Psychotherapy

Angela Retano, RN, MS
Nurse Practitioner Psychiatry


Psychodynamic psychotherapy offers you the opportunity to find answers to your unhappiness. Evolving out of psychoanalysis, the focus of treatment is on fully understanding your emotions, thoughts and behaviors. As treatment progresses, you begin to make sense and understand how early life experiences have shaped your view of the world.

 

The premise of therapy is that your early way of viewing life forms the foundation of how you still approach relationships, stress, anxiety and challenges. Although these patterns are out of your awareness, they may have served to protect you from distress and discomfort in the past. Yet, as adults, they usually get in the way of how your world is.

 

Through learning self-awareness you begin to recognize and make sense of old repetitive patterns that are now interfering with your life and relationships.

Many treatments today, such as brief counseling or the use of medication, focus only on symptom relief in order to provide a “quick fix.” Just turn on the television and there are pharmaceutical commercials that feature cartoons that imply that feeling better is as simple as adding an additional medication. Intensive forms of treatment such as Psychodynamic Psychotherapy or Psychoanalysis can help you to understand what is getting in the way of life fulfillment. You may be highly educated, accomplished, and have found success in some areas of your life; yet, internally, you struggle to find meaning. The goal of treatment is to find answers, not just alleviate your symptoms, or provide you with a prescription, but to offer you lasting life changes in your life.