I am a psychodynamically-oriented therapist with over ten years of experience in the field. Much of my training came in college counseling centers and I spent several years as a staff psychologist at Fordham University’s Counseling Center. As such, I have extensive experience with this age range. I opened up a private practice in 2007 and began to gravitate towards work with psychosomatic issues, in part because the college age range tends to be rife with such issues. Through my own experience with PPD – after a number of failed interventions, I was lucky enough to be introduced to Dr. Sarno’s works. I have always been interested in the link between the mind and body, but in finding a solution for myself, I was thrilled to be able to bring a level of higher expertise to work with patients in this regard. In addition, I am currently considering getting analytic training, after seeing the benefits of this type of work personally.
PPD Training, Experience and Approach
I work collaboratively with patients, often in a more relaxed manner, using humor, warmth, and openness to build strong connections. I focus on helping patients gain flexibility in their emotional worlds and self-concept and have found this long-standing sense of interactions to be a good fit with thinking about PPD as well. I have long had an interest in psychosomatic issues, but have now read several books by Dr. Sarno. I am currently reading Eric Sherman and Fran Anderson's book, Pathways to Pain Relief. I have plans to read the full range of literature in this regard, including Dave Clarke, Howard Schubiner, etc.. I also am currently in supervision with Eric Sherman, which has been of immense help. I have found, to my pleasure, that my way of thinking about these issues fits with much of the literature quite well and adds to my confidence in my work.
When meeting with PPD patients, the first phase of therapy involves correct diagnosis and beginning to understand how to think about the body and mind in light of the diagnosis. Because I am not a medical doctor, I make sure that doctors have seen the patient and, at the very least, disconfirmed any clear or dangerous medical issue that could account for the symptoms. I am now building an active relationship with Dr. Ira Rashbaum and have referred several patients to him already for proper PPD diagnosis, which adds to the patient’s, and my own, level of certainty about this being the correct path. I then work psychoeducationally to orient the patient to their own bodies and minds and how TMS works. I discuss physical triggers and frequent misconceptions people have about their bodies and then help them to see the direct links they have between their emotional life and physical pain (of all kinds). Once this is established, I find that the symptoms lessen or disappear altogether, at least for a time. Then begins the work of the therapeutic work I do more generally, as the complicated emotional life that is revealed requires some processing and adjustments. In other words, we first work to gain flexibility and a new self-concept in relation to the body and how it talks to us and then extend this to all nuances of emotional life.