Paul Smerz, Ph.D.
I am a clinical psychologist and psychoanalyst with over 25 years of clinical experience. I believe that a good psychologist not only helps to resolve the problems that brought you to treatment, but develops a deeper awareness of you as an individual and collaborates with you to develop a plan for continued growth that reflects your life-long plans, goals, and unmet needs. To that end, I strive to facilitate an experience for you of transformational change in those aspects of your life that are most meaningful to you, including your inner world, relationships, spiritual beliefs, work life and world views.
My treatment approach is primarily depth-oriented and psychoanalytical (Jungian), but I use alternative modalities depending upon your problems and your needs. These may include cognitive-behavioral, mindfulness, systems-based, and health-related practices. In addition to using interventions that have been found to be most effective in resolving the initial and most problematic issues in your life, I also use methods that facilitate the development of a deeper conscious awareness of your self, and often use dreams, journaling, art, typology, and other types of inner work that promote heightened self-awareness and deeper insight.
I work with adults, adolescents, and children presenting with a variety of mental health and relationship issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, health problems, substance abuse and addictions, and other crises that may accompany life. I also specialize in marital/couples therapy to facilitate a more conscious and transformational relationship with your partner.
I have found that sometimes the most difficult aspect of treatment comes with the difficult decision to set up an appointment. Quite often, a crisis or moment of insight that informs you that something has to change in your life serves as the catalyst. It may be wise to honor that moment and call for an appointment. While the treatment that follows may not be easy, it will bring change and, hopefully, more meaning into your life.
Additional information about my practice and myself can be found at www.drpaulsmerz.org.