My Approach to Helping
Psychotherapy is the process by which we learn from our therapeutic allies how to organize, coordinate and harness our internal and external resources to master challenges of daily living. It is my commitment to my patients to assist them to develop best practices to improve their mental efficiency and energy levels.
Mindfulness is the linchpin for developing a growth mindset. A growth mindset is inextricably tied to making our relationships to the many sides of ourselves, labors of love. Mindfulness by any other name puts the pens in our hands to write personalized narratives of success. A safe, secure, and empowering therapeutic alliance is an environment where we can grow beyond artificial limitations imposed on the expression of our creative potential.
You might say that ?good enough? therapeutic alliances support our reinvention as effective quarterbacks, CEO?s, and benevolent parents to the many sides of ourselves. It?s all about training our mindful muscles to develop habits of success: Discipline, playful problem solving, humility and a sense of humor, patience, and perseverance. Love is an action verb and we don?t learn how to love ourselves in isolation. We all need people who lead by example to encourage and guide us to achieve optimal wellness. This is my role and my promise to my patients.
More Info About My Practice
I am a licensed clinical social worker by graduate training, and I have completed a 6 year postgraduate certificate program in the theory and practice of psychoanalysis. I have worked as a psychotherapist and couples counselor for 24 years. I have written a host of articles posted on this website and my own website at
In 2017 I published a memoir that chronicles my own journey to freedom from the mindless repetitions of ineffective habits of being. "Do I Still Need My Head Examined Or Just A New Pair Of Running Shoes?" was recognized as a finalist for The Beverly Hills Book Awards in the personal growth category.
Formerly I taught as an adjunct professor at colleges and universities in NJ. It is my inspired calling to help others reinvent their visions for what they can achieve in life despite the impact emotional trauma has had on their lives. There is freedom to create new possibilities when we feel secure enough to let go of unprocessed, inaccurate, and self-limiting ways of relating to yourself and others. We can stop clinging to old programming when we are able to be the parents to ourselves we may have missed out on early in life.
I integrate psycho-dynamic, family systems, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness concepts, , meditation, into individually tailored treatment plans. I will support and work in harmony with patients sponsored by 12 step fellowship groups.
It's human nature to cling to and over identify ourselves with familiar, and sometimes painful, habitual ways of looking at and coping with life. When we learn to be mindful and identify our valued selves as abilities to observe, reflect on, make sense of, and confidently act in our best interests, we shift towards embracing life as a gift to be enjoyed, and living as self-expressions worthy of celebration.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
The psychotherapy issues I feel particularly adept at helping people with are the treatment issues I have written about which reflects my wealth of experience and training treating such issues. They are: Addictions, Divorce; Life transitions; Divorce & Retirement, Couple's Counseling, Anger & Stress Management, and Performance Enhancement Issues.