Some of my clients face issues such as depression, anxiety, or the impact of trauma. Others are coping with grief, loss, family conflict, or relationship struggles. Each person brings a unique history and unique aspirations to therapy. My approach is eclectic, drawing from many methods and mixing them in tailored ways for each client during the course of therapy. At the same time, I specialize in several modalities in which I have particularly deep training and experience: ISTDP (Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy), Somatic Experiencing, and Bioenergetic Analysis.
ISTDP: ISTDP (Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy) is a core approach for my work with many of my individual clients. There is substantial research support for the effectiveness of ISTDP in addressing a wide range of issues, including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, and physical problems with no apparent medical cause. ISTDP is designed to help people change more quickly and more comprehensively than other therapies. When it is suitable, ISTDP tends to be effective not only at alleviating symptoms but also at creating major personal advances such as enhanced self-confidence, an ability to experience and share a greater depth of feeling, more productive and fulfilling work experiences, and engagement in closer, more positive relationships. Learn more about ISTDP
Somatic Experiencing: Somatic Experiencing, a modality in which I have extensive training and am certified, enters into my practice in two ways. First, it is a powerful way to address the aftereffects of trauma, including PTSD, from a wide range of sources, including, but not limited to, auto accidents, physical injuries, surgery, anaesthesia, combat, natural disasters, physical abuse, and sexual abuse. Trauma cases are part of my practice, and I sometimes use a pure course of Somatic Experiencing as part of that work. Second, Somatic Experiencing is based on a series of body-oriented approaches that have general applicability. Going beyond merely talking about feelings to the visceral experience of feelings in the body is a crucial component in the success of many kinds of therapy. For example, experts have noted that ISTDP, discussed above, incorporates aspects as part of its central process that are very similar to some of the tools that were developed more systematically later as part of Somatic Experiencing. Learn more about Somatic Experiencing
Bioenergetic Analysis: Bioenergetic analysis, another modality in which I have extensive training and am a certified practitioner, centers on unconscious holding patterns in the body that reveal character tendencies that result from childhood experiences. It is both a diagnostic framework and a collection of therapeutic approaches that integrate body work with psychological awareness and meaning. In my practice, Bioenergetic Analysis serves as a primary approach in some cases, but typically I draw from it while simultaneously or principally applying other methodologies. Learn more about Bioenergetic Analysis
Negative family dynamics can become entrenched, seemingly unchangeable and a source of despair. Rest assured that despite appearances, significant progress and even total transformation are quite possible. I have helped families in serious states of conflict and disarray as well as others facing more modest problems break out of old patterns and move to a more satisfying and sustainable way of being. My approach is eclectic, drawing from various methodologies to the degree warranted by the case at hand, including, but not limited to, family systems modalities that emphasize family history and relationship triangles, structural family approaches that emphasize family subsystems and boundaries, and strategic family therapy methods that focus on family rules, patterns, and feedback loops. Although it sometimes is desirable to include the entire family in each session, I also work with smaller subsets such as parent-child or sibling-sibling.
Fees and Payments
The fee for both individual and family sessions is $186 per 60 minute hour, with a discounted rate of $180 per 60 minute hour when payment is made in cash or by personal check. Payment is due at the beginning of each session. Accepted forms of payment are credit cards, cash, and personal checks. Please make checks payable to “JS Marriage and Family Therapy PC”.
I am not on any insurance panels and am considered an out-of-network provider. Upon request, I will provide you with a statement that you can submit to your insurance company for out-of-network reimbursement. Please contact your insurance company for questions about coverage and reimbursement rates.
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