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Psychotherapy Modalities

Richard A Waldman MD is dedicated to educating patients on available treatment modalities. He provides both medication management and psychotherapy within his practice. Dr. Waldman uses an integrative approach to therapy. For his medication management patients that would benefit from working within a specific theoretical framework, Dr. Waldman frequently works collaboratively with other therapists in the community.

Gestalt Therapy

Like traditional "talk" therapy, gestalt techniques use discussion as a method of achieving psychological insights and emotional well-being. What makes Gestalt Therapy unique is that it incorporates mindful practice and creative action into the healing process as well. Gestalt Therapy techniques may include role-play, controlled movement, and creative visualization. Those seeking to break free of old patterns, assume control of their lives, and develop their core selves can benefit greatly from Gestalt techniques.

ISTDP (Intensive Short Term Dynamic Therapy)

INTENSIVE SHORT TERM DYNAMIC THERAPY is a synthesis of various therapeutic techniques which are geared towards achieving mental health goals as quickly as possible. This therapy is especially useful for those who have been unable to reach their goals with traditional psychoanalysis. An ISTDP therapist will challenge the patient to abandon self-defeating defense mechanisms. The next step is for the patient to acknowledge underlying emotions to both the therapist and themselves.The rewards of this therapy are dramatic and sustained healing in a relatively short period of time.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

CBT explores thoughts and actions that keep patients trapped in self-defeating patterns. The Cognitive Behavioral Therapy consists of a fixed number of sessions which normally range from eight to twenty; occasionally, a patient may require a lesser or greater number of sessions to receive the maximum benefits of this therapy. This is an action-oriented treatment, and patients are usually given assignments to complete between sessions. Over the course of the therapy, the patient learns to recognize and replace self-defeating thoughts and actions with more realistic and positive ones. This therapy is frequently used to treat anxiety disorders, certain mood disorders, and insomnia.

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Behavior Therapy

Behavior Therapy is a structured form of therapy that works to create objective and measurable changes in the patient’s daily life. The therapy works by employing a system of reward for positive action, and much of the Behavior Therapy’s healing work is done directly by the patient outside of the therapy sessions. The goal of this therapy is to clear the environmental roadblocks that can prevent one from nurturing the life the heart’s deepest desires. The old refrain of, “some day, I will” is replaced by “today, I am”. In addition to helping many patients create a more satisfying life, this therapy is remarkably effective for those with developmental disorders who are not able to participate in therapies requiring a greater level of self-awareness.

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Body Oriented Psychotherapy

Body Oriented Psychotherapy, also referred to as Somatic Therapy, regards mental illness as an imbalance that manifests itself on the physical, as well as emotional, level. Because it takes a physical form, mental illness can also be remedied through the body. Body Oriented Psychotherapy uses a combined approach of verbal communication and structured physical activities to inspire emotional healing. When a patient experiences depression or anxiety, these emotions can manifest in the form of body tension, teeth grinding, irregular breathing and unhealthy posture. Richard A Waldman MD’s specialized therapists use breathing, posture, mindfulness, and other physical exercises to help a patient become aware and capable of healing their emotional state. Body Oriented Psychotherapy is effective precisely because it uses multiple entry points into understanding the human psyche and moving toward total integration.

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Interpersonal Therapy

Interpersonal Therapy focuses on the current relationships a patient has with family members, colleagues, and other persons in the patient’s circle. There are both short and long term forms of this therapy. In the short-term, the therapist and patient meet on a weekly basis for several months. IPT-M, the longer maintenance form of this therapy, involves monthly sessions over a period of two to three years. This therapy can work wonders by uncovering the interpersonal sources of emotional discontent which often initiate or exacerbate depressive episodes. Once an area of stress has been discovered, the therapist and patient then move toward identifying and expressing the underlying emotions surrounding the stressor.

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Integrative Therapy

Individual therapies can offer highly effective treatment for certain specific illnesses. However, there is often a combination of mental illness and other factors, both mind and body centric, that affect an individual seeking treatment. Integrative Psychotherapy is used most often when a patient has several illnesses that are of pressing concern. This therapy uses an approach which combines various techniques from multiple therapeutic sources. Traditional “talk” therapy can be combined with Body Oriented Therapy, nutritional work, meditation and relaxation techniques, and physical exercise. Richard A Waldman MD is committed to offering our clients the most effective treatment available, and integrative techniques create a program suited to holistic treatment for each individual patient.

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Hypnotherapy

One of the strikingly effective therapies offered by Richard A Waldman MD is Hypnotherapy. It is important to note that although hypnosis and Hypnotherapy are similar pratices, they are not identical. This powerful therapy, often used in conjunction with other therapies for maximum benefit, uses classical hypnosis techniques administered by a specially trained mental health professional in order to achieve therapeutic benefit to the patient. In addition to treating mental disorders such as Major Depressive Disorder, Dysthymia, and Substance Abuse Disorders, this therapy can also be used to help ease the chronic pain of those who suffer from physical ailments such as arthritis and fibromyalgia. Contrary to popular understanding, hypnosis will not cause a person to act against their own will. Rather, it can be used to assist in revealing the patient’s true wishes and remove obstacles blocking the road to personal fulfillment.

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Topics in Psychotherapy

  • Gestalt therapy
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Intensive Short Term Dynamic Therapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Behavior therapy
  • Body Oriented Psychotherapy
  • Interpersonal Therapy
  • Integrative Therapy
  • Hypnotherapy