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A Psychodynamic Approach
At the core of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is the idea that we are not always aware of what is causing us distress. We spend the majority of our time in consciousness and presume consciousness to be the reality. However, we also have past experiences and are not always able to see how these experiences affect us in the present moment.
An over-simplified example: If a dog bit you as a child, it would make sense if you are afraid of dogs now. But when you see a dog on the sidewalk and become afraid, you're most likely not consciously thinking back to the specific dog that bit you, but that this particular dog now is making you afraid. The emotion (fear) from the past experience, shows up in a similar experience (encountering a dog) but different situation (different dog). Similarly, other experiences from our past influence us today, in less obvious ways.
The most common area affected by these past experiences is in relationships including your relationship with yourself, with romantic partners and even family, friends, colleagues and bosses. We often find ourselves continually repeating the same patterns, feeling stuck and unable to get our needs met, or feel unable to meet the needs of those around us. The goal of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy is to bring these past experiences to the surface, to see how they are inhibiting your success in relationships, life and business, and then to help you find a more successful way forward.
About Patrick Rettig
For me, counseling isn't a job, it's a calling. Everyone of us is led along a path of experiences that shapes us into who we are. Even the career path we choose is shaped by our past and the values instilled along the way. One of the values that secured my path to being a counselor was the value that each person has a unique perspective and the need for that perspective to be heard, understood, and recognized as real.
As I followed this value counseling became a clear path for me to help other people tell their story. I received a BA in Psychology at Ohio University and MA in Counseling at The Ohio State University. I soon realized that not all therapeutic approaches aligned with my values and experiences. While modern era approaches like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can offer temporary, short-term relief, I found myself drawn toward depth-oriented approaches that offer explanations and treatments for what causes symptoms. For example, if there is a recurring puddle on the floor, mopping it up is only a temporary fix (treating the symptom/CBT); finding the source of the leak and repairing it is a longer lasting and more effective treatment (Psychodynamic Psychotherapy).
Darian Leader, a psychoanalyst practicing in London, puts this clearly in his work on depression:
"To treat depression on the same model as, say, an infection requiring antibiotics, is always a dangerous decision. The medicine will not cure what has made the person depressed in the first place, and the more that the symptoms are seen as signs of deviance or unadapted behavior, the more the sufferer will feel the weight of the norm, of what they are supposed to be",(Leader, The New Black, p.3)
Psychodynamic Psychotherapy allows for us to explore your unique symptoms and the memories and experiences from your past that contribute to these symptoms today. There is a reason we as humans experience anxiety, depression, obsessions, addictions and other symptoms. Our goal is to uncover these reasons, bring them into conscious awareness, and give you more freedom to break the patterns that continue to cause symptoms today.
Do you accept Health Insurance?
I am not accepting Health Insurance at this time. However, some Health Insurance Providers will reimburse you for what they cover depending on your plan. The best option is to contact your Health Insurance Provider and ask if they provide reimbursement for out-of-network mental health care providers.
Is tele-health or video counseling secure?
For client's seeking online counseling, I use a HIPAA compliant service through Thera-Link. Thera-Link is designed for mental health counseling and comes with protective measures to secure your protected health information. For more information, click here.
Is therapy confidential?
The short answer, yes, what we discuss is confidential. However, there are a few exceptions where confidentiality does not apply in order to protect you and the safety of those around you:
- If there is imminent danger to you or others
- If there is child abuse, elderly abuse, or abuse of vulnerable persons
- If you request information be shared with another party
How much does therapy cost?
My rate for individual and online counseling is $150 per 50 min session. Accepted payments include cash, check and certain electronic payments.
What should I expect in the first session?
First sessions are an opportunity for us to get to know each other, and for us to discuss what is bringing you in for therapy. We'll discuss some background information, goals for therapy, and any other questions you may have.
Can therapy really help?
Yes, therapy can really help. However, as a clinician I can not guarantee results. In my experience most client's find having a space to really be themselves and discuss things they can't with other people relieves a lot of tension. Given the nature of this work, sometime's we'll be exploring things that are uncomfortable, or memories we don't want to think about which can lead to negative feelings. Sometime's the negative feelings come back stronger before they get better; the imagery that comes to mind is cleaning a wound, sometimes it hurts, but it's necessary in order to heal properly.