Aside from his writings, Gerald Schoenewolf has been a psychoanalyst in New York for 37 years, using a mixture of psychoanalysis and behavioral therapy. Individual psychotherapy is the most intense process. Patients are encouraged to talk about the things they need to talk about until they reach a resolution. This may take weeks, months or years. As they free themselves from the prison of their emotional blocks, the doors of love, creativity and contentment begin to open, and their relationships to themselves and others become more meaningful .
When patients are ready, they are encouraged to participate in group therapy. In group they can observe and identify with others who are going through similar situations, as well as interact with them. Groups provide a safe environment where they can take risks and get in touch with feelings. This helps them learn to tolerate real intimacy, involving the flow of both positive and negative feelings, without attempting manipulate the relationships they are in.
When patients cannot come to the office due to age, disability or being in a remote location, instant messenger programs such as SKYPE provide a vehicle for therapeutic communication. Online sessions, like office sessions, are held once a week and utilize the same techniques.
Philosophy of Therapy
Gerald Schoenewolf uses an eclectic approach to therapy, which means he uses whatever technique works with a particular patient. Sometimes that requires a psychoanalytic approach, sometimes it demands behavioral or cognitive work. The bottom line is empathy. He respects the feelings and thoughts of patients and tries to understand them without judging them; and he attempts to guide them into discovering things for themselves.