The Spark: What is it and How to Create it Despite Learning Differences?

Ah the spark. We don’t know how to describe it, but we do know when we have it! It’s just that feeling that comes after a date. Maybe it’s the thought that we just have to see that person again. Perhaps it’s the excitement of a beating heart. One writer states that, “it’s that certainContinue reading “The Spark: What is it and How to Create it Despite Learning Differences?”

Finding the Way Forward: How Young Adults with Learning Differences can Build Self-Esteem while Navigating Uncertainties.

Many young adults with learning differences manage uncertainties in employment, social life, and family responsibilities. Some ponder worrisome thoughts such as, “How should I prepare for a work meeting? How am I going to prioritize among different assignments? How do I get ready for a date?” These are valid questions. Sometimes, there may be noContinue reading “Finding the Way Forward: How Young Adults with Learning Differences can Build Self-Esteem while Navigating Uncertainties.”

Teletherapy

Therapy does not always need to be provided in an office setting. In fact, there are many times when it can be more convenient to speak to your therapist from the comfort of your own home. Teletherapy is an effective method for scheduling regular therapy sessions without onerous commutes. You an also plan sessions withinContinue reading “Teletherapy”

COVID-19: Why is it so Hard for those who Learn Differently!

These  are stressful and uncertain times. Practicing social distancing and good hygiene is essential! There is no question that individuals with learning differences must also do the same. However, these expectations may not be as easy for those who already struggle to recognize personal space and remaining organized. This is especially true for individuals withContinue reading “COVID-19: Why is it so Hard for those who Learn Differently!”

A Two-Pronged Approach: How and Why Individuals with Learning Differences Benefit from Coaching and Emotionally Focused Psychotherapy

  A call with a potential client yesterday reminded me why I provide psychotherapy and coaching. He described how his challenges meeting deadlines and finding a professional path have provoked symptoms of depression. He was looking for concrete strategies to improve his organization. However, he did also genuinely want to rebuild his self-confidence and overallContinue reading “A Two-Pronged Approach: How and Why Individuals with Learning Differences Benefit from Coaching and Emotionally Focused Psychotherapy”

Finding the True Man Within: Masculinity and Mental Health Challenges for Men with Different Types of Learning Differences

As a Bergen County psychotherapist and coach, I see many young men who are struggling with some aspect of their masculinity. For young men with learning differences, social rejection, challenges in school, and later difficulties maintaining employment can not only be acutely painful, but also shake the foundation of their manhood.  The intersection of disabilityContinue reading “Finding the True Man Within: Masculinity and Mental Health Challenges for Men with Different Types of Learning Differences”

Dating Skills Group

  Dating can be stressful for anyone, but for young adults with Asperger Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorder, it can seem especially challenging. Through the implementation of a six- week curriculum, each participant will have the opportunity to support one another in exploring the world of dating, collaborating on new strategies through role-play and discussion, andContinue reading “Dating Skills Group”

The Present and the Past: How to Navigate the Complexity of Learning Differences in Couples Therapy

As learning differences have become better understood, a wider array of coaching and dating services have become available for young adults facing these challenges. However, what has been less researched, but is equally important to understand, are the long term emotional impacts of learning differences on a relationship. Many couples in which one or bothContinue reading “The Present and the Past: How to Navigate the Complexity of Learning Differences in Couples Therapy”

Unseen Challenges: The Unique Needs of Young Adults with “Invisible Disabilities” in the Work Place.

  As learning differences are increasingly studied and new interventions have been created, a relatively new term has been devised to describe those with less noticeable cognitive, mental health, and health-related challenges: “invisible disabilities.” (Association, ND). While historically these individuals may have been under-supported in the academic context, as a result of increasing research andContinue reading “Unseen Challenges: The Unique Needs of Young Adults with “Invisible Disabilities” in the Work Place.”

How to Be Honest: Discussing Physical Attraction Towards Others and Pornography Use in Relationships

Some of the most sensitive and challenging topics for couples are physical attraction towards others and pornography use. Couples will frequently avoid these topics for fear of provoking each other’s insecurities and jealousy. However, the truth is that the guilt and embarrassment that stop couples from sharing also hinders emotional and physical intimacy. With aContinue reading “How to Be Honest: Discussing Physical Attraction Towards Others and Pornography Use in Relationships”

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