There are many different types of therapy and many different types of therapists, so in order to choose the right therapist for you it is important to understand how they work
The work that I typically do with my patients is called Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Therapy, though I also accent this approach with existentialist considerations. Traditional psychodynamic therapists focus on helping the patient develop insights into their motivations, character structure, and interpersonal style of relating to others. When patients develop insight, they gain a greater understanding of their problems and the reasons why they behave, think, and feel the way they do. However, contemporary psychodynamic therapists, like myself, believe that understanding one's problems is only one piece of this project. Our work places equal emphasis on emotional expression and human relatedness.
Psychodynamic therapists concentrate on the inner meaning of one's experience, which is different from other types of treatments that focus more singularly on symptom reduction or symptom suppression. I believe what makes psychodynamic therapy superior to other therapies is that it offers a robust explanatory framework to understand and help those experiencing many forms of emotional distress. Notably, this approach also privileges relational dynamics - both between the patient and their significant others as well as between the patient and the therapist. Enduring change is promoted by focusing on these type of relational experiences since we are the product of our social environment. With my patients, I explore the way that they relate to their friends, their co-workers, their family, and to me.