Psychotherapy

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When people find themselves in distress it can often be extremely helpful to talk to a caring professional who listens in an objective, non-judgmental, and thoughtful way. I have 28 years of experience doing psychotherapy and have evolved an eclectic approach combining elements of psychodynamic, cognitive and behavior therapy in different ways to fit the needs of each individual who comes in for treatment.

Marriage, parenting or other life transitions often evoke difficult feelings from the past which are helpful to sort out in a neutral, confidential environment. Therapy provides a safe place to put into words thoughts and feelings which may have previously felt too complicated or scary to express. I believe there are important reasons for the things we do and feel, even when our feelings and behaviors do not seem to make sense. Coming for therapy can be difficult, but the potential benefits can be lasting and profound.

Psychotherapy may be brief, lasting just a few sessions, or it may extend over many years. It is a collaborative process in which you are an active participant. Confidentiality is an important part of the therapy process.

I accept many types of insurance including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tufts, United Behavioral Health, and Harvard Pilgrim.

In Psychodynamic therapy we look at how childhood and other past experiences affect how we function in the present. By becoming introspective and looking at patterns in our lives we try to bring to the surface our true feelings so that we can experience and understand them. Once you are aware of what is really going on in your mind the feelings will not be as confusing and painful and you will be more able to change old patterns.

Cognitive therapy teaches you to look at, and untangle negative and distorted thoughts that cause you to look at the world in a negative way that can lead to depression and anxiety.

Behavior therapy deals with changing self-defeating or destructive behavior patterns. It also teaches you how to calm your mind and body, so you can feel better, think more clearly, and make better decisions.

When combined into CBT, cognitive therapy and behavior therapy provide you with very powerful tools for stopping your symptoms and getting your life on a more satisfying track. Extensive research has demonstrated the effectiveness of these therapies.

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