Dr. Roberta Marowitz has been a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and psychotherapist for over 35 years. Click below to find out more about me or schedule a free phone consultation.
"The greatest assistance counseling provides to clients, is prevention. It is better to have a resource to process and reframe the small things in order to prevent them from becoming critical issues. Collaborating and problem solving are some of my strongest skill sets. No issue is too small."
- Dr. Roberta Marowitz, LMFT
Counseling and therapy can provide a supportive, objective, and non-judgmental place for you to discuss your concerns/issues and receive educated feedback, resources, and options for a more self directed life. You may have concerns related to relationships, love, dating, single life, and many other issues that counseling will assist with.
Not all therapists have the same training. Contrary to popular understanding, a large majority of counselors are simply not qualified to treat couples and families although “legally” they are allowed to. Many therapists in private practice today who offer Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy do not have much training, supervision, or experience to work with more than one person at a time in the consultation room.
It takes specialized training to navigate the complex terrain of relationship issues.
After all, when more than one person is present in a counseling session, they are all likely to have very conflicting and sometimes volatile opinions and ideas. If a therapist is not specifically prepared to intervene in problematic communication and systems’ patterns, she might inadvertently appear to “take sides” or alienate one or more of the clients.
Mediocre marriage and family therapy can do far more harm than good. This can result in mediocre outcomes at best, and at worst, could lead to what I consider the tragedy of an “unnecessary divorce.”
I have spent over 30 years studying and working with couples and family systems developing principles that work with couples and families. As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, I develop treatment plans which not only resolve and heal the communication breakdowns and hurts from the past, but empower the once-polarized members of a couple or family to come together in new and creative ways.
You can expect results. I have a strategic and skill building focus with clients. I have a solid understanding of the underpinnings of successful relationships. My practice skills are based on years of well-researched areas in the areas of successful marriages/relationships, parenting, human development and positive psychology.
I use a Solution Focused framework, in which clients work in collaboration with me to pursue increased understanding of their difficulties-often beneath the surface of conscious awareness, to resolve the issues that keep these difficulties alive. If you are struggling with a specific issue, we will work together to develop solutions appropriate to the problem and to your particular needs.
I also use a Cognitive Behavioral Model, which suggests that all individuals feel and act according to the specific thoughts and belief systems they have. We will explore these belief systems and determine if they are still working on your behalf. If not, I will assist you in developing new belief systems that are more in line with who you are and what you truly believe to get your desired results.
While each counselor may have their own unique approach to counseling, first sessions are generally similar across the board and usually consist of completing intake paperwork including a consent form, and completion of a questionnaire discussing your personal history, current symptoms, previous treatment, and how you would like counseling to be helpful. During the session these forms are usually discussed so the counselor can gather additional information and therapy goals can begin to be formulated.
When we meet, I am sure you will find me easy to talk to, supportive, and knowledgeable about the issues you are experiencing. My clients have told me that I have challenged them, inspired them, supported them, and assisted them in achieving what they want most in life and in altering their relationships with others.
I enjoy humor and I believe in its therapeutic value. I believe in self-responsibility and encourage my clients to be in charge of both their goals and their growth. My mission is to help you to identify what is hindering your happiness and your personal growth, and then find strategies that help you live the life you desire.
One of the first things we will do is define what your concerns and goals are. We will collaborate on a joint plan of treatment and strategies to move you toward this vision effectively and efficiently. As obstacles appear – and they will – I will help you use your newly developed skills to work through them.
I understand that we are all living very busy lives and sometimes we forget appointments. But, because your appointment time is reserved specifically for you, and I cannot fill that time with another client, you are financially responsible for your appointment time. Please provide 48 hours notice if you need to cancel or reschedule an appointment to avoid being billed for the full session. An emergency may be an exception. If I can fill your appointment time, from my wait list, you will also not be charged.
Absolutely! I am happy to conduct sessions in person, over the phone, or online by Skype or FaceTime video call.
Clients usually come for therapy weekly or every other week, depending upon the individual’s needs. Sessions last 45-50 minutes each. Longer sessions can be arranged ahead of time.
I operate on an affordable fee-for-service basis. Please contact me directly for information about my current rates. Based on your circumstances I may negotiate rates on a sliding scale on an individual basis.
Even with the current state of the economy, you have the opportunity to create a plan that makes it possible to invest in yourself. If you are interested in services and need a fee structure that fits your budget:
This is a very important area to look at. Most of my clients choose not to use their insurance benefits for several reasons. They include:
Counseling: Cash, Checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted for payment at the time services are rendered.
Insurance: If you choose to use insurance, I am in-network for Cigna and can file sessions directly. I am able to accept out-of-network benefits with many insurance companies. I will provide you with a receipt, for those sessions, that will allow you to file them personally. Please contact me directly if you have questions.