Multi-disciplinary, NJ and NY licensed psychologist, with specialty training in behavioral medicine (biofeedback and hypnosis), couples' therapy, and long-term individual psychotherapy. Particular interest in religious and spiritual issues in psychotherapy. 40 years of practice in a variety of settings: suburban communities, universities, inner cities, prisons, veterans, law enforcement officers. Current practice is part-time. Semi-retired. Also a Professor, researcher, and writer.
I believe that every person has the potential to create positive change in their life. Often many things get in way to achieve those goals, such trauma, depression, anxiety and fear. Far too often we struggle internally and not knowing where to turn. When life gets hard it is always wonderful to have someone there to help walk alongside with you through the hardships in life. My goal is to make this therapeutic experience as pleasing and positive for you. I am here to guide you through those hard patches along the way based on your needs.
I offer services that range from traditional types of therapies to life coaching and mentoring; career planning and development. The work we do together builds on your needs and desires. That includes figuring out the most effective, comfortable ways for you to meet your challenges, and find your safest, strongest, happiest sense of self. I also offer several kinds of techniques that can help you "tune in" to your feelings and strengths in ways that feel good, and meaningful to you.
Imagine being seen as a person, and not as a set of behaviors? My role as a therapist is about creating an environment where you are accepted for who you are , free of evaluation and judgement. As a client this allows for freedom to share your thoughts and feelings, and to cultivate your personal resources within to help yourself. Our work together focuses upon identifying and ACCEPTING your many positive attributes as well as the negative beliefs you may cling to about yourself, and those around you. When you are encouraged to think freely and creatively without criticism ...there is hope.
Life transitions can create extreme stress as well as profound opportunity. Relationships that we depend on; with our spouse, parents, children, colleagues inevitably change and may benefit from a fresh perspective. My expertise enables us to examine these relationships with compassion, facilitating insight that can lead to change. I received a doctorate in psychology and religion as well as formal training in individual, marriage and family therapy. I have 25+ years of experience offering relational psychotherapy to individuals, couples, families and groups.
I believe that each individual is capable of growth and change. Most of the time clients accomplish this by using the strengths they already have. When facing depression, anxiety, life changes and stress it can be very difficult to see a solution on your own. It may be especially difficult for men or young people to enter therapy for the first time. I understand this and work with you to make the process as comfortable as possible. Together we can be partners on your journey to emotional wellness.
SCHEDULE TEMPORARILY FULL-NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS AT THIS TIME. I believe that life's challenges do not have to be faced alone. Many of us have encountered situations during which a helping hand has made all the difference. When working with my clients, I emphasize that no two journeys are alike. As such, I utilize a variety of evidence based therapeutic strategies that will best fit the individual's needs.
Licensed Professional Counselor, PhD, LPC, NCC, ACS
Every client deserves to be treated with genuine compassion, kindness, and empathy. At Intentional Hearts Counseling Services, my intention is to provide you with the highest level of professional counseling in a comfortable, safe environment. As a Professional counselor, I have 15 years of experience working in an array of mental health settings. I am certified as a national counselor and an approved clinical supervisor. I received my PhD in counseling from a CACREP accredited counseling program at Barry University.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience providing services in community mental health programs and private practice settings. My practice incorporates cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness based techniques to assist you in managing a wide array of challenges including depression, anxiety, anger, life transitions, career and academic issues, family/relationship problems, and more. My goal is to provide a warm, comfortable environment where you will receive the support, skills, and empowerment to find happiness and calm in your life.
Do you ever feel stuck, as if despite your efforts you feel as though you can't move forward in your life? Many things get in the way of our ability to achieve our goals. Struggles with depression, anxiety, self judgement, fear, trauma, and addiction all have a tendency to paralyze us. We often are left feeling hopeless and emotionally drained. Through therapy we allow ourselves to find solutions in areas that feel like a dead end. By exploring the barriers that stand in our way, we can build self awareness, skills and confidence to overcome any obstacle.
Do you suffer from anxiety, mood, self-esteem, weight issues, medical symptoms affected by stress? Trying to cope while not understanding how to transform patterns that are keeping you stuck can be a very frustrating, painful, isolating experience. I am a holistic therapist that offers a warm, caring environment to explore and heal the core reasons for your distress. I will help you heal, and working with the wisdom of your body, teach you to up-regulate and down-regulate your system, manage your thoughts, emotions, and spirit, to move you towards feeling better and reaching your personal goals. These skills should last a lifetime.
I have worked with individuals, couples and groups for the past 30+ years. My interest is in being a catalyst for change - helping people find and lead more fulfilling lives - has not wavered but rather, increased. It has, and continues to be an exciting privelege for me to be invited into my clients' lives with the common goal of facilitating new personal insights and enhancing relationships both at "home" and in clients' broader social communities.
I appreciate you taking an interest in my practice. I have been a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor for eight years. I work with adults of all ages in individual, couple or family settings. Some people seek psychotherapy during difficult life circumstances or in times of transition. I help clients with life changes, anxiety, depression, parenting, relationships and stress management.
The goal of our work together is to enhance your self-reliance,self-trust, and your ability to enjoy life. This is accomplished in an atmosphere of mutual acceptance, trust and respect. I have been in private practice for 17 years, use a psycho-dynamic/ cognitive behavioral approach. Utilize additional therapeutic tools (if appropriate to the client and desired by the client), such as hypnosis, EMDR and Thought Field Therapy (Energy Psychology). Offering individaul, couple, or family therapy.
I have worked with teenagers and adults addressing substance abuse and mental health issues for 14 years. I am able to work with teenagers regarding self esteem issues, peer pressure, mood disorders, and substance abuse. I often work with families and couples to work through conflict. I can also complete comprehensive drug and alcohol evaluations that may be required for court mandated clients. Overall, I facilitate individual, couples, and family therapy sessions to explore effective ways of achieving personal goals.
As a psychotherapist with extensive training and experience working with the adolescent and adult population, I’ve helped many individuals suffering from OCD, Anxiety, and Sex Addiction. My clients have seen powerful results as they learn to transform negative patterns towards living calm, productive, and meaningful lives. Having received training from Dr. Jonathan Grayson and Dr. Reid Wilson, world renowned OCD and Anxiety experts respectively, I have gained particular expertise in the treatment of these disorders.
Challenges are inevitable within any individual life experience. It is my hope to work with you to improve your ability to overcome these times. Empowerment and increasing self-understanding are ever-present goals in my practice. Whether you are dealing with a mental health diagnosis, a life transition, relationship issues, or simply seeking personal growth, you deserve support along the way. I believe in working as a team to increase insight and develop practical strategies to improve your confidence and quality of life.
Are you ready for an opportunity to work on persistent and perhaps lifelong patterns of thinking and behaving that get in your way of creating the life you want.
Are you ready to evaluate where you are, where you want to be and what skills you need in your life to get there. I invite you to join with me in your therapeutic journey to fulfill your goals.
Congratulations and thank you for initiating the first step in achieving a healthy state of well-being. This journey can be a difficult one on your own, but I look forward to being the one to assist you in accomplishing your goals in treatment. I will assist you to feel the rewarding benefits of therapy and the balance that you have been looking for. My professional experience is varied and unique which allows me to meet the needs of a diverse population with people experiencing different areas of struggle.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Long Branch are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Long Branch then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
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What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Long Branch specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
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