A professional home for members of the Chicago psychoanalytic community
My interest in psychoanalysis began in college when I was challenged by a professor to explain my interest in 19th century thinkers. Since then I have become immersed in the process of change and how it occurs and have utilized that perspective in my clinical work. Along with that my interest in the creative artist and have worked clinically with many artists of different disciplines. The impact of loss of many different kinds has also become a focus for me, including sibling loss, parental loss, and loss of an infant by parents.
My approach begins with a mutual assessment whether the new patient and I can collaborate and are comfortable with each other. Without a sense of an alliance treatment quickly reaches an impasse and flounders. Along with that initial focus on being able to work together I explore the nature of the issues confronting an individual and come to a recommendation about frequency of treatment and use of medication. This portion of my approach is influenced by current psychoanalytic research and the assessment of what works best for whom. Length of treatment is a consideration which is determined by character style, depth of the issues needing treatment and how long the difficulty has been present; treatment can be tailored to the individual and can be weeks to years duration. An active, mutual interaction serves as a foundation for a successful outcome.