giving the space and freedom to mold therapy around the client, I am most inclined to use the Self Psychology approach. Psychoanalytic theory has changed along with society and culture. The classical analytic theory ascribes to the belief that the mind of man is in a state that exists separately from the physical world.

In sharp contrast, Self Psychology proposes that it is predominantly one’s relation to his/her primary self-objects, and the surrounding environment, which will mold the human mind, and result in the behavioral patterns of an individual. In other words, Self Psychology addresses itself to relationships and their internalization, distortions and repetition.

Q.  Are your services confidential?
A.  All personal information discussed in therapy is completely confidential and cannot be released to a third party without your written consent, except under special circumstances when the law requires disclosure. For example: If you are a danger to yourself or others, elder abuse, child abuse or with a court ordered subpoena.

Q.  Is there a difference between having a male or female therapist?
A.  Some people feel more comfortable talking with a woman, others feel more comfortable talking with a man. A qualified therapist of either gender can be beneficial. It is important for you to be comfortable with your therapist. It is not uncommon to meet with several therapists before making a decision about with whom you want to work. The most important factor in your decision should be the qualifications a therapist has to assist in your individual needs.

Q.  Can psychotherapy enhance my creativity?
A.  Actors, writers, singers and others in the creative arts often discover they are more creative and/or
productive as a result of their personal growth and discovery in the therapy process.