Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy -- also called "talk therapy" or just plain therapy -- is a process whereby psychological problems are treated through communication and relationship factors between an individual and a trained mental health professional.
Psychodynamic: an approach to psychology that emphasizes systematic study of the psychological forces that underlie human behavior, feelings, and emotions and how they might relate to early experience. It is especially interested in the dynamic relations between conscious motivation and unconscious motivation.
Existential: the belief that inner conflict within a person is due to that individual's confrontation with the givens of existence: the inevitability of death, freedom and its attendant responsibility, existential isolation, and finally meaninglessness.
Dr. Rigling's approach to psychotherapy.
Psychotherapy is a unique form of medical treatment which is based on the knowledge that conversation and the development of a unique therapeutic relationship can provide insight into our selves, the way we function, and create profoundly rewarding change in one's life. Dr. Rigling has extensive eclectic training in psychotherapy, and has developed a focus that is unique to his practice. His approach is based on the principles of existential psychodynamic theory. This theory is based on the simple idea that all of us are coping with some very basic challenges in life and are (in certain ways) unaware of the powerful feelings and thoughts that comprise our experience of life.
How Individual psychotherapy can help you:
- Alleviating your anxiety, reducing symptoms of depression, regulating eating behaviors, improving sleep and managing stress
- Help you identify and understand your negative emotional patterns so that you can feel resolved of these problems and move on with your life
- Enhance your self- awareness and become more confident and satisfied with how you interact with others and how you manage your life in general
- Help you recover from experiences of personal trauma
- Help you develop more open and secure relationships
Features of psychodynamic psychotherapy*:
- Focus on affect and emotional expression;
- Exploration of attempts to avoid distressing thoughts and feelings;
- Identification of recurring themes and patterns;
- Discussion of past experiences to understand development;
- Focus on interpersonal relations;
- Focus on the therapy relationship;
- Exploration of fantasy life.
*[Shedler, J. (2010). The Efficacy of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, American Psychologist, Vol. 65, No. 2, 98–109 .]