Psychotherapy

Insights to help you change for the better.

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

– Albert Einstein, theoretical physicist (1879-1955)

Types of therapy offered

Insight-oriented or psychodynamic psychotherapy

This form of therapy is based on the assumption that a person is having emotional problems because of unresolved, generally unconscious conflicts, often stemming from childhood. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are a client’s self-awareness and understanding of the influence of the past on present behavior. The client is encouraged to talk about childhood relationships with parents and other significant people, the primary focus being to reveal the unconscious content of a client's psyche in an effort to alleviate psychic tension.

Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

This pragmatic therapy aims to solve problems concerning dysfunctional emotions, behaviors and cognitions through a goal-oriented, systematic procedure in the present. The particular techniques of CBT vary according to the particular kind of issues at hand, but may include keeping a diary of significant events and associated feelings, thoughts and behaviors; questioning and testing assumptions and beliefs that might be unhelpful and unrealistic; gradually facing activities which may have been previously avoided; and trying out new ways of behaving and reacting during daily life. A focus on relaxation and distraction techniques is also common.

Interpersonal therapy (IPT)

This is a type of treatment for patients which focuses on past and present social roles and interpersonal interactions. The goal of IPT is helping the individual improve their communication patterns and how they relate to others. During treatment, the therapist generally chooses one or two problem areas in the patient's current life to focus on. Examples of areas covered are disputes with friends, family or co-workers, grief and loss and role transitions, such as retirement or divorce. IPT does not attempt to delve into inner conflicts resulting from past experiences. Rather it attempts to help the patient find better ways to deal with current problems.

Supportive psychotherapy

Supportive therapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors through a number of key activities, including attentively listening and encouraging expression of thoughts and feelings; assisting the individual to gain a greater understanding of their situation and alternatives; helping to buttress the individual’s self-esteem and resilience; and working to instill a sense of hope. Generally, deeper examination of the individual’s history and probing of underlying motivation is avoided. Supportive psychotherapy is a common form of therapy that may be provided over the short or long term, depending on the individual and the specific set of circumstances.

About psychotherapy

Many resources are available to a person experiencing emotional distress. The support of friends and family, clergy contacts, personal reading, healthy exercise, research, and independent coping - all of these are extremely valuable to someone who is suffering from any form of mental illness or pain.

For those that do not find remission through these resources, professional therapy and counseling is available. Therapy can be given in a variety of types: individual, group, marital/couples, and family. We utilize various modalities of psychotherapy including insight oriented, interpersonal, supportive, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, to treat a variety of mental illnesses.

Going through therapy

Going through therapy generally does not happen overnight. Recovery from mental and emotional distress is a process. Even after patients have learned to recognize when and where their thoughts and emotions go awry, it can in some cases take considerable time or effort to replace a dysfunctional habit with a more reasonable and constructive one. Day-to-day behavior is often the target of psychotherapy, but can also be structured towards changing thought processes. It requires honesty and openness between the patient and therapist, as a therapist develops strategies for managing problems and guiding the patient to a better life.

Generally, you will work with your therapist to find the option that works best for an individual. Each person is different and what works for one person may not work for another.

Testimonials

What our clients say.
The doctor was helpful in my initial evaluation and answered all my questions and worked through any doubts I had. Thorough and easy to talk with and made you feel comfortable. I am glad I was recommended to him.

HEALTHGRADES

July 2017
Listens to me and I am able to discuss any problem. Highly recommend to anyone in need of an excellent doctor.

HEALTHGRADES

April 2017
Dr Pravder is very patient. I like that he is flexible in his thinking and does what he feels is best for his patients. He will give you coping skills and doesn't believe medicine alone solves everything.I have been a patient for over 15 years. I would definitely recommend his services.

HEALTHGRADES

August 2017

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21110 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 304
Aventura, FL 33180

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305-932-5500  •  305-935-0466 Fax
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