Dr. Siegman is out of the office and will be returning on Friday, November 14, 2014.

My Approach to Psychotherapy

For more than 30 years, I have been helping people from all walks of life to overcome difficult emotional challenges and develop psychological flexibility. I look forward to helping you get unstuck from the thoughts, feelings and behaviors that are obstacles to your emotional flourishing.

My primary approach to psychotherapy is cognitive behavior therapy, or CBT. CBT is well researched and is proven to be effective in treating many psychological problems. This short-term method is problem focused, action oriented, and results oriented. Over the course of therapy we work together to help you cope more effectively with unhelpful thoughts, emotions or behaviors. In this brief therapy you learn new skills that are practiced in and out of session.  I also practice Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, or ACT, an approach that incorporates elements of behavior therapy, mindfulness techniques and values-based decision making.

These are some common threads that run through most courses of short-term therapy that I conduct with my patients:

A thorough evaluation that addresses your psychological, familial, medical and work concerns. We uncover the obstacles that keep you from living a full, meaningful life, and figure out how to move around them.

I create a nonjudgmental and respectful environment, which is a key component of any successful therapy.

We create a flexible treatment plan and evaluate it regularly. If it turns out that short-term therapy is not indicated, I can refer you to a psychologist who specializes in longer-term psychotherapy.

CBT and ACT are direct and collaborative. I may recommend readings or exercises between sessions to help you maximize and extend the work done during the therapy session.