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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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2017-01-11 Grieving mom's unexpected death:

Sid,  first, my sympathies on the loss of your mom.  Having worked for our local hospice as the coordinator of bereavement services, I've learned a lot from the people who I saw. First, is to accept the

2017-01-05 COUNSELING:

Hi, Andrew.  I'll do my best to answer your questions.  In terms of how counseling may help, from my perspective as a solution-focused practitioner, I would answer that this all depends on what your personal

2016-11-08 real thought-broadcasting:

Corta, I've been thinking about your question and realize that perhaps I could be more prescriptive.  Here's my suggestion.  You need to find out how extensive this issue is and that requires doing some

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Corta, it seems to me that your missing a great opportunity here.  You have a talent and ability that has the possibility of affecting people's lives in positive ways.  Imagine someone perceiving "what

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


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