Individual Counseling

Patricia Munhall, Ed.D, Ph.D., NCPsy.A., CHt

Call (305) 461-2459

or email pmunhall@aol.com



Individual Counseling:
If you are troubled or suffering with conditions that may be interfering with your mental and emotional well being, let Dr. Patricia Munhall assist you. Specializing in caring, understanding, treating and curing, she can help you find new energy, motivation, and happiness, as well as positive relationships in a new life.

Dr. Munhall offers individual counseling services. The following Frequently Asked Questions about her individual counseling approach reflect an actual conversation that took place between four potential clients and herself.

Also please check the conditions listed because she does treat all of them and if you are suffering from any such problem, Dr. Munhall can help you. She has been successful with clients with many such problems and she firmly believes "you do not have to suffer."

If you have any other questions please feel free to call 305-461-2459 or write to pmunhall@aol.com

Frequently Asked Questions

This dialogue actually took place with Bob, 36; Russell, 46; Lisa, 26, and Mary, 50, to find out what kind of questions people might have about psychodynamic psychotherapy. If your question is not answered here, email the question to pmunhall@aol.com. Patricia Munhall (PM) wishes you the very best in finding relief and resolution to the many problems that affect so many of us.

PM: Perhaps you or a loved one is experiencing the following conditions:

Feelings of sadness
Loss of pleasure
Issues with aging
Weight issues
Fear of change
Psychomatic disorders
Marital or couple problems
Relationship problems
Loss of interest in things
Childhood traumas
Loneliness
Depression
Indecision
Grieving issues
Feeling insecure
Job issues
Family problems
Sexual issues
Anxiety
Divorce or relationship breakup
BOB: What exactly is it that you do?

PM: I offer the following services from a psychodynamic perspective often called insight/analytic therapy:
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Counseling
  • Coaching

RUSSELL: How does psychodynamic/analytic therapy work?

PM: Certified psychoanalysts and psychoanalytic psychotherapists share one very essential belief, and that is the presenting problem such as relationship problems is the result of other dynamics or events that have taken place and have not been acknowledged or resolved. Until those dynamics are uncovered, the person will ultimately continue to have relationship problems.

LISA: What about other methods of therapy?

PM: A person needs to see what will work for them. Some therapies work on the condition itself or the behavior. They may focus on assisting the person to go about forming relationships through techniques or behavioral modification. If this works, then we are all pleased. However, the underlying problem is not cured.

BOB: Why is that important?

PM: Often such therapies result in quick resolution. For example, the person establishes a relationship in about six weeks through various techniques of other therapies. Our experience has shown that the underlying dynamic that caused this inability in the first place is still a part of that person's emotional apparatus. In a way, it is dormant/quiet.

MARY: Is that so bad? After all, the person did establish a relationship.

PM: Yes, because the underlying cause may not always remain dormant. It might show itself in other ways and jeopardize the relationship. So there is a good chance that the relationship problems will return.

LISA: So you are saying the root of the problem needs to be cured, not necessarily the problem?

PM: That is an excellent way of putting it. If you have a plant that is not doing well, and you focus on the dead leaves, perhaps removing them, there might be some regrowth, but if the plant is rootbound, removing the leaves will not help the plant to thrive. It is the root that needs treatment and nourishment.

RUSSELL: What if you are taking anti-depressants or anti-anxiety medication?

PM: That often makes the best combination for progress. Research demonstrates that the combination of medication and "Talk Therapy" is the most effective way to cure. For example, if you are very anxious or depressed, it may keep you from expressing yourself in therapy. However, while the medication may relieve your symptoms, the problems underlying the condition remain. In your best interest, if you are on medication, your therapist will work with your prescribing physician.

BOB: Do you take insurance?

PM: Most, and this is something that is discussed in the first meeting, as well as fees.

MARY: How does a person contact you, and where are you located?

PM: My office is located at 3530 Fair Isle Street in Coconut Grove, and I'm also available in Wellington. I may be reached at (305) 461-2459 for appointments.



 

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