Psychotherapy is a process of engaging in an exploration of those factors that may be keeping you from achieving happiness and contentment in your life, and from reaching your full potential. Our belief is that psychotherapy must be tailor-made specifically to fit your unique circumstances. Your articulated needs and preferences guide the treatment plan, which is recovery-focused.  Dr. Jain and you together measure the effectiveness of treatment by the degree to which your goals for recovery are realized.  For some, treatment may be more specifically problem-focused and of limited duration, using cognitive-behavioral techniques to help you find creative solutions to what ails you or ways that you want to improve. For others, clients may choose to benefit from more in-depth treatment with more psychoanalytic techniques used to increase awareness of all those inner forces that seem to have an agenda of their own in the course of your life. What path of therapy is right for you will be determined collaboratively between you and Dr. Jain.

All psychotherapy is about freedom. Freedom from anxiety; irrational fears; from self-deception; from black-and-white thinking; from criticism, negativity and excessive sensitivity; from envy, shame and guilt; from environmental influences (peer pressure); from emotional  constriction;  and from all things that limit our imagination and keep us from reaching our full potential. Independence from these constraints brings a capacity for contentment, and a way of living at peace with who we are with no judgment. A goal of psychotherapy can be a life lived not in reaction to things, but with intention, purpose and direction. With psychotherapy, individuals have found that more energy can be freed up to be curious, autonomous, honest, tolerant, passionate, creative, and capable of intimacy, of work, and of relaxing recreation. That is invaluable and the best gift you can give yourself.

Psychotherapy is also freedom from the inner chatter/conscience that is negative, self-defeating, and hypercritical. Together, we will work towards developing an inner voice that is a friend and a guide to you, cautioning and reasoning with you if you take the wrong steps, and encouraging and cheering you on for hard work and helping you find and maintain the critical balance between love, work, and play.

With more exploratory psychotherapies, we carefully peel back the layers of any problem to uncover core beliefs and to reveal that which may have been hidden from awareness.
Our minds have a unique ability to create invisible barriers that keep us from seeing things that we do not wish to see, but often need to see. These are our defenses against what our mind perceives as a painful reality. “The devil we know” (which is how we sometimes repeat patterns in our lives that no longer are working for us) seem safer than the devil we don’t (the unknown, the changes not only in behavior but in how we fundamentally view ourselves). We seek to discover these patterns of behavior and thought that sabotage our success and peace.

As things become clear, we examine new solutions, possibilities and ways of being. In treatment, people have discovered new talents, found satisfying relationships, and built successful careers. Our hope and goal is that with deeper introspective work, people will develop a stronger sense of who they are and what they want in life. They will develop a deeply entrenched internal measure of standards, values, aspirations, and self-satisfaction that they can use to overcome problems and guide them forward in all they wish to achieve.

Psychotherapy is effective for a broad range of problems and growth areas including relationship difficulties, depression, fears and anxiety, motivational problems, life transitions, stress, emotional trauma, sexual problems, psychosomatic difficulties, and eating disorders. Dr. Shaily Jain is a psychoanalytically trained and often uses psychoanalytic techniques during treatment. Pyschoanalytic psychotherapy is less intensive than psychoanalysis, the use of the couch is optional and the frequency is less often.




For more information about psychoanalytic psychotheraphy, what transpires in sessions, and basic therapy concepts that will help you better understand the process, please read the psychoanalysis section.