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Dr. Sussman's Psychotherapy Approach:
If you participate in psychotherapy with Dr. Sussman, he will attempt to meet you where you are, wherever that may be.

Patients who present with internet and/or video game addiction, like any addiction, are often ambivalent towards change, and each is in their own stage of change. Dr Sussman has been trained in motivational interviewing, a technique developed for addictions. Rather than taking an authoritative stance, which has usually already been tried and failed, The therapist uses the processes of active listening, reflection, and neutrality to allow the patient to be in control and take an active role in exploring ambivalence. In this way the patient is empowered to become more mindful, accountable, independent, and insightful about the consequences of their choices and the life they really want. Patients are supported while they move through the stages of change, from a "precomtemplative" stage to an "action" stage, and eventually a "maintenance" stage.

Dr. Sussman does not just focus on behaviors, but everything that makes up a complete individual, including personal goals, feelings, trauma history, relationships, and identity. As an individual therapist, Dr. Sussman takes an approach to psychotherapy that is integrated, customized, and interactive.

Integrated and customized means treatment is not rigidly tied down to one philosophy -rather it allows full use of resources available as needed for the individual. Based on the specific goals of the patient, Dr. Sussman may use tools from different schools of psychotherapy, including psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, behavioral, insight-oriented, supportive, and play-based.

Interactive means there is bidirectional flow between the patient and the therapist. The patient and therapist are sitting on an equal plane and making eye contact. Patients can work towards independence from the therapist by solving problems using their own strengths and abilities.

Dr. Sussman's Psychopharmacology Approach:
Dr. Sussman practices peer-reviewed, evidence based medicine. Medications are prescribed when benefits outweigh risks and the patient or guardian provides informed consent. The decision to take medications is always the choice of the client. Genetic testing is available for help in choosing ideal medications.

Why Combined Treatment?
There are several psychiatric conditions for which the combination of medication and psychotherapy has been shown to help more than either treatment alone. Having one clinician with a medical degree provide both psychotherapy and psychopharmacology provides several advantages over "split treatment", in which a patient sees a different clinician for medication and psychotherapy. Diagnostic decisions have a more biopsychosocial perspective. Medications can be selected to complement the psychotherapy. Psychotherapy can be influenced by a better understanding of medical conditions and medication effects and side effects. Convenience and compliance is improved, as fewer visits are needed. Patient and family confusion is decreased. And medical and psychiatric conditions complicating a case are less likely to be missed. (click here for more information on these topics...)






















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