I typically work weekly with my patients for 50 minutes in my office. This timeframe suffices for most of my patients. I have found it too hard to maintain a solid working relationship seeing someone less than weekly. Sometimes I see patients more frequently, if the need arises. Examples of issues that might benefit from greater frequency are: severe depression and/or anxiety, traumatic grief, highly risky behavior, and crisis.
Although I use many different theoretical orientations while working, I base most of my thinking on the psychodynamic model. I help my patients understand themselves by looking at motivations of behavior, blind spots, family history, and how relationships are maintained. I believe that through understanding more about yourself you can make more conscious decisions leading to more satisfying relationships.