I am a strong believer in treating my patients with both psychotherapy and medication if needed.
Psychotherapy is most helpful for the improvement of interpersonal functioning while medication is best directed at symptoms (e.g.. depression or anxiety)
If possible, I prefer to provide both the psychotherapy and the medication management. I don't like split therapies (e.g.. seeing a social worker for therapy and the psychiatrist for medication) because the 2 participants rarely spend the time to communicate with each other about the patient.
Also, I have found that split treatment often turns out to be more expensive for the patient.
I do both short term and long term psychotherapy. I tend to see most patients once a week. Over the years, I have seen some patients as frequently as 3-4 times a week if formal psychoanalysis.
Most of my patients are bright people who already know what they should do to change their lives. I try to help them understand their resistance to change.
Dr. Richard Sostowski, MD is an addiction psychiatry doctor who practices in Bernardsville, NJ. He is 69 years old and has been practicing for 44 years. Dr. Sostowski is affiliated with Saint Barnabas Medical Center and University Hospital.