I am often asked why I chose to become a psychologist. I grew up in a family system that placed value on helping others, especially during their times of need and struggles. I saw firsthand how devastating pain and suffering can be, and I saw how the care of even one person can make a difference. There are many ways we can help, but I learned that the most caring way to help others is to be in the present moment with them when they are struggling. I truly believe that caring for another person is a privilege, and to know that I can make a difference in their healing is a life principle I value greatly. It is for this reason, I chose to become a psychologist, not only to use my professional skills to help others, but also through compassionate care to be of service during times of suffering. During my over 30 years of practice, I have seen what people can do and how much they can heal when they commit themselves to changing their lives. I have had the privilege of working with so many incredible people who, through their commitment to therapy, have changed the course of their future. None of us can change past events, but we can all create a new future that honors the lives we want to live.
I have the utmost respect for anyone who seeks therapy, and who is willing to be vulnerable, trusting, and courageous. I see therapy as not just a time to talk, but as a platform for change and healing. When we hurt and feel alone and misunderstood, we want to know that there is someone who cares, who can help, and who really "gets us" and gives us the tools and hope we need.
Just as people are different, so is each therapeutic relationship. I make every attempt to understand what each person seeking therapy needs, and then tailor treatment to hopefully meet his/her needs. It is for this reason that I use a number of treatment approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, problem-solving, and psychodynamic therapy when needed.
Having grown up bi-cultural and respecting persons of diversity, I work with a wide range of client populations representing people of diverse backgrounds. I respect individual differences greatly. Many of the clients I tend to see present with mood disorders such as depression, and with anxiety, including panic disorder. I also work with clients presenting with trauma, past and present, and with life stressors and transitions, to name a few.
Many people place their faith and hope in their circumstances or in the world around them, only to find themselves stuck in their life, feeling defeated and hopeless. I see change being personal and starting with the individual himself/herself. I think it is important for each person to be an advocate in their own world, while always maintaining a sense of hope and confidence. If I can facilitate the healing process through therapy, it would be my joy and my honor. Sometimes, hope does not come from removing our struggles, but rather, it comes from knowing that we can endure through it.
I am accepting new clients, and I am on almost all insurance panels. I look forward to the opportunity of working with you, if you decide to seek therapy with me. I believe that, together, we can work towards healing and a better quality of life.
Joseph G. Hadeed, Ph.D.