My name is Joel Aronowitz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a MSW degree in clinical social work in behavioral health from Rutgers University. I am also a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and I have worked extensively with individuals confronting a range of problems such as depression and anxiety, often accompanied by problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, and other compulsive patterns.
As a therapist, I consider myself to be guided by an over-arching Humanistic philosophy…that is to say that the work being done is client-centered, strengths-based and self-determined. The treatment models I use vary according to what makes sense, and what feels comfortable for a given person. In some cases a Psycho-dynamic or Interpersonal approach might be taken, in other cases we might use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, Mindfulness techniques, or Expressive Art Therapy techniques with drawing, journaling and/or music (music can be used in a variety of ways, and this is one of my specialties). Usually, the therapy is a combination of these and other approaches. I also facilitate therapy groups and support groups.
Finally, I have considerable experience working with people with Autism and their families, as well as with individuals and families impacted by a variety of congenital or acquired disabilities and conditions, including Cerebral Palsy, ALS, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, and so on.