Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, destructive behaviors from those closest to you, difficulties with your job or constantly feeling hurt? Are you going through a crisis, such as loss of a job, divorce, illness, or difficulties with your aging parents? Have you experienced a recent or childhood trauma?

Our individual therapy is geared to help you alleviate your suffering, move through a crisis and live life more fully.

At Guttman & Pearl Associates, we focus on helping you develop new tools to improve the quality of your life, heal deep hurts from current and past experiences, increase your self-esteem, manage stress and anger, and most importantly, to find joy and calm. Our therapists are warm, comforting, active and supportive. Individual therapy is tailored to your specific needs.

Specialties at Guttman & Pearl Associates

We often hear people say, “A part of me feels…” or “A part of me wants…” We might have a part that is angry or sad and as a result takes over our life. At these times, we become reactive. Our actions cause pain to ourselves and those close to us. The therapists at Guttman & Pearl Associates use a method of psychotherapy called Internal Family Systems (IFS). IFS helps you recognize your parts and become compassionate and curious about these parts. We assist clients to understand the role different parts play in their lives, release the painful feelings, and learn to act from a more mindful place. By appreciating those aspects of ourselves, people develop a healthy self-esteem and closer connections with their loved ones.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) strives to help people live a full and meaningful life. Using ACT, our therapists will guide you in developing the psychological skills necessary to deal with painful thoughts and feelings, so that they have less impact and influence over you. We will help you to accept what is out of your personal control, effectively handle the pain and stress that is inevitable in life, and commit to action that is consistent with what is most important to you. ACT is rooted in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness and Gestalt Therapy.

Many people experience trauma at some time in their lives, such as childhood sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, sexual assault, or events due to accidents or war.  The effects of post-traumatic stress can be devastating and limiting. Therapists at Guttman & Pearl Associates are trained to use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to help you heal from trauma and live a productive life.  In particular, if you suffer from past sexual abuse or sexual assault, our expertise in sex therapy and EMDR can help you find your way to a positive sexual self-esteem.