Psychotherapy can effectively treat many psychiatric disorders or can be used as an adjunct to medication management. Therapy can assist an individual in making gradual, meaningful and measurable changes toward a more fulfilling life. Through psychotherapy one can achieve increased self-esteem, mood stability, enhanced coping skills and increased insight. Dr. Waldman uses an integrative approach to therapy that considers the individual needs of the patient as well as the issues being addressed. In the first session, Dr. Waldman will review with you your treatment objectives and conduct an in depth clinical interview. Based on this information, he will develop a treatment plan that addresses your presenting issues and goals for treatment. At this point, he will recommend psychotherapy, medication management or a combination of both. Your input and personal preferences will be a key part of the process and will inform the final treatment plan. Based on the issues addressed in therapy, Dr. Waldman may incorporate aspects of psychodynamic, interpersonal, and systemic theory to explore early experiences and current dynamics that impact your functioning and mental health. These supportive, insight oriented treatment modalities can result in increased self-awareness, personal growth, and positive changes in relationships. Dr. Waldman may also incorporate aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Behavioral Therapy to address maladaptive thoughts and behaviors. These techniques utilize cognitive restructuring exercises and behavioral interventions to achieve positive change.