Howard Raiten, Ph.D., LCSW-R
|Professions: Psychotherapy, Clinical Social Work|
|License Status: I'm a licensed professional.|
|Primary Credential: LCSW-R|
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Living and working in a bustling city like Buenos Aires can be stressful, relationships can be difficult, raising healthy children can be challenging and meeting one's goals and expectations can be a demanding and complicated task.
My name is Dr. Howard Raiten and I am very pleased to be able to offer quality psychotherapy services, in English, to those of you who could benefit from such services. I believe that we all have tremendous human potential which is not being fully utilized and that psychotherapy is one powerful way to make that potential available for use in having a more satisfying life, better relationships and a general sense of well-being. It would be a privilege for me to work with you as part of this process and to be given the opportunity to help you better meet your needs and fulfill your potential. I have helped many people and I can help you.
In general, my work is based on a differential assessment of the client's issues and from this assessment an individualized plan of action is developed. The intervention attempts to facilitate understanding of the oppressive barriers ( internal and external) that prevent people from meeting their needs and reaching their potential. The process involves both reflection and action in a continuous liberating cycle. It is interactive and rooted in the conviction that human beings have enormous potential that can be actualized as a result of fully engaging in the psychotherapeutic process. Such a process occurs within the context of a nonjudgmental, trusting and respectful therapeutic relationship which cannot be underestimated regarding its power to facilitate positive change.
Email or Call Howard Raiten, Ph.D., LCSW-R at 1-800-651-8085 ext. 20326
More Info About My Practice
I am a licensed psychotherapist who provides psychotherapy services in English to individuals (children, adolescents, adults), couples, families and groups. I am also available for the provision of supervision, consultation and training to students and practicing psychotherapists. I have had over 30 years of experience practicing in multiple venues including Argentina, Hawaii, New York City, Boston, Hong Kong and Micronesia. In addition to practicing psychotherapy I have trained and supervised psychotherapy interns, taught at several universities including New York University, University of Denver, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Hawaii and the City University of New York, conducted research in the fields of psychotherapy and mental health and been the director of a multicultural mental health center. I provide short and long-term psychotherapy and am skilled at dealing with the whole range of mental health problems as well as personal growth and development issues.
If I can be of service I would be pleased to meet with you for an initial consultation at my office in Palermo, Buenos Aires.
My View on the Purpose of Psychotherapy
The general purpose of psychotherapy is to help clients to remove barriers (both internal and external) that are preventing them from satisfactorily meeting their needs and reaching their potential. This is done, within the context of a therapeutic client-therapist relationship, by focusing on cognitive restructuring, honest expression of emotions and changing destructive behavioral patterns. The therapist is in a unique position to assist the client as he/she has a set of skills developed over many years of education, training and experience to deal with such difficult tasks. Family and friends, although well-meaning, are limited in terms of what they can offer in that they are often intricately connected to the client and their problems; clients are unable and/or unwilling to share issues of such a personal and painful nature and, although family and friends often provide invaluable support, they do not have the requisite skills to effectively help with such issues.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
Regardless of one's theoretical orientation, the client-therapist relationship is critical for a successful therapeutic outcome. A quality therapeutic alliance creates the context within which psychotherapy occurs. Carl Rogers noted that the relationship between client and therapist provides the "necessary and sufficient" conditions for positive change. What are some of the attributes of such a relationship? For Rogers, they include warmth (unconditional positive regard, acceptance, nonjudgmental), active empathy and genuineness. To this I would add trust, respect and honesty. When a therapeutic relationship based on such characteristics develops, the client is more likely and willing to make themselves vulnerable and talk about the real issues that have contributed to their emotional pain and brought them to therapy; issues that relate to their insecurities, fears, dashed hopes and expectations, anxiety producing thoughts and feelings.
Unlike Rogers, I believe that a strong therapeutic alliance is not sufficient, as other factors relating to cognitive, affective and behavioral concerns play an important role in producing successful therapeutic results; but the relationship is definitely a crucial and absolutely necessary component in the therapeutic process.
My View on the Nature of 'Disorders'
Briefly, my view on the etiology or causes of mental health concerns and disorders includes the impact of three interrelated forces: life experience, biochemistry and genetics. The proportionate role of each depends on the particular mental health problem of concern. I believe that environmental factors have an influence on all three and that appropriate and timely interventions can potentially modify their negative impact.
We are living at a time in which we tend to "medicalize" many psychosocial problems and we often too quickly resort to the use of medication. I prefer to look at the bio-psycho-socio-spiritual aspects of each client in arriving at an assessment of a given problem. From this assessment, a thoughtful and effective treatment plan is formulated which can include individual psychotherapy, family therapy, medication and a variety of environmental interventions.
Psychotherapy, whether it focuses on cognitive, affective, behavioral or a combination of all three dimensions, remains a potent and powerful tool to facilitate clients reaching their goals and expectations thus living more satisfying and productive lives.
Services I Provide
- Individual Therapy & Counseling
- Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
- Clinical Supervision
- Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
- Home-Based Therapy
Ages I Work With
Groups I Work With
Individuals (children, adolescents, adults), couples, families, and groups. I deal with the whole range of mental health problems and personal growth and development issues. I provide short and long-term psychotherapy.
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