Richard Sugden, Ph.D.   edit Info

123 West 79th Street, Suite 202

New York, New York 10024-6444
212-252-3121


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TIME-LIMITED vs. LONGER TERM PSYCHOTHERAPY

Time-limited psychotherapy is focused on a specific problem or symptom that is treated within a limited time period that is decided before treatment starts. Examples of problems that can be treated in time-limited therapy are phobias & fears, panic attacks, anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive symptoms, and eating disorders. Time-limited therapy often lasts from 3 to 9 months.

Longer term therapy can have a broader area of concern and, while it helps reduce specific symptoms, is more focused on personality change. Some typical complaints that bring people into longer term therapy are a general dissatisfaction with who they are, difficulties advancing in their career or in finding a long-term romantic partner, sexual issues, a sense that life is not as rewarding as it used to be, etc. Longer term therapy usually lasts over a year, is frequently multiple times a week, and can continue for years, until the patient and the therapist decide that substantial, permanent change has occured.

The divisions between time-limited and longer term are not always clear. Many of the problems that might be thought of as for longer term therapy can be treated using time-limited therapy. Equally often, a patient who comes in for time-limited therapy decides that what is troubling her or him is connected to larger, harder to define issues and needs more time for exploration.

A common theme to both approaches is that each requires hard work, dedication, and a willingness to change. It takes a therapist well versed in both approaches to help the patient decide which is the best. I am comfortable in both modes and consider each approach valid in different ways. If you are interested in exploring these issues more, please feel free to contact me.

Languages Other Than EnglishSpanish
Insurance & Payments AcceptedSliding Scale, Oxford In-Network Providers, Other insurances
Professional AssociationsAmercian Psychological Association, New York State Psychological Association, Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration (SEPI)
Licenses & CertificationsNY State 014381
Theoretical OrientationIntegrative psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Time-limited
Areas Most Worked InAdults, Adolescents, Eldery, Spanish/English, Neuropsychological assessment
Specialties / EmphasisAnxiety/Panic Attacks, Crisis Counseling, Chronically Mental Ill, Divorce/Dissolution, Eating Disorders, Employment Issues, Forensics, Gay/Lesbian Issues, Grief/Loss, Men's Issues, Mood Disorders (Depression/Bipolar), Personality Disorders, Self Esteem/Personal Growth, Sexual Disorders, Substance Abuse/Dependency, Schizophrenia & Delusional Disorders, Trauma Recovery (abuse)
Company TypeIndividual
Number Of Staff1
Years In PracticeSince 1999

Therapy, Life Coaching

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