Therapy Tailored to Your Needs
Dr. Weingarden offers diverse approaches to treatment for adult clients with various reasons for seeking support. Some approaches identify a specific problem and involve identifying solutions, such as behavior change. Other approaches are more exploratory and insight-focused. Combining the two often helps with some quick symptom improvement while building an understanding of yourself that contributes to sustained improvements in wellbeing.
Both virtual and in-person sessions are offered. Other terms for virtual therapy include telehealth or telemedicine, which can be done using video-chat or phone. In-person sessions are offered in Aspwinwall. Some of the areas of specialization are listed below.
DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND SELF-EXPLORATION
Many people seek therapy for low-mood, anxiety, adjustments to life changes or stressors and self-exploration. Dr. Weingarden is trained in various approaches to talk therapy including but not limited to Interpersonal Dynamic therapy, Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
Interpersonal or relational therapy is based on 2 assumptions:
Humans are fundamentally social beings. Emotional problems can be understood in an interpersonal context.
Therapy involves a "therapeutic relationship," which, while in some ways unique to social relationships, also provides opportunity to explore our ways of relating, beliefs about ourselves, others and how relationships work, and our patterns of engaging with others.
Consequently, therapy provides a unique opportunity to explore relationships and ultimately improve the quality of relationships and life.
Dr. Weingarden served as the senior program director for UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital's Center for Eating Disorder and can provide a range of approaches to exploring eating disorders and managing the symptoms. This includes CBT-E and Focal Dynamic Therapy.
BIPOLAR DISORDER AND SEASONAL DEPRESSION
Dr. Weingarden has extensive experience in bipolar disorder and seasonal depression research and treatment. Interpersonal Social Rhythm Therapy (IPSRT) focuses on improving social interactions and creating routines that maintain psychological well-being.
ADULT AGING AND DEMENTIA CONSULTATION
Dr. Weingarden was the senior program director for UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital's Adult Aging Program. Family-caregiver consultation for loved-ones with dementia (neurocognitive disorders). This can be a challenging time, with many difficult decisions. Consultation includes support with decision making as well as planning ways to effectively and safely engage with someone who has dementia across the various stages of the illness. Additionally, therapy can be an important part of processing the experience of having a loved one with dementia.
PROFESSIONAL OR CLINICAL CONSULTATION
Peer-to-peer consultation with other mental health professionals. This can include case consultation; education on theoretical orientations / interventions or diagnoses; or professional consultation for therapists new to the profession.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATION
For Universities and professional care settings such as hospitals, facilities, agencies or practices. Common topics include but are not limited to:
Person-First Psychology: Integration of Personality Theory and Cognitive-Behavioral Interventions
Eating and Feeding Disorders: From Personality to Problem-Focused Intervention
Bipolar Disorder: Biological and Personality-Focused Models
Discussion of various theoretical orientations and integration
Professional Topics: Life working in a hospital, private practice, supervision practices