About Dr. Rosenberg
Successful psychotherapy has a lot to do with the relationship between the therapist and patient. The connection I speak of is a personal one based on vulnerability and trust, but not on dependency. My style is warm and engaging and I treat each individual/couple as unique without a one-size-fits-all approach. I have found that each person who steps into my office might come in with a similar complaint or problem, but once I get to know this person, he or she stands out in his or her own way, demanding an individualized approach to solving the problem. When you meet me, you will find that I am an approachable person who is warm and engaging. I have dedicated my life to helping people feel better, getting to know themselves a little better and learning how to have more fulfilling relationships with those around them. For those who have not been to therapy, it can be a somewhat frightening idea but I assure you that you will find that this is a gift; a gift that will stay with you for a very long time. I am not the stereotypical “shrink” who quietly listens and nods. I like to think of my therapy room as a place in which you will feel safe to explore your issues and where you don’t feel alone or judged or diagnosed or misunderstood while doing so. Your time in therapy can be as long or as short as you wish. I believe in working with my patients, where we look at problems together. I consider the weeks or months we spend together a success if I can help guide you to find the best solutions to those problems. We may go back in time to explore your childhood; we may not. It will depend on what is going on at the present time and how relevant your past is to the present issue. But the goal remains the same and that is to help you feel better and to help you find a serenity that you may not have had prior to entering my office. A more long-term goal is to discover solutions so that once you leave the therapy room and life presents itself with renewed struggles, you are armed with a confidence to address those struggles in a way you might not have been prior to beginning treatment. I am here to walk beside you until you feel comfortable walking your path without my help. I hear stories from past patients who periodically remember something that was discussed at a particular session, which then fuels a confidence in them to act in a way that is healthier than they might have acted before coming to therapy. That is my hope for you. I graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a BA in Psychobiology and then earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Montrose, NY where I mainly worked with Veterans who suffered from PTSD and Substance Abuse. My postdoctoral training and further employment at West Bergen Mental Healthcare in Ridgewood enabled me to work with the more general psychiatric conditions within our community. I discovered through my training and working years that I gravitated towards helping those who suffer from a lack of self-confidence, who use substances, food or other maladaptive coping tools to avoid being genuine and honest with themselves. This of course will affect their mood, possibly making them depressed or anxious, which will affect their relationships with loved ones or make starting new relationships more difficult. What I have discovered most about others is that when one comes in for therapy, one finds hope because the relationship that they begin to develop with me is one where shame and judgment does not exist. In fact, it becomes a proving ground, a safe place to speak honestly and practice what eventually will become second nature to you – relationships based on confidence and love of your self.