The Minneapolis Clinic of Neurology offers clinical psychology services at our Golden Valley office through Patricia J. Aletky, Ph.D., L.P.
Patricia J. Aletky, Ph.D., L.P. provides psychological services to adults and older children/teens. Therapy may be provided to individuals, couples or families. She commonly sees patients with symptoms of depression, anxiety and more serious mental illnesses. In addition to the general practice of clinical psychology, Dr. Aletky also has extensive experience and expertise as a forensic consultant/independent examiner.
Dr. Aletky starts with an evaluation, which typically involves two sessions, the first focused on what brings you in for psychology services and the second on your history. An objective personality test and, possibly, a brief aptitude test are typically used. These are tests that you take on your own at your convenience in the clinic. Dr. Aletky will interpret the tests and explain the outcomes to you. Based on Dr. Aletky’s assessment and your goals and wishes, an individualized treatment plan is developed and intermittently adjusted. Dr. Aletky may also suggest a different provider or type of provider if she feels that is more appropriate.
Dr. Aletky’s Therapy Style and Treatment Philosophy: POSITIVE and PRACTICAL
Psychotherapy is the treatment of mental, emotional, personality and/or psychosomatic (physical) disorders. A typical psychotherapy session lasts 50 minutes. What happens in each session varies widely based on the patient’s status and needs. Most often, the patient discusses how they are doing in terms of symptoms and goals, and then suggestions are made for further improvement. Specific “homework” assignments may be given — something to read, write, think about or do.
There is much more to therapy than informational content; it is my goal to offer support, encouragement and hope in the context of a respectful and caring professional relationship. My communication style is direct; I am not a therapist who just listens and reflects. I also do not “overpathologize” or overanalyze. There are ultimately no answers to “why” questions; we develop a working theory that is meaningful and helpful. Positive focus means focusing on your strengths and reassuring you that you can turn challenges into opportunities for growth and vulnerabilities into gifts. Thus, you can be who you are and ideally become healthier and happier. Practical means simply what works for you, based on your life and your values rather than mine. I emphasize self-care, and learning to be your own therapist as well as developing a support network so that you do not need to remain in therapy indefinitely. I do see some long-term patients, typically on a very infrequent basis for a check in.