1812, 2019

The First Goal of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy : Symptom relief

Symptom Relief Symptoms are those specific problems that cause a disturbance in a person’s life. Examples include tearfulness, excessive sadness, numerous worries, difficulties controlling one’s worries, withdrawal, reduced concentration, inability to focus well, excessive restlessness, sleep problems, etc. The first objective of psychotherapy, as you can imagine, is to relieve these symptoms that initially bring the patient to treatment. In my experience, symptom relief for most conditions occurs about as [...]

1812, 2019

Goals of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

Goals of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy In the initial assessment session, I usually ask my patients what their goals are for therapy? Some patients have a hard time articulating what they hope to get out of therapy. So I rephrase my question to something like, “If after a year of coming to weekly therapy this was working for you, how would you know it? What would be different for you?” I see [...]

1812, 2019

My Approach To Diagnosis

My Approach To Diagnosis For me, diagnosis is not just an intellectual exercise, based solely on described symptoms. I diagnose by empathic immersion in the subjective experience of the individual asking for my expertise, as well as the structured exploration of what that individual provokes in my own subjectivity. Psychoanalytic diagnosis is the task of understanding another human being. It requires a more holistic, subjective, interactional sensibility than merely obtaining [...]

1812, 2019

How do you break the cycle?

Yes! By changing your thought patterns! Our emotional history has created thought patterns and conditioned responses based on events in the past - and in times of high stress, this is the fastest and easiest way the mind knows how to “see” events. “Emotional history trying to recreate the past” is the very Freudian notion of “repetition compulsion.” The battle becomes realizing and breaking the pattern of conditioning.   If [...]

1812, 2019

The concierge program

A program with a tremendous amount of flexibility.  A high level of service above and beyond traditional therapy   More than 3000 High Executives have dealt with Stress, Anxiety, or Depression in the LA area. Welcome to Introspection Beverly Hills, A Professional Psychological Corporation, where we specialize in diagnosing and treating adult mood disorders (depression, anxiety, mania), trauma and stressor-related disorders (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder), and personality disorders (borderline, narcissistic, and obsessive-compulsive [...]

1812, 2019

How Does Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Differ From Other Therapy Modalities?

How Does Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Differ From Other Therapy Modalities? Often times patients and even colleagues ask me how psychodynamic psychotherapy differs from other therapy modalities, such as Cognitive Behavioral or supportive therapies. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is:               1️⃣ Typically open-ended, with the patient influencing the time of termination; 2️⃣ Self-correcting, in that, the psychologist readily changes her approach when something is not working; 3️⃣ Often [...]

709, 2019

Tone Matters! – How You Say It Can Be More Important Than What You Say

Which is more important: what you say or how you say it? If you’ve ever fought over a problem with a partner or friend, only to reconcile later by calmly re-stating your points, you probably know—tone matters! You can get the same message across by choosing your words carefully and keeping your voice level. And this extra effort could be the difference between persuading someone or pushing them away. Of [...]

708, 2019

Avoidance Behavior: How and Why It Worsens Your PTSD

When someone lives through a traumatic event, they can be left with physical and emotional scars as a result. There are typically many different reminders of a trauma left behind that can trigger thoughts, feelings, and memories associated with the event. Because these memories and feelings are painful, many people find it easier to simply avoid their personal triggers altogether.  If you have endured critical incidents or other types of [...]

507, 2019

Understanding Narcissistic Personality Disorder: Characteristics, Symptoms, and Causes

In recent blog posts, I have discussed different types of personality disorders as defined by The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-5 (DSM-5). In these posts, I have pointed out that it can be difficult even for mental health professionals to fully understand the nuances of the different personality disorders. Each disorder comes with its own unique set of challenges and special characteristics.  Today, I would like to spend [...]

