Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.
One of the most perplexing tasks in the journey to psychological development, emotional healing, and relational repair begins with the decision to pursue a course of psychotherapy through a skilled and compassionate therapist. Far too often, my clients will arrive for their first session with stories about how they have tried individual or couples therapy in the past, often paying too much out of pocket with unjustifiably limited results and a continuing uncertainty about the nature of their internal or relational conflicts.
My experience with clients is that a comprehensive and empathic perspective of these difficulties and their underlying roots in the person's history and personality structure can set the stage for a different set of possibilities in life. Such formulations can perform the vital task of translating a complex constellation of intractable struggles into a path forward while deepening self-knowledge and intersubjective accuracy in significant relationships along the way.
Frequently, such prospective journeys towards greater maturity and wholeness are amenable or even dependent upon a course of psychodynamic and/or trauma informed psychotherapy. Occasionally, other models of psychotherapy or related interventions are appropriate in lieu of or in concert with traditional talk-therapy. I assume that everyone I meet in my office is ready to begin or renew this process in a transformative way, and I invite you to explore this possibility with me.
Here's a sneak peek into an upcoming video essay on dissociation and addiction based on the Netflix Series, The Midnight Club.
It offers an introduction to the dissociative split termed "the borderline paradigm" framed as a "deal with the devil" gone awry.
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Please note: In addition to providing direct clinical services, I also closely supervise a group of incredibly bright and skillful trainees who continue to work under my supervision during the provisional phase of their clinical licensure. Though they have not yet reached eligibility for managed care credentialing, I'm able to offer their services at $15-$30 per session. Their levels of competence rise far above industry standards. They are also available without a waitlist, and often outside of business hours. Please see their bios.
The Dissociated Self in Hell, A Tale of Borderline Personality and Addiction in "The Midnight Club"
Thad has an extraordinary ability to share knowledge without pretense. His understanding of the psychological foundations of human development and the unifying principles of psychopathology is conveyed with equal parts compassion and intelligence. He is gifted in the art of extemporaneous discourse, able to connect historical context, current research, and practical application of psychological theories across clinical modalities, always providing encouragement for further exploration.
I have had the privilege of working with several of Thad’s individual therapy clients in the context of couples counseling and it has been remarkable to witness the progress of these individuals. They frequently cite their individual work with Thad as awakening their self-awareness and fueling desire to learn more about themselves in relation to their world.
He demonstrates an ability to bring his authentic self to client interactions, offering his own humanity and vulnerability in support of the therapeutic alliance, able to sit in silence, ask a question, offer insight, or ease tension with a joke. All interventions deployed with a masterful yet down-to-earth approach and unwavering respect for the client’s experience. Thad seems to ignite an exciting commitment to self-discovery that was previously inaccessible to these individuals. These clients bring feelings of hopeful transformation into their couples work and enthusiasm for their partners to join them in making positive and impactful changes in their lives.
The greatest and most lasting inspiration that I have experienced through my interactions with Thad is derived from his artistry with language, his ability to facilitate emotional healing with words
Dr. Cox is a dedicated mental health professional, well versed in assessment, diagnostics, and psychotherapy. He is highly regarded at ACTA by both clients and colleagues, renowned for his deep knowledge of psychodynamic therapeutic modalities, as well as mind and body wellness. He has demonstrated exceptional intelligence and critical thinking skills, as well as great adeptness in verbal and written communication. He often provides meaningful consultation for our clinical staff, engaging the topic at hand with genuine passion and curiosity.
During my tenure at ACTA, Dr. Cox completed his doctoral degree. For his dissertation research, he underwent training in advanced data analysis and was the first to make use of our vast store of neuropsychological testing data to produce an original and highly relevant contribution to the field.
Above all, Dr. Cox has exhibited a profound dedication to his clients and colleagues. Even if it means hours of his time advocating for a client with an insurance company, state agency, or guardian ad litem or appearing at the scene of a psychiatric crisis to assist emergency personnel with de-escalation and hospitalization, Dr. Cox never hesitates to expend the effort. His dedication to the people in is life coupled with sincere interpersonal abilities are tenants that make Dr. Cox an extraordinary clinician.
Dr. Cox is a highly intelligent clinician with a sophisticated view of his therapeutic work. He can integrate psychodynamic, existential, dialectical behavioral, family systems, somatic experiencing, and neuropsychological approaches to his work. While he is exceptional in his capacity to conceptualize cases, it has also been my experience that his clients are well engaged in their therapeutic work with him and make good progress, often showing an enthusiasm for their self-discovery. He is able to address their issues with a sensitivity to the next steps needed in their therapeutic journey, offering a variety to strategies to meet their goals.
His curiosity seems insatiable, and Dr. Cox has consistently sought out training and learning opportunities, as well as pursuing his own interests with passion. He has always been generous in sharing his knowledge with others, and is open to differing views and new ideas. He respects research and empirical findings, most recently looking at neuropsychological issues, but also works hard at developing his intuition and integrating the art of psychotherapy with the developing body of knowledge in the field.
In his therapeutic approach, he manages to provide effective treatment strategies within the context of a warm, approachable, and supportive relationship, often while addressing very difficult trauma issues or painful family dynamics. Dr. Cox has sought out settings and mentors who are interested in the complexity of the human experience, and I believe he will thrive in an environment that offers such trainnig among respected colleagues.