My Approach

I aim to develop a trusting, safe and non-judgmental therapeutic relationship to successfully treat you.  My role will be to assist you in creating a new perspective and guide you through your particular challenges in order to improve your quality of life. 

 

The source of my counseling approach is psychodynamic in nature, drawing from Attachment Theory, Object Relations Theory, Self-Psychology Theory and Interpersonal Theory. Incorporating Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and stress management techniques to my practice, they assist in alleviating distressing thoughts and emotions in the present moment. 

 

Whether our treatment choice includes one or more methods, please know that we will make one specialized according to your individual needs.  

Ronald Lawrence LCSW, PLLC

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is based on the premise that we are motivated by wishes, thoughts, fears, and conflicts that are out of our awareness.  By the time we’re adults, we have developed patterns that are fairly fixed, and changing them is not so easy.  This elicits ways of thinking about ourselves and our interactions with others in maladaptive ways. 

 

Using a combination of supportive counseling and specific uncovering techniques, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy offers people a chance to create new ways of thinking and behaving in order to improve the quality of their lives.  This process can be referred to as “reactivating development”.   

 

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy can have long lasting benefits, in which the benefits can continue to grow even after treatment has ended.  Psychodynamic Psychotherapy can be used for multiple concerns, including:  relationship issues, anxiety, depression, stress-related physical complaints, components of perfectionism and internal blocks or feelings of being “stuck”.  

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy is a structured, person-centered form of psychotherapy.  The goal is to modify unhelpful patterns of thinking and behaving.  CBT is often most helpful when used in conjunction with other forms of therapy.  CBT is effective at treating depression, anxiety - related disorders, including phobias and OCD, substance use disorders, PTSD and Bipolar Disorders.

Motivational Interviewing (MI) 

Motivational Interviewing is a person-centered, non-judgmental approach that is often used to address substance use, addictive behaviors and the management of chronic illnesses.  The goal is to enhance internal motivation to prevent behaviors that have been causing unhelpful outcomes and from making healthier choices in order to to assist you begin to prepare and take action for healthier results.

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