1906, 2019

The Importance of Self-Care for Men: 5 Powerful Benefits

The term “self-care” is often associated with women or feminine practices. That’s, perhaps, because self-care is culturally thought of in feminine ways: getting a manicure, taking a bubble bath, or going to the spa. The truth is, however, that self-care refers to virtually anything anyone does to take care of themselves. It can include exercising more regularly, making healthier dietary choices, getting enough sleep, or learning to be financially responsible. [...]

606, 2019

What Is Anxiety? And What Can You Do to Relieve Anxiety?

We all feel worried from time to time. Even the occasional episode of severe worry or nervousness can be healthy. That is because worry and apprehension can help keep us safe and away from dangerous situations. But when feelings of extreme worry and obsessive thoughts creep into our daily routines, they become something much more serious. […]

2205, 2019

Unhelpful Thoughts: What You Can Do About Them

Everyone feels stressed and has negative thoughts from time to time. Feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt happen periodically, and it is normal to feel unsure of yourself or discouraged on occasion. If, however, these thoughts have escalated into a steady, daily stream of overwhelming and unbearable negativity, this could be a sign of an anxiety disorder. Once the thoughts surface, they can be tricky to get rid of. And you [...]

705, 2019

Developing Empathy: 7 Essential Skills to Get Along With Anyone

If you find yourself feeling as though you are unable to form meaningful connections with others, you are not alone. In today’s fast-paced world, it can be especially difficult to feel truly heard and understood. The struggle to build genuine, intimate relationships with peers, coworkers, and even friends and family can seem insurmountable. […]

1804, 2019

Building Resilience by Learning How to Respond to and Overcome Adversity

Regardless of who we are, at times, we are all confronted with stress, struggles, challenges, and difficulties. The death of a loved one, the end of a relationship, the loss of a job—life is full of trauma and adversities, whether we like it or not. Why are some of us able to overcome these challenges while others completely fall apart? Building resilience is the key. […]

304, 2019

How to Establish Healthy Morning Habits to Start Off Your Day Right

Anxiety can ruin your life—one day at a time. The constant worries about failing, what-ifs of the future, irrational and intrusive thoughts, draw to procrastinate, inability to relax, and much more, can put you down before the day has even started. And if you only focus on the big picture—the overwhelming way anxiety has weaved itself into your whole life—you may be tempted to just capitulate. […]

2003, 2019

10 Common Habits to Avoid That Can Drain Your Energy

Life’s challenges can either make you or break you… so goes the saying. The same can be said of choices, friends, failures, and even habits. Though, the thing is that challenges, choices, friends, and failures usually stare us right in the face. We are aware of them and generally have to confront them, one way or another. […]

503, 2019

Feeling Socially Isolated? – What You Can Do About It

Feeling socially isolated is a surprisingly common problem in today’s society. It seems counterintuitive, though. After all, we are constantly connected to one another. How many emails, text messages, social media comments, and other digital communication did you already respond to today? When you think about how many people you’ve connected with in that way, it seems impossible that you could feel isolated. […]

1802, 2019

Understanding Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder: Characteristics, Symptoms, and Causes

Understanding obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) takes education. It also requires some patience. This is a complex issue. It is not easy to understand. While you may be familiar with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), this doesn’t mean that you have an understanding of obsessive compulsive personality disorder. The two conditions have similarities. However, they also have important differences. OCPD is a personality disorder, which means that it’s an enduring inner [...]

602, 2019

Research Confirms Moderate Exercise Can Improve Sleep

Figuring out how to improve sleep is one of the most common issues facing people today. Sleep is critical to our physical and mental health. And yet, many people struggle to get enough sleep, let alone enough high-quality sleep. There are many tricks and tips that you can implement to improve sleep. Some are better than others. One of the best tips is to exercise regularly. More specifically, people benefit [...]

2301, 2019

Learning to Process Emotions: How to Sit with Your Feelings of Sadness

Feelings of sadness can be very uncomfortable. Unfortunately, people tend to try to avoid them as a result. They watch TV, have a drink, or find another distraction to escape the sadness. The problem with this is that it doesn’t make sadness go away. It might cover it up, but those emotions are still there. And they may pop up when you least expect it. Ironically, if you’re able to [...]

