Paul R. Fox, M.D.

The match of clinical philosophy between patient and clinician is of utmost importance. Though it is often only possible to know how compatible the mix is after a session or sometimes even more, it may be helpful to understand my approach to treatment.

I trained when almost every psychiatrist did more psychotherapy than medication, thus I am comfortable with and enjoy doing psychotherapy. I am eclectic incorporating elements of dynamic psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy as well as other approaches as need arises. I am trained in and very much enjoy family therapy both to deal with family and marital problems as well as in working with children. At this time I see patients from age 11 on up.

Dynamic psychotherapy is the search for understanding of the motivations for behaviors in order to achieve changed behavior. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is a here and now, goal oriented approach to therapy, often comprising the exploration of a patient's beliefs about themselves and the world. Therapist and patient seek to change these beliefs when they lead to dysfunctional behaviors.

I utilize modern medications when indicated. Most research suggests that the combination of psychotherapy and medication is ideal for best treatment of many clinical problems including depression, anxiety disorders and certainly psychotic disorders. Even when medication is indicated, however, the relationship between the therapist and patient can often lead to success in treatment or not. It is thus of major importance to form a mutual caring and trusting relationship.

This is and has always been my goal.