I help adult individuals, couples and families with anxiety, panic, depression, relationship difficulties, and a number of other mental health issues. I aim to work as time efficiently as possible and utilize methods designed to accelerate treatment. I am one of very few therapists in Arizona with training in a therapeutic model called Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Pschotherapy (ISTDP).
I also work with children, teens, and their parent(s) or caretaker(s).
Most counseling and psychotherapy services operate at the level of trying to help you better manage your life, and that is of course often very important. This often looks like the therapist helping you think about an issue in a different way, finding coping strategies, and making use of problem-solving type interventions. Some believe that just by lending a kind and sympathetic ear, you get better. In some instances, this is exactly what is needed.
As useful and important as these ways of working can be and often are, they typically amount to psychological Band-Aids. Band-Aids can be crucial as they can at least temporarily stop bleeding, but by nature they fall short of healing inner wounds.
While adopting the pace that works best for you, I aim to address the root causes of your psychological pain while simultaneously working towards more immediate symptom relief.
It was Frida Fromm-Reichmann who said that "the patient is in need of an experience, not an explanation," and that is the spirit in which I practice. Once therapy takes on an experiential component, making sense of the experience and putting it into perspective is vital, but explanations without new experiences tend to do little to create deep and lasting change.
In addition to anxiety, depression, and relationship difficulties, I also specialize in the following areas:
Borderline Personality Disorder
PTSD, Trauma/abuse issues
Grief and loss complications
Medically unexplained physical symptoms
I use a number of different modalities in my approach to helping people resolve emotional and interpersonal life-struggles. While my approach is integrative and eclectic I stand firmly on the foundation of Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) as most of my training and passion is centered on this modality. ISTDP relies on a rapidly growing evidence-base and combines an insight-oriented, dynamic approach with an experiential frame-by-frame focus and attention to real-time experience that is trauma informed and anchored in an understanding of the centrality of the human attachment system. For more detailed information on ISTDP, visit Wikipedia for a fuller description.
Click here to read about the style and type of adaptation of ISTDP that I specialize in.
In addition to being influenced by Dr. Habib Davanloo's brief modality of dynamic work (ISTDP), I am also influenced by extensive training in Zen and mindfulness practice, by my exposure to the narrative modality, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, skills-based work, and a number of different modalities.
Johannes Kieding, LCSW
My License: LCSW-17244