“One’s attitude towards one’s situation is the very crux of being human,”- Dr. Irvin Yalom.
The way in which one person deals with a situation varies from the way another person deals with the exact same situation. While we may not always see it, there is often an opportunity for growth and understanding in adverse circumstances. One of my goals as a therapist is to help people better understand themselves and see the opportunities even when faced with great challenges and suffering. I have witnessed suffering diminish as acceptance and awareness increases.
I have found the relationship itself between the therapist and patient can be very healing. My empathy helps patients feel safe and understood which allows us to do deeper emotional work. This not only helps alleviate symptoms such as depression and anxiety but also helps patients have more gratification and meaning in their relationships, work, and play.
Thank you for your time,
Dr. Michael J. Whitman
Psy.D. Lic.# PSY21428
MichaelJWhitman@hotmail.com (310) 622-3695