Clients tell me that I am warm, accepting and nonjudgmental, and at the same time able to give direct feedback and guide them to find creative solutions to the problems they present. I view psychotherapy as a collaborative process: you and I partner to identify obstacles in the path to a more satisfying life and, together, we work to formulate a plan and marshal a range of strategies and evidence-based treatments. I often assign behavioral tasks or "homework" between sessions and provide coaching as clients practice the new skills they have gained.
While I am well-trained in psychopathology and psychiatric diagnosis, I work from a strength-based model, focusing on mobilizing inner resources and expanding one's options and perspective. I also believe that developing healthy support systems outside of the therapy realm is a vital part of the process. A fundamental piece of my job is to help clients identify and solidify these supports as we work to implement change.
Joanna Scheier, LCSW
209 Cooper Avenue, Suite 9A
Upper Montclair, NJ 07043