STEWART HOCKENBERRY, Ph.D. Psychologist * Philadelphia

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What is Psychodynamic Psychotherapy?

 
"Psychodynamic" refers to an emphasis on addressing the emotional and often unconscious motivational undercurrents affecting our habits and choices. This psychoanalytic orientation employs a range of therapeutic modalities and techniques to bring about change and greater life satisfaction. It is a comprehensive approach that engages both the symptoms and the sources of a problem. The length of treatment with respect to time (e.g., weeks, years) and frequency of sessions (once a week or more) depends upon the depth and scope of the issues involved.

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The Question of Medication:

 
Although many who pursue psychotherapy will have no need for medications, its judicious use may be beneficial in some cases as an adjunct to psychotherapy. Where significant depression or anxiety is involved, research has consistently found the most effective and lasting treatment approaches combine psychotherapy and medication. When there is an agreement that medications might be appropriate, I will work in collaboration with one's psychiatrist or physician in monitoring the effectiveness of medications.

For an introductory overview on the use and nature of psychiatric medications:

http://www.healthyplace.com/site/ psychiatric_medications.htm

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Confidentiality:

Psychotherapy provides a private space for addressing all that can be part of one'ss experience. For this to be possible, confidentiality must be strictly observed (what is said in the session remains there). However, there are some important exceptions when confidentiality may be set aside:

* when a client requests in writing that specified details of treatment be communicated to a designated party such as one's employer or insurance company,

* when clients pose an immediate risk to the welfare of themselves or others,

* when there is evidence of child abuse.

For information concerning the practice of psychotherapy, ethical concerns, and topical issues in psychology, the American Psychological Association is an excellent resource:

http://www.apa.org

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Stewart Hockenberry, Ph.D. * 255 South 17th Street, Suite 1909* Philadelphia, PA* USA * 19103