If you are reading this, you most likely are living in emotional pain. Maybe you’ve tried some quick fixes. The sea of services, programs and regimens is crowded. Many options exist but, again, if you’re here then none of them have “worked” for you.
I’m a physician and psychoanalyst with over 40 years of experience. In that time, I’ve watched the coming and going of many forms of treatment. Personally, I trained during the ”olden-days” of psychiatry. That was a time when the story of a person’s upset was valued and her feelings were explored with empathy and understanding rather than quickly – often blindly – medicated away. We were taught to honor people’s feelings, whatever they might have been. We learned that the relationship between our patients and ourselves was an essential part of the healing process. We didn’t shun medication. We used the few medications we had when they seemed indicated. Of even greater importance perhaps, we learned when medication was not indicated. That’s a far different orientation than many psychiatrists have today.
Because of my training and experience I’m in the unique position of being able to create an informed opinion about which treatment—psychotherapy, medication, or a combination of the two—is the better path for you. In my assessments, I trust in the enduring strength embedded within the human condition. My experience tells me that relief for your emotional pain is usually possible through a patient-therapist partnership that is established in an understanding, safe, and trusting environment.