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General questions about counseling, psychotherapy and mental health.

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Over 30 years as a therapist, clinical supervisor and solution-focused trainer. I've worked in a variety of settings including adolescent day treatment, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, community mental health clinics, and hospice. Further information is available on my website:


A founding member of the Solution Focused Brief Therapy Association, Academy of Certified Social Workers, Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in New York State.


Co-authored "Solution-Focused Brief Practice With Long-Term Clients in Mental Health Services: I'm More Than My Label." Authored: "Solution-Focused Practice in End-of-Life and Grief Counseling" Several articles published in professional journals including 2 with Insoo Kim Berg. Further details are available at


Masters of Social Work (Yeshiva University 1978). 5 years training in Transactional Analysis, certified in Advanced Ericksonian Psychotherapy and Hypnosis with the New York Society (NYSEPH), Advanced training and advanced supervision seminar in solution-focused brief therapy with the co-developers of the approach, Insoo Kim Berg and Steve de Shazer

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Recent Answers from Joel Simon

2016-10-12 lies in a relationship:

Melanie:  Allow me to make some assumptions:  normally you're not a mistrustful person.  Your capable of forming trusting relationships with other people: friends & family for example. Given that you're

2016-09-30 Is this normal?:

Hi, Bud.  First the disclaimer;  I'm not a physician.  If you have any  medical concerns, you should consult with your doctor.  Having said that, I think what you describe is pretty typical of someone

2016-07-31 question on the mating game:

Sam,  The trouble I have with your questions is that it paints a whole gender with the same paintbrush.  While there may be women who lie and manipulate, there are many others who are caring, honest, open

2016-07-22 friendships:

Hi, Andrew:  I think the best way to connect with people is to find others who share your interests and values.  My suggestion is rather than focusing on making friends, focus on engaging in activities

2016-01-28 Thoughts:

Ed, all depends.  What you describe sounds like a self-hypnotic technique - something that many people would love to be able to do - so, yes, in that case you are unique.  The quetion is, are you in control


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