Probably, the most significant experiences influencing my work with clients has been my own personal emotional and in-therapy experiences. These have been both pleasant and unpleasant. I have used negative roles models and resultant experiences to move and redirect my style toward a more therapeutic direction as well as following positive role models on a healthy therapeutic path.
My favorite book both for myself and clients is one that has often helped me regain and keep my grounding and thus I offer it to others for the same. Stillness Speaks by Eckhart Tolle is a book of short meditative readings which are meant to be experienced in the here and now of the present moment rather than simply providing intellectual or behavioral information. It can lead one out of incessant doing into being (present).
Recently, over the past ten years of clinical practice, my focus has become from being a top down therapist to a bottom up therapist. This has been through utilizing the practice of Brainspotting. Specifically, this methodology has caused me to refocus more on how we respond physically to a situation, then emotionally, and finally intellectually. It has invited me and at times forced me to pay very close attention to clients and myself experientially in the present moment thus assisting me in becoming a better therapist.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
Regular involvement with a substance or activity in a compulsive, hard to control way that often has harmful consequences. Often refers to substance use, but can include compulsive behaviors such as sex, gambling, or shopping.
Children that experience parents and/or guardians that are avoidant, ambivalent, or resistant from an early age, may develop attachment issues. This can manifest as difficulty forming or maintaining friendships, romantic relationships and empathetic bonds throughout life, as well as other issues.
Any kind of pain that lasts three months or more. Can range from mild to severely debilitating and affect a person’s quality of life, sometimes leading to depression, anxiety, isolation, and insomnia.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Workplace issues are a common source of stress and can include interpersonal conflict, communication problems, gossip, harassment, discrimination, low motivation and job satisfaction, performance issues, and poor job fit.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Social anxiety or social phobia is fear of social situations or a fear of interacting with people other than close friends and family. Social anxiety can be persistent, intense, and debilitating, greatly affecting daily life.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Abuse includes any significant mistreatment along the lines of psychical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and neglect. Survivors of abuse may experience negative thoughts and feelings, flashbacks, distrust of others, social withdrawal, self-harm, and increased likelihood of developing mental health and substance abuse issues.
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Oxford Health Plans
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Young Adults (18-24)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Trained in EMDR, Brainspotting, and Psychodrama
NJ, LPC, 37PC00065800
NV, LMFT, CP5088
NV, LMFT, CP5088
NV, LMFT, CP5088
Master of Education in Counseling, Lehigh University, 1976
My first therapy experience was during the Summer of 1969 doing a follow up study of the first 100 Alcoholics experiencing Marathon therapy. My first professional experience began in 1971, nearly 50 years ago. Since then I have worked with individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and groups dealing with substance related disorders, co-occurring disorders, emotional disorders, trauma, anxiety, grief, and pain. My therapeutic expertise has been with EMDR, Brainspotting, clinical hypnosis, mindfulness/meditation/imagery, biofeedback, psychodrama, Reiki, and a 12 Step focus. I also have perspective and experience related to the "Burner" community. My playa name is Pax.
,, Deptford, 08096, NJ