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Expertise in Severe Emotional Conditions

Some of the strongest, most resilient people I have met are those who live with conditions such as schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and severe personality disorders. I have experience practicing psychotherapy with clients who struggle with severe emotional conditions in both inpatient and outpatient continuing day treatment settings, as well as private practice.

Living with a severe condition can make it challenging to keep up with relationships, work, and self-care. Friends and family at times may become frustrated by the unusual beliefs and actions of a person with a serious psychological condition. I find it particularly engaging to join with a client in an attempt to see the world through their eyes. What may otherwise seem bizarre or incomprehensible typically has great meaning for the individual. The collaborative process of elucidating such meanings can go a long way toward making life more manageable. Decoding such meanings through the process of therapy often results in identification of unmet needs, communications to significant others, or other areas that may be targeted for growth and development. By learning more adaptive ways of getting needs met and communicating with others, therapy may result in improved functioning in work and relationships.

For clients who have ever been hospitalized for a psychiatric condition, I may be able to help not only prevent a relapse but also return to functioning effectively in your relationships, home life, and work. When necessary, appointments may be scheduled at a greater frequency than once per week. I maintain professional relationships with several local psychiatrists, and together can collaborate to provide the highest quality outpatient treatment. While medication may ensure a certain level of stability, psychotherapy can help you recover your life. Psychotherapy can help not only with symptom relief but also getting back on a track of personal growth, development, and life satisfaction.

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