Michael J. Vogel, Psy.D.

Better insight. Better outlook.

Are you stuck in a rut and doing the same things, over and over, despite your best efforts to change? Do you often feel lonely, misunderstood, or disconnected from others? Have you been troubled with a history of dissatisfying or hurtful relationships?

Dr. Vogel is a clinical psychologist who can help you better understand yourself and develop more satisfying relationships with others. Free yourself from troubling patterns. Feel known and connected. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Vogel today.

Dr. Vogel employs insight-oriented approaches in his clinical work. Insight-oriented approaches operate on the assumption that the better you know yourself, the better you will function and the better your outlook will become. Better functioning means that your symptoms may significantly diminish or even completely disappear over time. You may also experience improvements in your work, academic, social, romantic, and even athletic life. Insight-oriented approaches strive to help you understand how and why you function in the ways you do, which is intended to help you clarify your motivations.

They also show you that you have an internal world, with aspects beyond your immediate level of awareness, and they make sense of how your internal world operates.  In other words, insight-oriented approaches give you self-knowledge.  Most of all, they give you freedom.

When you have freedom, you have power. You have a greater range of choices available to you in any given situation. And you may come to feel more stable, even when your circumstances seem challenging or chaotic. In that way, insight-oriented approaches allow you to break free from old habits and patterns of behavior, empowering you to choose new ones as you see fit. Therefore, a primary goal of insight-oriented approaches is self-knowledge for the sake of freedom at the deepest level. And these sorts of experiences can provide you with hope and healing.

Insight-oriented approaches (which are sometimes referred to as psychodynamic in nature) are among the most effective approaches to clinical work

What can we gain by sailing to the moon if we are not able to cross the abyss that separates us from ourselves? This is the most important of all voyages of discovery, and without it, all the rest are not only useless, but disastrous.
— Thomas Merton