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Paul Goldhamer

Integrative Therapy with patients with Persistent & Severe Psychiatric Illnesses

In his hospital based and private practice over the past 25 years, Dr. Goldhamer has always included patients with persistent and severe mental illness, especially focusing on schizophrenia but also including patients with bipolar disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome, and borderline personality. His approach to psychotherapy integrates psychodynamic, supportive, cognitive-behavioural and existential theories and techniques. As well, he is interested in the interaction between psychotherapy and other modalities of treatment, especially pharmacotherapy. He has supervised medical students and residents at Mount Sinai Hospital and Queen Street Mental Health Centre and in his private office. In supervising therapists working with chronic patients, he believes it is important to attend to the unique issues that arise, including therapists’ countertransference responses to treating patients who cannot be cured.