DiMele Center for Psychotherapy and Counseling|
Located on 57th Street, in the heart of Manhattan, The DiMele Center is a treatment and learning facility with a holistic approach. Founded in 1968 by Armand DiMele, C.S.W., C.R.C, Dipl., and his associates, The DiMele Center conducts research, trains and supervises mental health practitioners and delivers clinical services.
What is unique about The DiMele Center?
We carefully match client and therapist according to:
Thinking patterns are often the key to effective communication between therapist
and client. We match thinking styles. Some clients are very random in their
thinking. They tend to cover a lot of areas at once. They are often intolerant
of therapists who cannot follow their speed of thinking. We choose a therapist
who can follow them in their thinking. Others are very concrete, step-by-step
kind of people. We match them with therapists who work in a very organized,
step-by-step kind of way. We examine the thinking styles during the first meeting
to determine which therapist would be the best choice for thinking style. This
way the client doesn't have to spend so much time learning how to communicate
to the therapist.
Every therapist, over time, develops an area of interest that becomes his or her
specialty. For example, some therapists specialize in helping people with relationship
problems. Others specialize in working with vocational difficulties. Others
specialize in abuse problems. We have found that therapy is more cost-effective
when the client is referred to the person who specializes in or at least has
had significant experience in working with the client's present problem.
People respond differently to different styles of therapy. Different therapists
have different process specialties. Some people need to be able to get feedback
from the therapist, so that they can start dealing with the problems immediately
(psychotherapy, behavioral therapy or counseling.) Others respond better to
a less active process (psychoanalytic approach.) Still others need to release
their pent up tensions, not just talk about them, leading to a faster relief
of symptoms (Bioenergetics, Gestalt Therapy). We offer all therapeutic processes.
Intense-Feeling Process (Reconnective Psychotherapy) As well as providing the
services above Armand DiMele and three of his associates have developed this
process of psychotherapy that is a synthesis of Gestalt, Bioenergetic, Primal
and Psychodrama therapies.
Conventional psychotherapy is not always effective in reversing life long
patterns of depression, insensitivity and dullness. It takes too long, costs
too much and does not encourage the development of the uniqueness of the individual.
In fact, most analytic processes tend to encourage acceptance of one's limitations
and adaptation to the environment. Most psychotherapy is purely an intellectual
approach to emotional issues which results in greater control over one's emotions.
Controlling emotions takes the spark out of life. Intense-Feeling Psychotherapy
focuses on expression rather than repression of emotions. Its application
is described in an article by Armand
DiMele, and in the revised edition of The Drama of The Gifted Child, by Dr.
Gender and Age Matching
Some people are more comfortable speaking with a man, others are more comfortable
with a woman therapist. Some prefer older therapists, others communicate better
with younger therapists. To further aid us in our decision we inquire about
the client's relationship with each parent when they were children. If a person
found it difficult to communicate with either their mother or father, we inquire
as to which gender they find it easier to communicate with among their friends
We have found that if an earlier communication problem with a parent manifests
as a communication problem with people of the same sex as that parent, it is
better to select a therapist of the other gender. The selection process is very
specific. We have found that careful selection leads to shorter term and more
Interviews, Follow-up and Frequency of Sessions
The Initial Interview
We always arrange an initial interview within 48 hour of the client's first
call. During the initial meeting, the interviewer (intake worker) evaluates
which process would be most effective, discusses this with the client and develops
a treatment plan.
The day after the first visit with the selected therapist, the intake worker
calls the client to inquire about the client's comfort with the selected therapist.
If for any reason the client felt uncomfortable with the therapist, we offer
them an alternative therapist at no charge for the next session.
We have found that this process is very effective. Since we are a relatively
large group practice, therapists understand that idiosyncratic preferences
occur. Sometimes something about the therapist strikes the client wrong. We
go with their preference, regardless of the reason.
Frequency of Sessions
Clients are usually seen twice per week for the first three weeks and then
once per week following the initial visit. Our average treatment time is 27
weeks. Group therapy is also available.