Naomi Sternberg Verified
Couples and Family Therapist
I am a New York State Licensed Clinical Marriage & Family Therapist with over 25 years experience in the mental health field. I have dealt with multicultural and varied populations ranging from preschool through adulthood. In Israel I am primarily seeing individuals and couples with regard to premarital counseling, relationship issues, remarriages, and family dynamics. My training stems from a family systems approach with post graduate training in Attachment Theory and multiple losses. I therefore involve the whole family unit and apply eclectic modalities to meet the customized needs and nature of my clients. I assist my clients in tapping into their inner strengths and maximize their potential to work with their chronic and sudden onset issues. As a result I have seen and marveled at many of my clients resilience and growth despite their depression, anxiety, losses, and complexities. I often use a behavioral approach as well as mindfulness to bring my clients to a present state of thoughtfulness and awareness of who they are and who they can become. As a result of my training with Gottman and Imago, I have developed my own style with couples which I have found to be both beneficial and rewarding.
St. Thomas University, Miami, Fla.
St. Thomas University, Miami, Fla.
Clinical Member of the AAMFT(American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy)
Fellow of the APA (American Psychotherapy Association)
Telephone Counseling, Online Therapy
Couples / Relationship / Marriage Counseling
Parenting Issues / Training
pre marital counseling
BehaviorismBehaviorism is an approach to psychology that emphasizes the role of the environment in shaping behavior. It is based on the assumption that behavior is determined by environmental influences, such as reinforcements and punishments, rather than by internal influences, such as thoughts and feelings.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on how one's thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected and can be changed. It is based on the idea that how we think (cognition) and how we feel (emotion) can influence how we behave. CBT helps people identify and challenge distorted thinking and replace it with more balanced thinking, leading to improved mood and behavior. ‘Homework’, usually containing practical writing exercises, is often completed by the client between sessions to reinforce the therapy. Examples of tools that practitioners often use are journaling, challenging beliefs, and mindfulness.
Family Systems TherapyFamily Systems Therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that emphasizes the importance of understanding how the family functions as a whole, and how individual family members interact and affect one another. It focuses on how family dynamics, such as communication patterns, roles, and power dynamics, shape behavior, and how changing these dynamics can lead to positive change. Family Systems Therapy is a collaborative approach, where the therapist works with the family as a whole to identify and address areas of conflict and distress.
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is a form of therapy that combines cognitive behavioral therapy with mindfulness practices. It is based on the idea that our thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations can affect our mental health. MBCT helps individuals become aware of their thoughts, emotions, and physical sensations in order to gain insight and control over them. MBCT helps clients learn how to recognize their sense of being and see themselves as separate from their thoughts and moods. This separation can free the client from thought patterns in which the repeated negative messages may be dominating the client’s focus. After developing an awareness of the separation between thoughts, emotions, and the self, people in treatment may find that while the self and the emotions may exist simultaneously, they do not have to exist within the same dimension. The healing can take place when one learns how to interject positive thoughts into negative moods and thereby create a shift in mood.
Systems Theory / TherapySystems therapy is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on understanding how people's behavior is affected by their relationships with others. This form of therapy is based on the idea that the individual is embedded within a larger system, such as a family unit or work environment, and that changes to that system can cause changes in an individual's behavior. Systems therapy emphasizes the importance of understanding how these systems interact and how they can be changed to improve the individual's mental health. The therapist works to identify patterns of behavior in the system, identify areas of conflict or stress, and help the individuals develop strategies to make changes within the system that will lead to healthier outcomes.