IS PSYCHOANALYTIC THERAPY RIGHT FOR ME?
There is no better way to know if psychoanalytic therapy is needed than to discuss the question with a psychoanalyst; however, most patients who benefit from psychoanalysis are seeking something beyond simple short-term problem solving or temporary support during a crisis. They have often tried other forms of therapy, unsuccessfully, to resolve long-standing conflicts and difficulties with self-identity, forming and maintaining close relationships, and achieving satisfaction and meaning in life. Psychoanalytic therapy is their next step in treatment.
WHAT IS PSYCHOANALYTIC THERAPY?
Unlike other forms of talk-based therapy, psychoanalytic therapy includes work on unconscious processes and the relationship between the therapist and the patient (transference). In general, psychoanalysis requires multiple sessions per week, and treatment extends for one year or more.
WHY IS PSYCHOANALYTIC THERAPY IMPORTANT?
Psychoanalytic therapy is the only form of talk-based therapy than can permanently change underlying character structure and resolve unconscious conflicts or injuries. This avenue of healing and growth is not available with cognitive or behavioral models of therapy.
WHAT BENEFITS CAN I EXPECT FROM BEING IN THERAPY?
Patients who receive medication management should expect a reduction in their symptoms. Patients who receive talk-based therapy should expect a more complete and accurate understanding of themselves, and a higher degree of contentment with their life.
DO YOU OFFER MEDICATION MANAGEMENT TO PATIENTS IN THERAPY?
Yes — although there may be benefits for a patient to see a different provider for therapy and medication treatment, when appropriate I do offer combined therapy and medication treatment.
DO YOU OFFER EVALUATIONS FOR ADHD?
Yes — for patients under age 18, two one-hour evaluation sessions (one with the child and one with the parent) are required. For adult patients, initial prescribing of stimulant medication may require collection and verification of collateral information, including an adult ADHD symptoms rating scale.
DO YOU ACCEPT INSURANCE?
No — all services are offered on an out-of-network basis, and payment is expected in the form of cash, check, or credit card at the end of each session. On request, statements will be provided to the patient for out-of-network reimbursement by the patient’s insurance carrier. To determine what your out-of-pocket cost is, you may call your insurance carrier and ask what out-of-network reimbursement rates are offered for an evaluation, medication follow-up, or therapy session with a psychiatrist.
DO YOU OFFER WORKERS COMPENSATION OR DISABILITY EVALUATIONS?
No — due to the conflict of interest involved in treating patients who wish to apply for medically-based government aid, I cannot assist with these processes.
HOW DO I START?
Every new patient is scheduled for a one-hour evaluation in the office (one additional hour with parents, if under age 18). Call my office to discuss scheduling an initial appointment.
WHERE DO I PARK?
Parking is available in the garage of 11500 West Olympic Blvd for $10/hour (no validation available). One and two-hour metered parking for $2/hour is available on the streets bordering the building. Two-hour free street parking can be found on the residential streets north of Olympic Blvd, such as Butler Ave. Pay attention to sign restrictions!