What's on your Mind?
Dr. Carolyn R. Leavitt
     
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   Carolyn R. Leavitt, M.D.
 
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    Carolyn R. Leavitt, M.D.
    6705 SW 57th Ave, Suite 611
    Coral Gables, Florida 33143
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    What's on your mind?
 
"There comes a time when the mind takes a higher plane of knowledge but can never prove how it got there"   
Albert Einstein
    
PHILOSOPHY
We are taught social skills at a young age from parents, teachers, and society. This facilitates our social appropriateness, and helps us live in society together. We are taught not to say exactly what we are thinking, and to edit our thoughts. This provides civility which is helpful for society.

As adults it is useful and sometimes necessary to attune ourselves to the thoughts and feelings that we have learned to bury, ignore, disregard, or fear. This attunement is the first step toward understanding the way our unique minds work. This understanding provides an opportunity to correct distortions and misperceptions we have learned and/or created in our minds about our thoughts and feelings. So often these distortions and misperceptions contribute to emotional and/or physical symptoms that make us uncomfortable with ourselves and others. As a result, the way we lead our lives, the choices we make, and our relationships get affected.

I am an experienced psychoanalyst and psychiatrist trained to listen to your thoughts and feelings, and work with you in the transference to facilitate your understanding of them. Working in the transference means that I will help you observe moments in the work when you will perceive me, aspects of me, or who you wish me to be, in a similar way you perceive people in your life who have played important roles. Through this process we will begin to understand your thoughts, feelings, and the intricacies of your relationships with those individuals, and how they shaped your life.

I will be listening from a neutral, objective perspective unlike family, friends or peers. Neutral listening is often misunderstood as the analyst being uninvolved, distanced, uncaring or unaffected. This is untrue. Neutral listening is a necessary skill developed through analytic training and years of personal analysis with an analyst colleague. This skill allows me to listen and help you understand your thoughts and feelings with as little interference as possible from my thoughts and feelings about what you say.
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