Online Therapy Validates New Yorkers

NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Does getting to your therapy appointment sometimes feel like running an obstacle course? Do you wish you could schedule therapy outside of normal business hours? Is the "Six Degrees of Separation Rule" of the city unwelcomed when you are in your therapist's office waiting room or en route to your appointment?

NY licensed psychotherapist, Pamela Garber, LMHC, provides online sessions to busy clients from various industries - many being from finance, and Fortune 100 Management Teams.

"Often session time became geared to giving the client time to decompress from the effort leading up to getting to the appointment, or agonizing as to who would need them while they were out of the office. This became a hindrance to the therapeutic process. Therapy requires a commitment, and in some cases work or other identified barriers can be a strategic way for a client to distract, but when my clients yielded to Maslow in the name of survival in the city, this was out of necessity," she said.

Ms. Garber has hours from 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. Monday through Friday. Worksheet and writing exercises are utilized as an adjunct to therapy. Ms. Garber is eclectic in her approach with clients and while sometimes a portion of the session is dedicated to letting a client vent and explore the layers of their feelings, she often incorporates the Rational Emotive Behavior worksheets created by Dr. Albert Ellis, the founder of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy/REBT.  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, known as CBT, was later developed from REBT and is often requested by new clients.

"When the focus is strictly on the feelings, the specifics of the event and/or situation are lost as well as the meaning you gave it, and so no learning can take place as to how to navigate the situation in the best way possible for you long term. Dr. Ellis's REBT worksheets provide my motivated clients with a tangible means of identifying, challenging, and changing their beliefs," she said.

"I'm comprehensive in my clinical approach, structuring the client's work in therapy by first fully mapping out their presenting problem, its link to biographical data, when appropriate, and at what point they first made the decision to seek help. Once my client and I are confident that their events, feelings, and overall circumstances have been fully clarified, I guide the client to gaining an awareness of what they were saying to themselves during key aspects of their circumstances. This begins the process of discovering their beliefs which are the catalyst for emotions. My finance clients respond quickly to the concept of having leverage over their emotions even when they have zero leverage over their time, conditions and tasks," she said.

For information, call 646-745-6709, or go to

About Pamela Garber

Pamela Garber has been in private practice for over 15 years. She is the author of "Recovery Maintenance Workbook: A Tangible Guide for Discharge Planning," which she presented at the New York State Mental Health Counselor annual convention in 2008. She holds Mental Health Counselor licenses in both New York and Florida. An avid runner, Ms. Garber completed the New York Marathon in 2004, 2005 and 2009.

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