Sheldon H Kardener MD“Dr. Kardener’s perspective, honed over decades of psychotherapy practice and teaching…..offers pathways to attaining a better life through resolving old conflicts.”

Much of my philosophy and approach to psychotherapy is contained in the book Breaking Free: How Chains From Childhood Keep Us From What We Want, co-authored with Monika Olofsson Kardener, MFT.

From the beginning of our lives, we develop behavioral patterns and emotional expectations from our relationships with significant others, which shape the way we function. Over time, experiences that once worked well may lead to undesired outcomes. That early solutions may become later problems is a paradox of life.

The essence of Focused Dynamic Therapy™ is to identify those earlier “threads” that have become woven into the fabric of our present lives. This process allows both therapist and patient to express in ordinary language an understanding of the patient’s problems—the dynamic formulation, which contributes to forging a working alliance toward resolutions.

Many varieties of therapy are practiced and may be utilized. The importance of Focused Dynamic Therapy™ is in guiding the understanding of symptoms toward the best possible solutions by focusing on the central themes of conflict.