Richard Almond, M.D.
Palo Alto, California 94301
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- Relationship issues
- Child or Adolescent
- Fears & Phobias
- Loss or Grief
- Men's Issues
- Women's Issues
- Couples Therapy
About My Practice
My practice includes a wide variety of issues. I work with people to help define their problems, and to select the best way to work on them. My major emphasis is on understanding problems through mutual discussion in a relationship where trust has been established. This makes it possible to figure out what factors may be preventing a person from moving ahead. As a psychiatrist I am able to prescribe medications, when appropriate and agreed on, that may facilitate relief from anxiety, depression, and other states that limit the effectiveness of talking therapy.
Particular issues I work with:
"Life development issues"--challenges around major steps in life, for example:
- difficulties forming continuing attachments that will lead to marriage partnerships and children;
- difficulty with work, including procrastination, motivation to choose or develop a career
- divorce, or marital tension
- loss and grief
- current relationship problems
Depression--sometimes depression comes "out of the blue", sometimes it is secondary to external events like job loss, or loss of an important relationship. It can be of long standing, or recent.
Anxiety--this may be chronic, or recent. We work to understand the source, and with or without medicine, try to bring it under control.
Here are two YouTube clips that discuss therapy and my orientation. They discuss "psychoanalysis", which is a way to approach psychotherapy.
My background: In addition to my clinical practice I have been active as a teacher and leader in professional organizations devoted to the greater undestanding of psychological problems. I have taught students in medical centers and other training organizations for many years, in Palo Alto, San Francisco, and Portland, Oregon, I am the author of two books, the more recent is "The Healing Narrative: Fictional Relationships and the Process of Psychological Change". I have written a number of articles on the technique of psychotherpy, as well as essays on Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre", and on the film, "Groundhog Day".
Years in Practice
Medical School: Yale
Psychiatric Training: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Psychoanalytic: San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
Palo Alto Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training Program
Adjunct Professor: Stanford University Psychiatry Department
San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
American Psychoanalytic Association
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