A doctor once told me that no one gets through medical school without being at least a little obsessive-compulsive.
In this way, many of the roles we play in life have the potential to get away from us and progress to symptoms that may debilitate us or cripple our relationships with others: the parent who wants their child to succeed but becomes overbearing and controlling, the executive whose best personality assets of foresight and action become destructive manic and hypomanic episodes, or the partner who just wants their relationship to work even if it means pretending that there aren't problems with their spouse and becomes depressed and anxious as a result of their denial.
These are a few of the many different conditions that I assist my patients with on a daily basis. I utilize a combination of insight oriented, mindfulness-based, and cognitive behavioral techniques to reduce symptoms and increase contentment.
Most clients are seen without psychotropic medications. Those patients who determine with me that they might benefit from medication are referred to a board certified psychiatrist, advanced practice psychiatric nurse, or similar medical professional for evaluation and medication management.
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I have worked with many troubled couples who felt like their relationship was in jeopardy if they could not resolve differences between them. In couples' treatment I always take the side of the relationship and not of the individuals. My goal is to create an environment where differences can be explored in a thorough and respectful manner so that each member of the couple can develop a fuller understanding of his/her partner's motivations and needs that are experienced as irritating and caustic in the day-to-day life of the couple.
Fortunately, the immediacy created by working with both partners at once generally allows us to successfully cover a great deal of ground in a relatively short period of time. The partners learn to accept the realistic needs of their partner and to advocate for their own needs; they learn to set healthy boundaries and to work cooperatively for the sake of their relationship.