But alas, we must collude and even collaborate with supercapitalistic fragile icky market place realities, while donning a masque of pleasant mutualities, or if not that, then convincingly smiling obeisances. There are other services which I offer beyond individual psychotherapy and which are of both valor and value to all parties. For example, if you are an attorney, as a provider of Worker Compensation Independent Medical Evaluations, I can assist in your pursuit of claims in conducting detailed evaluations which entail psychological testing and in-depth biopsychosocial evaluations. I can provide insightful, well-written reports about these evaluations. I am experienced in providing forensic evaluations, so I know how to phrase report interpretations so that judges and worker panels can understand the results. In this, either individuals or their lawyers can contact me directly. I do not operate in a "nut hut." You will never find gender-inappropriate pronouns littering my report, the sure signs of a boilerplate evaluation. You won't find typos or infelicitous phrasing. For your patronage, I offer much appreciation as well as evaluative excellence. So, please look at the contact information below.
There are many misfortunes which befall individuals in life as we know it. Still, we must adjust to these vicissitudes. Aging can be a psychic insult. Changes come unbesought and may be irreparable. One such change is visual deterioration, due to medical problems, genetics, or, just plain bad luck. Still, we must adjust to what cannot be prevented. The mere presence of others who have met similar fates can be a comfort in themselves. I can provide group psychotherapy to help individuals who have become visually impaired, and through group support and validation, adjust to what cannot be prevented or changed. In other words, I can do what a psychologist is meant to do. So, again, please look at my contact information.
Adult life is stressful. Stress merely means there is a change to be assimilated and accomodated. Being alive is a stress, not a medical condition to be prescribed pharmacological pill potions, with their poof and pufferies. Stress is a part of life. I can provide group therapy to help individuals who are too stressed to attain meaningful sleep--those who have problems falling asleep or staying asleep. In this relaxation group, the group learns and practices in-vivo facial yoga/relaxation techniques which may aid in helping them attain serene, soothing, and sonorous sleep stages.
Sigmund Freud started out seeing patients six days a week. Each session was 55 minutes. The arriving patient entered via one door; the departing patient left from another. In that five minutes, Freud would jot down his notes. After the First World War, he was in such demand that he could not possibly see one more patient. So his daughter suggested he start seeing patients for 50 minutes, five days a week. That allowed him to get another patient into the practice. A psychotherapy session was framed as lasting 50 minutes. Somehow, in America, the land that Freud considered a "mistake" the sessions were condensed into 45 minutes, three times a week. And psychotherapy became 45 minutes, once weekly. That was the first gigantic mistake--the idea that psychotherapy could be a convenience. The idea that people afraid of relationships, of "dependency" could be accomodated. Relationships are a form of dependency. Dependency is seen as toxic. Or a psychopathology. Or a "personality disorder." Symptoms arise to flee from such dependency, whether they be some form of anxiety-avoidance or depressive-isolation-avoidance. So the less contact, the more the symptoms are reinforced. And insurance complicates the issue, by mandating "independence." Psychotherapy is a relationship. Relationships entail dependency. No empirical research on shorter term therapy shows evidence for symptom reduction in fewer than 26 sessions. Anything less means that within weeks after the research ends, the person returns to therapy, but not with that therapist. The insurance company cherry-picks the research to meet their ideals of saving money so that their board members can see a good financial return. Insurance executives gain at the loss of their members mental health. Psychotherapy is not so much about dependency as about interdependency. Both parties rely on each other. The psychologist provides the setting, the frame, the solace in a session. The client makes appropriate use of it by respecting the setting and the frame and the type of relationship offered in a session. The client learns how to be more human, to tolerate the stress of interdependence within the relationship. And what's wrong with that?