1001, 2019

Feeling Sad or Depressed: What Exactly Is Clinical Depression?

Feeling sad is a very normal part of the human experience. On the other hand, clinical depression does not have to be a normal part of life. Never the less, many people do experience clinical depression. Clinical depression is not the same as just having the blues, and it usually does not just pass on its own. If you do have clinical depression, you will need to seek treatment for [...]

1912, 2018

Staying Grounded During the Humdrum of the Holidays – 5 Tips

Staying grounded during the holidays isn’t always easy. However, making the effort is one of the best gifts you can offer yourself during this stressful time of year. After all, there are a lot of things pulling you into a potential negative space. It’s a very busy time of year, with people rushing everywhere and many "to dos" on the calendar. Some of those might be things you’re not looking [...]

512, 2018

Understanding Borderline Personality Disorder: Characteristics, Symptoms, and Causes

Understanding borderline personality disorder is a challenge. In fact, it is difficult to understand all of the ten personality disorders. Even professionals have a hard time really grasping their nuances. However, it can be worthwhile to learn more about the issues faced by people with various personality disorders. Doing so can give you important insight into your own experiences. It can also help you to navigate different relationships, whether you [...]

2111, 2018

Handling Holiday Conflict: 7 Practical Ways to Cope with Criticism

It is not easy to cope with criticism. It is especially challenging when the criticism comes from our loved ones. After all, we expect the people that we are closest with to love us unconditionally. Therefore, when they have something negative to say, it cuts deep to the core. Criticism can feel unfair, even when it is justified. Moreover, it often triggers dormant feelings about long-ago situations. The holidays are [...]

711, 2018

Understanding Personality Disorders (PD): The Different Types of PD

Every individual has a personality. Personality is what we are, not what we have. Sometimes personality is so inflexible or marked by shortcomings that it causes ongoing problems in life. When that happens, we may call it a disorder. There is no concrete line dividing personality type from personality disorder. We assess functioning on a continuum and call it a disorder when it causes disturbances in an individual’s life and necessitates treatment. Even those [...]

2410, 2018

5 Essential Tips for Getting Quality Sleep

Quality sleep can make all of the difference in our well-being. Poor sleep leads to a number of physical and mental health problems. Furthermore, it exacerbates existing issues. This is often a vicious cycle. For example, people with anxiety often have insomnia. Their minds race and race, and they can’t fall asleep. In the morning, they are tired but restless. Their emotional defenses are down, and therefore, they are more [...]

1910, 2018

Introduction to PTSD – Part 2: Symptoms, Treatment, Ongoing Management

In the previous post, "Introduction to PTSD - Part 1: Definition, Causes, Diagnosis," we discussed what PTSD is, what causes it, and how it is diagnosed. Comparatively, in this post, we will look more closely at the symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder. We will also share treatment strategies as well as options for long-term management of PTSD. Before we begin, remember that PTSD is a mental health condition caused by [...]

1010, 2018

Introduction to PTSD – Part 1: Definition, Causes, Diagnosis

Many people have heard of PTSD, but few really understand what it is, what causes it, and how it affects people's lives. In their minds, it is generally connected to people being exposed to traumatic experiences during a war or a natural disaster. But that is a very limited concept of PTSD. There is much more to it. This post is meant to provide an introduction to PTSD. It is [...]

310, 2018

Trouble Falling Asleep and Staying Asleep? 3 Tips that Work

Many people have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep. In fact, the American Sleep Association reports that 3 in 10 adults struggle with insomnia. Furthermore, 10 percent of adults have a chronic problem with sleep. Some people specifically find it difficult to fall asleep. They toss and turn, laying there in frustration as the clock ticks away. They cannot fall asleep no matter how tired they are. In fact, the [...]

