What is psychotherapy?
As we begin to understand our problems, our perspectives begin to change and the problems themselves change. And because we do not believe in a check-list approach to diagnosis at our practice, our approach to diagnosis is guided by caution, deeper understanding, often over longer periods of time. We will spend several sessions with you and together evolve an understanding of the issues and concerns you bring. After this period of evaluation, we will offer some suggestions as to the best approach and the best person to help you. Finally, evaluation, like therapy, requires a trusting relationship, grounded in our capacity for careful listening. This is a kind of listening defined not by listening for (if we listen for, we’ll hear what we expect to hear) but by our capacity to listen to.
What to expect on your first visit
You will find convenient and private parking behind 1164 Raritan. When facing the building from the parking lot, our offices are to your left. Enter through the back door, under the arbor. At the end of a long hallway you will find the waiting room, a quiet zone, where we ask you not to use your cell phones during your visit. Your therapist will meet you in the waiting room at the designated appointment time. In the consulting room, you can expect to start where you wish. The therapist will listen and start the process by wondering with you about the concerns causing you to contact us. In the first session you should expect to discuss your initial concerns, the fee, and the general framework for how we work. You will be given a packet of forms to complete and bring to the next visit. We make no assumptions about the problem, the treatment, or length of treatment: these are all to be discovered in collaboration.
In 2003 the British Museum launched an exhibit, Cradle to Grave by Pharmacopoeia , a display of the 14,000 medications (prescribed and over the counter) that the average British citizen will take in a lifetime. There’s no doubt that we are immersed in a world of drugs. And there’s not doubt that many millions of people are helped every single day by powerful chemical agents. But there’s also no doubt that drugs aimed at affecting our feelings, thoughts, and actions, do not work as readily as do those aimed at bacteria and viruses. And in recent years many have questioned the safety and efficacy of psychiatric medications. We are not anti-medication; but we do believe that many people do not benefit from them. Therefore, we work closely with our colleagues in medicine and psychiatry to make sure you’re receiving the best possible outcome.