Welcome to About Psychotherapy (or "counseling" if you prefer). My goal in creating this site is to explain
psychotherapy in clear and accessible language -- to demystify the whole subject, without trivializing it. (I'm following Albert Einstein's recommendation to
"make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler".)
In reading through these pages, you can learn about depression, phobias, anxiety, panic, obsession, attention deficit, learning disability, post traumatic stress, and many other problems including the difficulties
we humans seem to have getting along with each other and building relationships; there are also sections on behavior therapy, cognitive therapy, children and adolescents, couples, biofeedback, and many more.
Primarily, though, you will come away understanding psychotherapy: What it is, how it works, why go, why stop (and when), and what should and should not happen there.
Psychology, especially psychotherapy, does not translate well into sound bites. A little background is going to make all of the material much clearer. I urge you, therefore, to resist temptation:
Don't jump straight to "Choosing a therapist", "When to stop",
or whatever else catches your eye on the index page. Instead, try going in the order presented, at least through the first 10 or 12 headings.
Also please avail yourself of the many links to case examples and further discussions. Particularly if something seems simplistic, obvious, or vague, these links should be a big help. Some of the case examples are rather long as they illustrate more than one or
two points. Don't feel you have to stay with the case from beginning to end. They will be referred to several times so you'll find your way back to them when they are relevant. I have of course changed the names and identifying information to protect patients' confidentiality.
Finally, take your time with the site. There is a lot of material and none of it is advertising. Psychotherapy is sometimes a
difficult subject to absorb. You may not understand everything at first reading. But if you let yourself explore, you will
find many of your
questions answered. After reading the site, you will understand why depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive symptoms, phobias,
and the many problems and stresses that invade people's relationships, careers, sexual functioning, family life,
parenting - in short many of the problems
that come with being human - can be productively understood and eased
by a single overriding feature of psychology and psychotherapy. Of course, attention deficit, obsessive behavior,
phobias, panic, depression, bipolar disorder, and even problems with anger in relationships may have
physiological components as well. Sometimes medication helps. But psychotherapy can effect remarkable change, with or
without medication as an adjunct, if only you're lucky
enough to work with someone good at it. The site will help you find that kind of therapist.
This web site will be updated periodically, as your comments and questions come in, so please come back from time to time.
Feel free to email any thoughts or you leave me a confidential message at 212-774-9499. If you have a question, you can click on the "Ask a Question" link at the bottom of the index on the
left, and follow the instructions. It will take one to two weeks for me to respond.
I've also added a blog elaborating on the material presented in this website. There you can find additional session exerpts, vignettes,
updates, and reflections, as they arise in sessions and in daily life.
About the Author
Bennett Pologe, Ph.D.
I am a clinical psychologisthave a look at credentials
to see just what that means and why its importantlicensed
in New York state. Over the years, Ive managed to work with
just about every kind of patient there is. Ive worked in city,
state, and private hospitals, in community mental health centers,
foster care agencies, schools, nursing homes, special education
for the neurologically impaired, group private practice, the VA
system, nursing homes, and in Head Start programs. I also did a
stint on cable television as a relationship consultant, and Ive
published some clinical research.
My office location:
330 West 58th street suite 601
New York, NY 10019
Tel: 212-774-9499 (all messages kept strictly confidential)
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