2609, 2018

Practical ADHD Solutions: Engage Your 5 Senses!

One of the best ADHD solutions is something that you have right at your fingertips. It is the opportunity to engage all five of your senses. People living with ADHD often have sensory processing difficulties. Therefore, they typically seek sensory input from the environment, exacerbating inattention. This is especially common in children with ADHD who have trouble focusing in a classroom. However, attending directly to the five senses helps to [...]

1909, 2018

When Anxiety Causes a Bad Mood – How You Can Find Balance Again

Having anxiety causes a bad mood in many people. We often think of anxiety in terms of the physical symptoms, including a racing heart and difficulty breathing. However, anxiety is also linked with frustration. On one hand, you might feel like you really want to calm down, and it is frustrating that you cannot do it. On the other hand, you may be stressed that there are a million things [...]

1209, 2018

Plastic Surgery Aftermath: How to Tactfully Suggest Therapy to Another Person

Learning how to tactfully suggest therapy can be one of the most valuable tools that we offer to our loved ones. Those of us who have benefitted from therapy ourselves know that it can help us through a variety of difficult experiences, ambiguous thoughts, and conflicting feelings. However, we also know that unfortunately in our society there still is a bit of stigma associated with seeing a therapist. While we may not subscribe [...]

509, 2018

The Dangers of Perfectionism: How Feeling “Not Good Enough” Affects Your Relationships

We often ignore the dangers of perfectionism. But perfectionism can have a terrible impact on our sense of self-worth. It can also put a strain on our relationships. So why do we continue to think that we must be perfect? Society certainly rewards people who appear to be perfect. And the media, including social media, will often reinforce this message by making it look like perfection is attainable, even though [...]

2908, 2018

Thinking of Using Insurance for Mental Health Treatment? – Why That May Not Be a Good Idea

We often want to keep our mental health treatment private. This goal may be undermined if we're using insurance to pay for it. At first glance, it might seem like a great idea to use insurance to pay for therapy. However, upon closer examination, you may see that there are many potential drawbacks. And yet, sometimes you're inclined to make compromises. Should you? If you're thinking about using insurance to [...]

2308, 2018

Coping with Emotional Trauma: How to Sit with Painful Feelings

Emotional trauma doesn’t have to define us. Many of us have experienced or been witness to terrible things. Those things stick with us as memories. Then, they create patterns that carry into our present-day lives. A lot of us don’t want to deal with these painful feelings. We figure that the past is the past, and so we want to just move on. However, ignoring or minimizing past trauma just [...]

1508, 2018

Depression and Cognitive Decline: How Depression Expedites Brain Aging

The effects of depression are wide-reaching and devastating in an individual’s life and their family dynamic. Every day feels like a test of will—the various symptoms associated with depression creeping into every aspect of a person's daily interactions and mood. Certain symptoms such as loss of interest, exhaustion, irritability, hopelessness, and difficulty sleeping are some of the more recognizable challenges faced by those suffering from depression. However, one cumulative result [...]

808, 2018

Plastic Surgery and Mental Health: How Is Physical Appearance Linked to Your Personality?

Walking down the street, you pass a woman with shoulders down-turned, frown lines visibly present, and prominent brow bones that make her seem to naturally scowl. Later, you pass another woman whose chest is held high, eyes lit up, and soft facial features are welcoming. Now ask yourself: Do their looks reveal their personality? Are you to assume that the woman with harsher features and facial expressions is a pessimist? [...]

2507, 2018

Past Trauma: 5 Tips for Coping with Nightmares and Sleep Problems

We want to wash our past trauma out like mud from between our toes. We want to start each day without the trauma from yesterday lurking behind every corner. However, certain triggers often bring us right back to the moment of terror, and we feel just as helpless as we did in the past event itself. Past trauma can have a devastating effect on our wellbeing. Both mentally and physically, [...]

