HEMDA ARAD, PH.D.
PSYCHOANALYSIS AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
Individuals | Couples
ABOUT MY PRACTICE
In my practice, I provide the following services:
Individual psychotherapy for adults
Consultation and supervision
My areas of specialty include:
Depression - sadness, low self-esteem
Anxiety - in relationships, parenting, and at work
Women in the workforce
Current and long-term relationship and intimacy issues
Loss and grief
Life transitions - premarital, separation, divorce, aging, preparation and adjustment to college, career change, etc.
If my practice seems like a good fit for you, or you'd like to discuss your therapy options, please contact me to set up a consultation.
My practice is open Monday through Friday and my Seattle Madison Street office is centrally located between downtown Seattle, South Lake Union, the University of Washington and the Eastside. You are welcome to call me at my office at 206-328-0853 at any time. If I am not available to take your call, you may leave a confidential message. I will return your call as soon as I am able.
2910 East Madison Street
Seattle, WA 98112
Convenient parking is available on Madison and surrounding streets
At times life presents us with challenges that make us feel overwhelmed. We may feel sad, anxious or even helpless and lonely. Circumstances stemming from our experiences and life events may lead us to feel trapped without knowing how to move forward. When we are on the verge of transition such as during a change in relationships, a birth of a child, a child moving out of the home, career transition, or grieving the loss of a loved one, we may seem to know what might help, yet find it difficult to make a change on our own. Sometimes it helps to talk with a professional about what troubles us to see clearly where we are and where we seem to be heading. You’ll receive honest feedback from me of where you are. Following initial conversations, we will determine your goals in therapy and consider the best treatment plan to help achieve these goals. Relief of symptoms associated with conditions such as depression or anxiety, or persistent difficulties with others in your personal life or at work may require different approaches in terms of focus and length of treatment. For example, an understanding of what contributes to discomfort in relationships can be reached through psychodynamic and psychoanalytic means or in conjunction with other verbal and non-verbal psychotherapies. I believe in exploration of patterns that may interfere with current relationships with self and others, as a path that can lead to enhanced quality of life.
WHAT IS RELATIONAL PSYCHOANALYSIS?
Relational Psychoanalysis is a contemporary school of thought and practice that appreciates pluralism. The relational approach focuses on different aspects of the inner and the interactional worlds in an attempt to create a space in which new understanding can be possible, enhancing quality of life and reducing the negative effects of life circumstances on our mind and body. Relational therapists move away from binary concepts such as good/bad, male/female, do/done to within which a person may struggle to find themselves. The analytic process is unique to each analyst/patient pair and is fostered by a personal and professional therapeutic environment.
WHAT IS EMDR?
Sometimes words are not enough to help us feel the full extent of what motivates us to behave the way we do. EMDR operates on the premise that traumatic events often cause a person to develop harmful beliefs and behaviors. EMDR processing opens patients to fresh understanding and insights that allow for new and helpful ways of thinking and behaving. EMDR can be successful in relieving symptoms where other forms of therapy have yielded limited results. It helps in deepening the connection between feelings and thoughts so that they work together more fluidly. EMDR does this by engaging the emotions rather rapidly. This in turn allows for the felt conversation to take place more effectively, as change takes place when we are engaged emotionally.
WILL MY SESSIONS BE CONFIDENTIAL?
All information in therapy is kept confidential, and is treated with the utmost respect to ensure that you feel safe and secure. Information will be released only with your full consent, except in circumstances in which you are a danger to yourself or others.
FEES AND INSURANCE
The type and frequency of therapy determines the fee. Although I do not accept third party insurance payments directly, as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor my services are qualified for reimbursement. Your insurance company may reimburse your therapy fees in full or in part through out-of-network benefits. You may wish to inquire with your carrier about how to access these benefits. You will pay me directly and I will provide you with a statement for your paid bill which you can submit to your insurance company for your reimbursement.