On a consultative basis I can help clinically validate a client's experience with a suspected exploiter. This "witnessing" and "ratification" of the client's experience, the reality and meaning of which have probably been negated by the abuser, can be vital. When working a case involving sociopathy, or any form of malignant abuse, my principal concern is empowering my clients to wisely protect themselves. This applies whether I'm working on a consultative basis, or a more traditional psychotherapeutic basis. When working with perpetrators of exploitation, whose pattern will be to evade responsibility for their destructiveness, the goal, which may not be attainable, is to assess and, if possible, increase their capacity to own, genuinely regret, and cease their injurious behaviors. Where sociopathy is a prominent feature, the prospects for genuine, sustainable change are, unfortunately, grim.
Psychotherapy services--adults, couples, adolescents
Consulting services--telephone consultation; presentations on the narcissistic, sociopathic, and abusive personality
Hypnotherapy--clinical hypnosis for smoking cessation, performance edge, and improved self-image
University of Pennsylvania, 1982, BA
New York University, 1988, MSW
The Institute of Hypnotherapy, 2007, CH.T
Member SCEH (Society for Clinical & Experimental Hypnosis)
Member NASW (National Association of Social Work)
LCSW: New Jersey (active status since 1990), and California (inactive status since 2002 due to relocation East)
Among 10 Men of Union County formally recognized in 2006 by the State of New Jersey, in a Joint Legislative Resolution (in conjunction with the YWCA Eastern Union County) for their service and commitment to ending domestic abuse, domestic violence, and gender disempowerment.
I'm a provider with most major insurance companies including Horizon BC BS, Aetna, United HealthCare, United Behavioral Health, and Cigna. I also do EAP's on a regular basis. For psychotherapy services (in my office) my biller handles the insurance and payment. For longer distance consultation, payment by check is fine.
Scotch Plains, NJ; Springfield, NJ; Madison, NJ
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Steve Becker, LCSW
I married a con man
—a man who I now consider to be a sociopath. I didn't know anything about sociopaths when I said, "I do." Before you give away your love, your money or your life, read this website. —Donna Andersen, author of Lovefraud.com