Survey Response: Nicole M. Seitz, LPC
This survey was last updated in November 2012.
MS in Clinical & Counseling Psychology, LPC (Licensed Professional Counselor, PA #PC006500), Candidate for Certification at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis
313 South 16th Street, Philadelphia PA 19102
822 Montgomery Ave, Suite 316, Narberth PA 19072
Number of Years in Practice: 3
Number of Years in Practice with patients who have TMS/PPD: 3
Number of patients you have seen who have had PPD: 14
What is your association to the PPD community: I am a member of the PPDA.
Have you ever suffered from PPD? Yes.
Are you able to conduct therapy over the phone or via Skype: Yes, phone sessions can be quite helpful. My preference is to have an initial session in person when possible.
What insurance plans do you currently accept: None
Do you have a sliding scale of payment for people who are not covered by insurance:
Yes. In keeping with my psychoanalytic training, I prefer to discuss my fee at the first session because talking about money can bring up challenging issues for many people. Plus, my top priority is figuring out if a patient and I will be a good fit. So, I like to meet, see if we click, and then get onto the business of talking about fees and frequency of sessions. In my experience, it's very likely that we will reach a suitable arrangement.
What have you done to educate yourself about TMS/PPD, and what plans do you have for further education about TMS/PPD:
Before I discovered the PPD community, I had been studying the mind-body connection as part of my psychoanalytic training. I've read Freud (Sigmund & Anna), Groddeck, Winnicott, and other contributors to psychoanalytic thought. Then, I discovered Joyce McDougall and her classic “Theaters of the Body: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Psychosomatic Illness.” More recently, I came to read Dr. John Sarno's “Mind-Body Prescription” and “The Divided Mind.” Dr. Sarno's works connected me to the PPD community. More recently, I've enjoyed Dr. David Clarke's, “They Can't Find Anything Wrong.” I attended the PPDA's symposium in New York in October 2012, and plan on attending upcoming educational events. As I continue my analytic training, my goal is to keep integrating my understanding of the mind-body connection into my theoretical and clinical work. I began my analytic training in 2009 and anticipate becoming a certified psychoanalyst by 2017.
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It delights me to be part of a community of physicians and mental health professionals who can offer help to people who are suffering. I agree with Dr. Sarno that a psychoanalytic approach is the way to help people with TMS / PPD. Many of my patients struggle with physical and emotional symptoms, and I find that as we keep talking and exploring their thoughts, feelings and experiences, they grow stronger, more resilient and emotionally flexible. As there is less and less need for the defenses (which manifest as the pain, the depression, the anxiety, the IBS, and so on), the physical and emotional symptoms fall away. I love this work and feel privileged to be part of my patients' journey to health.
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