People seek psychotherapy at difficult junctures of their lives and for many different reasons. Sometimes, it can be the stress and strain of managing work and family life, questions and worries about raising children, or inevitable conflicts in relationships and partnerships. At other times, there may be even more challenging circumstances. Psychotherapy should be a process whereby individuals gain self-understanding and acceptance, relief from distressing symptoms, and develop more adaptive ways to address life’s challenges.
Trained in the rich tradition of psychodynamic psychology, Dr. Kaufman also draws on other approaches to understanding the human experience, including relational, family systems and cognitive theories and treatment modalities. Psychotherapy may be open-ended and long term, or may be short term and focused in duration and scope. Regardless, it always starts with an honest dialogue about the client’s needs, hopes and expectations, and what treatment can realistically offer.