This web page is designed to answer some frequently asked questions about my practice in psychotherapy. Therapy is a significant commitment of time and energy. Psychotherapy is not like visiting your doctor in that it requires a very active involvement and an effort to change your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. To that end I primarily utilize a therapeutic approach in my treatment which addresses emotions, maladaptive behaviors and cognitive processes and content through a number of goal oriented, explicit systemic procedures. This process is aimed at a collaborative relationship to meet your treatment goals. There are no instant or passive cures. Therapy is an ongoing process between appointments. In addition to the utilization of cognitive behavioral therapy, I may also utilize clinical hypnotherapy as part of my treatment approach. This treatment modality is used in three (3) ways:
1. Encouraging the use of imagination. Mental imagery is a very powerful focused state of attention.
2. Hypnosis also presents ideas to the individual. In a state of concentrated attention, ideas that are compatible with what the individual wants seem to have a powerful impact on the mind.
3. This therapeutic tool also may be used for the unconscious exploration, to better understand underlying motivations or experiences that are associated with causing a problem.
Finally, I will not take on clients who in my professional opinion, I cannot help utilizing my treatment approaches. I will enter into our relationship knowing we will have a very successful outcome in treatment.
To that end, I provide psychotherapy for the following, but not limited to:
- Depressive Disorders
- Anxiety/ Worry; Perfectionism
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Anger Management*
- Stress Management**
- Relationship Abuse/ Trauma
- Substance Abuse/Dependence
- Men’s Issues
- Pain Management Psychotherapy***
- Self Esteem
- Adjustment Disorders
*Anger Management This psycho-educational program is provided on an individual basis to address the information needed to create a violence free relationship and make connections between the ways power and abuse are worked out in our lives. In addition, this program provides an understanding of how the individual’s training to perpetuate violence and to empower them to build a functional response to violence. This program is designed and developed around the individual’s clinical need.
** Stress Management Stress is something that every person experiences. Stress can become overbearing or chronic. However, through stress management therapy, individuals can overcome excessive stress by focusing on behaviors that cause negative feelings. Individuals undergoing cognitive behavioral therapy for stress management will learn to recognize thoughts that create stress and combat those thoughts with logical statements and positive behaviors. Stress management interventions will vary from individual to individual dependent upon what works best for that person.
*** Pain Management Psychotherapy In my practice with pain management, I work in conjunction with your treating physician to effectively address the issues that create the discomfort you are experiencing. Psychotherapeutic approaches to the individual experiencing pain vary depending upon whether the person is suffering from acute, continuous, or chronic pain. In my practice I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnosis, as well as supportive therapy as clinically indicated. The goal of the therapy is to help the individual to learn to live with his or her pain more positively.
Appointments are routinely one (1) hour in length. These appointments are generally available Monday through Thursday from 9:00 am to 7:30 pm. Appointment times can vary based on the individuals need and can be discussed when calling for the initial appointment.
Office Address: 615 Howard Avenue, Suite 214
Altoona, PA 16601
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 228
Altoona, PA 16603-0228
Office Telephone: (814) 944-9534
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org