What is “The Presenting Problem?”

People come into therapy because they have what I call “the presenting problem.” Before I talk about what those might be, people will come in because they need to feel better. They need the antibiotic. You know, “make me feel better.” What’s interesting about this profession is some people will solve that presenting problem, and say, “You know what? I’ll keep taking this as a vitamin,” and stay for a long time. Others go off and do their thing.

People come in with problems ranging from depression, I see a lot of depression, anxiety. I have people who have drug and alcohol abuse issues. I have people suffering from schizophrenia, bipolar with delusions, the whole range of things. People have suffered terrible traumas. I’ve worked with people who suffered abuse. I could tell you stories that would make your hair stand on end. Hopefully, I create a safe environment where they can tell their story. ~ Rafael Sharón, NCPsyA, SCPsyA, Psychoanalyst in Princeton NJ