intensive, life changing therapy: FAQ's

Dr. Woodman talking with a patient.

Who is this for?

Work: This is for people who are facing disciplinary actions at work, have work stress or have lost interest in their work or are burned out.  It is also for people who are not advancing as expected, who feel stuck in a job or are ready for their career to take off.

Entrepreneurs: This is for the self-employed person or entrepreneur who knows that the success or failure of their enterprise rests on their shoulders and they want to be the best leader they can be.  This person may be in sales, a founder or top executive.  History shows that people who do this work have remarkably more success in their business.

Relationships: This is for the person who has been or contemplated being unfaithful or is single and does not find a love relationship.  It is also for the person who wants better, more intimate and loving relationships, or who wants to be a better parent. 

Intensive, Life Changing Psychotherapy is for the person who wants fast results.  For many people it is like getting four years of therapy in a month.  It requires a significant investment of time, energy, focus and money.  You need to be ready to make a big investment of your own resources in order to have strong and resilient mental health and to create a better life for yourself.  I take only two patients at time so that I can focus my time and attention on them.

This is not for the person who is actively  using alcohol or drugs, including marijuana.  If addiction is a part of the problem the person should have one month of sobriety before starting the program.

Why meet daily?

We meet four days a week for four weeks.  This  frequency of sessions allows the rapid development of mutual trust, safety, security and care that are necessary for successful treatment.  It is like starting a new friendship and seeing each other often.  Learning (change) happens more quickly with more frequent experience.  Learning is reinforced and occurs as if in layers of ever greater clarity.   

What does it mean "highly technical?"

 "Highly Technical" means that this type of therapy requires a high level of therapist's skills and precisely planned interventions by the psychologist. 

What outcome can I expect?

The outcomes of this psychotherapy are the undoing of defenses that keep you from having rich, nourishing relationships with others. You can also expect  an  increased sense of security and safety in your relationships, and an increased sense of freedom and creativity.  As a result, distress, loneliness, anxiety and depression are healed and objectionable behaviors are resolved.  Progress continues naturally after the end of therapy.  People have said that it is like doing four years of therapy  in a month. 

What will be expected of me?

In order for the therapy to be most successful, you will have to work on things we talk about both during our sessions and at home.  In other words, the more focus you put on the therapy the more you will get out of it.  

Intensive, life changing psychotherapy: FAQ's mental health

The entire cost of Intensive Psychotherapy is paid in advance.  There is no reimbursement if you come late, miss sessions or decide to drop out.  

Hands of a patient.

Why are my sessions video recorded?

With your consent, after your sessions Dr. Woodman will review the video recording to evaluate the effectiveness of his interventions and your responses to them.  This helps him plan future sessions.  With your consent, he may also show portions of a recording to a nationally recognized expert to help him be more effective in your treatment.

What therapeutic approaches do you take?

The primary approach I take is called Accelerated, Experiential, Dynamic, Psychotherapy (AEDP), a cumbersome name for a highly sophisticated amalgam of several approaches including Mentaliztion, Gestalt, Internal Family Systems and others.  The training is rigorous and takes years to master.  I also do Eye Movement  Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  How I combine these approaches is determined by the needs of the patient and the dynamic between the patient and me.

Why not regular weekly sessions?

Meeting four days a week has a multiplying effect.  The work goes much faster and you achieve your goals in a month rather than in years.  Read the article below.


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