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Ooms Pond Painting       I am a social worker with over 55 years of experience as a psychotherapist, supervisor of psychotherapists and social workers, couples' counselor and administrator in mental health agencies. In addition to having an M.S.W. and Ph.D. degrees, and having completed advanced training programs in adult and child/adolescent psychotherapy, I have also completed training programs as a hypnotherapist, and as a family and divorce mediator as well as courses in cognitive behavioral therapy, solution oriented short term therapy and family therapy.
      In the course of my career I became interested in an area which, in our society, was a taboo subject ignored by most therapist as well as schools of social work, psychology and psychotherapy training institutes. This is the impact that money, as a psychological force, affecting people‚Äôs beliefs, behaviors, emotional states and their relationships with each other and themselves. I focused on these issues with many of my patients and developed my own new specialty called Money and Relationships Psychotherapy. To this I added Money And Relationships Life Coaching, Guidance, Emotional Support and Education. I have written several articles and books about money and psychotherapy and money and relationships (most of which appear in the Books & Articles section of this website) and have run workshops for professionals and the public.
      But, within the field of mental health, emotional problems, or problems of self esteem, relationships or behavioral problems stemming from one's attitudes and beliefs about money, are not recognized, as mental disorders. They cannot be assigned a psychiatric diagnosis and treated by psychotherapy. Many psychotherapists do assign legitimate psychiatric diagnoses, such as anxiety or depressive or compulsive disorders to patients in order to also treat problems arising from one's relationship to money.


View from Olana       This allows them to bill insurance companies so that the patients do not have to pay for their treatment out of pocket. Much of the time, however, money related behavioral or emotional problems do not fit neatly into any psychiatric diagnostic category. Indeed, though money can sometimes be associated with mental disorders, it is often how money affects people which become the stressor from which mental disorders arise. So, in order to treat those who are not mentally ill (I prefer the term "clients" to "patients" I have increasingly considered what I do (not just those with money related concerns but others who have concerns that cannot easily be categorized as an illness) is more properly referred to ( as mentioned above) in terms of Life Coaching, Guidance, Emotional Support and Education.
      On, May 1, 2017 my license to practice psychotherapy in New York (LCSW) expired and, rather than take hours of courses that do not interest me, or apply to what I do and cope with the restrictions imposed by governmental and insurance bureaucracies, I will no longer practice "therapy." I regret that I will no longer be able to serve those who depend on insurance to pay for the help they need. But, there are many other good therapists out there and I will be glad to suggest some of these if asked.
      That is what I do and have done in my career so far. My style is something else. I tend to be interactive, conversational and non-authoritarian. I listen carefully and use what I hear to help my clients understand the roots of their problems. And, based on this understanding, I often offer my opinions and make recommendations, but only as suggestions to be considered. Most importantly, I believe I am empathetic and create an atmosphere in which my clients feel understood and accepted. This, as much as anything else can go a long way toward helping.

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