1807, 2018

Anxiety and Restlessness: Why You Exhaust Yourself with Constantly Keeping Busy

Imagine it is the middle of the night. While the rest of the neighborhood is sleeping, you are up sweeping the floors or diving into tomorrow’s workload. During the daytime, you find yourself overburdened with chores, to-do lists, and mindless distractions. You tell yourself to relax, to take time for yourself. However, every time you try to sit still for even a few minutes, you are filled with racing thoughts, [...]

1107, 2018

“Am I Depressed?” – How to Know If You’re Just Sad or If You Have a Depressive Disorder

Life is full of both high and low moments. We live for the moments of joy, such as weddings and births. But we dread the low moments, such as death, illness, and heartbreak. However, it is an undeniable fact that every person will experience sadness and grief in their lifetime. Even the most optimistic individual will, inevitably, encounter periods in their life in which the world seems colored in shades [...]

307, 2018

Concierge Mental Healthcare: The Compassionate and Dependable Help You’ve Been Looking For

We all seek to protect and improve our mental health for happier, healthier lives. However, finding support in our daily journey towards peace, stability, and prosperity does not always come easy. Friends and family can at times be too invested or judgmental while formal therapy can seem too cold and impersonal. Likewise, our demanding work schedule and busy home lives often inhibit our ability to visit a therapist during standard [...]

2706, 2018

“I Hate Feeling Lonely!” – How to Make Changes and Feel Genuinely Connected to Others Again

Between social media, work, errands and various engagements, there is no denying that we are daily surrounded by people. Yet, some of us still end the day feeling lonely and longing for real connection. When the Like button on Facebook or Instagram can’t fill our seeking hearts and dispel our loneliness, we turn on ourselves, wondering what we lack in personality or lifestyle that prevents us from connecting with others. [...]

2006, 2018

Understanding Trauma: How Do Traumatic Experiences Impact the Brain?

Traumatic experiences can have wide-reaching, long-lasting effects on our lives. Whether it be a childhood trauma, accident, assault, or abuse, our reactions to traumatic experiences often cause us to pay both an emotional and physical toll. What Does Trauma Look Like? After a traumatic experience, you may avoid people, places, or situations that trigger a memory or reaction. These preventative actions, though, keep you from living fully and making new [...]

1306, 2018

Anger Is Not Sexy! – The Connection Between Anger, Anxiety, and Depression

Remember the crazy fight scene between Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt in the movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith? The one that started with throwing knives and high kicks to the face and turned into passionate sex among the shards of glass? Unfortunately, we don’t all have movie magic to frame our anger into something sexy. For many of us, anger serves as a crippling response to anxiety in our life [...]

606, 2018

What Is Emotional Intelligence? And What Is the Difference Between EQ and IQ?

We often hear about people with a high IQ, or Intelligence Quotients, such as Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Hawking. More so, we hear about how those with high IQs fair better in their lives and careers. Though, what is less mentioned is EQ, or Emotional Quotient (commonly referred to as Emotional Intelligence).  Both EQ and IQ have an impact on our personal and professional lives, but it is EQ that [...]

3005, 2018

Concierge Mental Health Services – The Key to Soaring Toward the Most Successful and Happy You!

Mental health is a vital part of our overall success and happiness. For those with hectic lifestyles or privacy needs, caring for your mental well-being can be a challenge. However, concierge mental health services can be the key to unlocking your full potential without sacrificing your precious time. What Are Concierge Mental Health Services? Concierge mental health services are designed for a variety of clients who exhibit special needs or [...]

2305, 2018

Understanding Mental Health Evaluation and Therapy for Plastic Surgery

Plastic surgery has, in recent years, become a popular choice among men and women who are seeking change in their physical appearance. Safer and more affordable procedures coupled with reality television that promotes the permanent alteration procedure make going under the knife seem easier than ever. For many, this decision proves to boost self-confidence, interpersonal skills, and quality of life. However, the potential consequences of plastic surgery can affect us [...]

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