Noah is a licensed marriage and family therapist and mental health counselor who has worked with individuals, couples, and families for 25-plus years in various social service, counseling, and consultation roles within different communities, including mental health clinics, residential treatment centers, emergency shelters, hospice organizations, home-based therapy programs, summer camps, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and in private practice.
The holder of a master's degree in counseling psychology from Humboldt State University, Noah launched GoodTherapy.org in 2007 as a platform to advocate for ethical mental health treatment and to challenge the application of the medical and pathology-based approaches within mental health. His efforts and vision for psychotherapy have been featured extensively in the media, including numerous radio and television interviews and print articles.
Noah’s mission to protect people in therapy, to protect the practice of psychotherapy, and to support therapists working in collaborative, empowering, and non-pathologizing ways comes from a place of deep care about the potential for psychotherapy. Noah believes psychotherapy can help individuals reunite with their true self, that core within all of us that embodies calm, compassion, confidence, satisfaction, wisdom, and a deeper connection to and awareness of others.
Noah jokes that, similar to the person behind Hair Club, he’s not only the founder of GoodTherapy.org, he’s also a client. Because therapy, as he attests, pretty much saved his life, and because, as a therapist himself, he has seen psychotherapy transform the lives of many others, he views psychotherapy as a sacred practice. He believes it is sacred because it not only has the potential to dramatically restore an individual’s life, but because it, in turn, can change the world. Given the great potential of psychotherapy, the mission and vision of GoodTherapy.org is aimed at addressing four harmful trends within the field of mental health that threaten psychotherapy: the medical model, big pharma, myths and stigmas about psychotherapy, and the small percentage of therapists who abuse their power and get their emotional needs met at the expense of the people they work with.
When not at the office, Noah is usually placating his 9- and 7-year-old boys by dressing up as Nacho Libre or Batman and having endless wrestling matches with them.
Noah's Articles on GoodTherapy.org:
- Finding Compassion and Hope after the Loss of Robin Williams
- Does Your Therapist See You as a Person or as a Patient?
- Challenging the Myths that Stigmatize Psychotherapy
- Myth: The Therapist Has It All Together
- Myth: The Therapist Is More Powerful than the Person in Therapy
- Myth: The Therapist Has the Most Important Information
- The Idealization of the Therapist
- The Dirtiest Word in the DSM
- The Devaluation of the Person in Therapy
- Myth Madness: ‘The Therapist Will Interrogate, Blame, and Shame Me’
- Myth Madness: ‘Therapy Is Endless and Will Cost a Fortune’
- Myth Madness: ‘The Therapist Has It All Worked Out’
- Myth Madness: ‘Therapy Relies on a Therapist’s Wisdom for Answers’
- Myth Madness: ‘Therapy Will Make Me Worse’
- Myth Madness: ‘Therapy Is Only for Treating Disorders, Not Growth’
- Myth Madness: ‘The Therapist Will Confirm My Worst Fear(s)’
- Myth Madness: ‘Going to Therapy Means I’m Weak, Flawed, or Crazy’
- Join GoodTherapy.org in Celebrating National Psychotherapy Day
- My Therapist Cries during Our Sessions; Is This Normal?
- Must Therapy Be Warranted by Mental Health Diagnoses?
- How Do I Get My Husband to Go to Therapy?
- Should We Feel Sympathy for Sociopaths?
- Hope: The Symbolism of a New Era of Political Change
- Is Violence Hard-Wired?
- Good Therapy, Bad Therapy, and Everything in Between
- History Taking in Therapy: What’s Your Approach?
- 50 Warning Signs of Questionable Therapy and Counseling
- Can Collaborative Therapy Heal Trauma Safely?
- How to Choose a Counselor or Therapist
- Is Psychoanalysis ‘Good’ Therapy?
- Working Nonpathologically: A Critique and a Response
- Solving without Solving? Now That’s Good Therapy
- Doctor, Do You Think I Need Medication?