I'm a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a licensed Psychoanalyst. I've been practicing in both New York and New Jersey since 1983, when I graduated from the Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute in Manhattan. I spent four years of full-time, intensive training there, learning and practicing Individual Psychotherapy; Marital/Couple/Family Therapy; and Group Therapy.
Prior to this, I graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1974, and I'm an ordained Presbyterian Minister. I was on the Faculty at Blanton-Peale from 1983 to 1999, and was Director of the Spirituality and Psychotherapy Program there for five years. I continue to lead Clergy Support Groups and Workshops, and I teach classes on Healing and Spiritual Growth.
I am a Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors, and a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
For further information or for an appointment, call me at 201-444-9484 or at 212-683-5399, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Getting to know yourself in a safe, nonjudgmental relationship is very healing. The therapist knows, see, and accepts you for who you are. You then learn to be with aspects of yourself and with feelings that used to be too painful, scary, or shameful to bear. As you accept yourself and how you really feel, you feel strong even when you're most weak or vulnerable. You gain new insight, and are free to make changes.
Yes, that's a major factor in why therapy works. Deep and lasting change happens in large part because the therapist has been to those deep and wounded places in him/herself. Such a therapist is a guide and companion who can more likely empathize with what you're going through.
When people seek marriage or family therapy, they may feel angry, scared, in pain, and/or confused. The therapist helps create a safe environment in which people stop criticizing each other and learn to listen. The strengths and positive feelings in the family are reinforced, and we talk about what each person wants, and work towards those goals. Better communication leads to deeper intimacy. If it becomes clear over time that a relationship will not survive, therapy can help each person deal constructively with his or her pain, anger, grief, and fear. Families in pain, conflict, or chaos can be helped to better understand what is happening and learn to function in a way that enhances each person's life and growth.
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