I am a licensed psychologist, an entepreneur, and I must say that I love what I do! I took a circuitous route to get here, however... I began by studying chemistry and computer programming and soon decided that that was not my calling. Computers don't converse with you (at least they didn't when I was working with them). So, I chose to move on to study psychology and work with children and families after volunteering in a Children's Crisis Center in Denver, CO.
After I began to volunteer, I was so moved by what children, families, and adults go through in life that I decided to go back to school. I knew that I needed to obtain my PhD because I wanted to have the theoretical background and intensive training needed to help others and make a difference. After eight carefully planned intensive years of study and training, I earned my PhD in Clinical Psychology specializing in working with children.
I established Minisink Psychology & Psychotherapy to provide mental health care within the managed care environment. Our goal is to provide knowledgable and effective guidance whether you are dealing with long-standing issues, finding ways to cope more effectively, improving your relationships, or learning how to make better choices in your life.
So, a little about how I work...
I would best describe myself as a therapist and guide interested in both working through present issues, as well as understanding any underlying roots, patterns, and themes. I believe that armed with this knowledge, people can attain more control over their lives, difficulties, struggles, and strengths. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each individual to help them attain the peace, constructive growth, and goals they’re striving for. I work with children, adolescents, parents and families and incorporate my treatment approach accordingly.
Within this framework, I would say that I strive to be an interactive, solution-focused therapist. My treatment approach aims to provide support and practical feedback to help people address current life challenges and long-standing issues. Together with my clients, we also identify new ways of coping with challenges and struggles.
With compassion and understanding, I attempt to help individuals find resolution to a wide range of personal and/or family concerns, as well as psychological issues. Utilizing an integration of psychodynamic and cognitive approaches, we aim to not only develop an understanding and acceptance of current problems, but we also strive to overcome the struggles and difficulties and develop alternative ways of coping, believing, and behaving. I believe that armed with this knowledge, clients can then move forward and beyond any roadblocks they might have to becoming whom they desire to be.
I am a strong believer in DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), and I try and incorporate as many of the skills as I can in my individual and family work with people. I'm also learning and adapting a structured treatment approach for anxiety and panic, which has been shown to be effective in treating panic disorder.
2001: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Seton Hall University, So. Orange, NJ
1988: MS in Systems Management from University of Southern California
1980: BS in Chemistry from Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Licensed Psychologist in NJ and NY
Member of NJPA & HVPA