Dr. Jeffrey Goldman is a licensed clinical psychologist who treats adults and adolescents in psychotherapy with individuals, groups, and couples. Dr. Goldman places emphasis on the importance of collaborative therapeutic relationships and values a genuine connection that is both empathic and compassionate. Dr. Goldman works with individuals from various ethnic and racial backgrounds as well as with LGBTQIA+ clients. With these experiences and his research interests on multiculturalism and contemporary prejudice, Dr. Goldman has devoted himself to incorporating diversity awareness and cultural competence into his treatment approaches.
Dr. Goldman earned his Ph.D. from Hofstra University. He has extensive training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). He also incorporates dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) and psychodynamic principles into his approach. He is proficient at conducting anger management therapy and has provided treatment to address a variety of anxiety-driven issues. He also treats symptoms of depression, problematic guilt and shame, and declines in self-esteem. Dr. Goldman has specialized training in exposure and response prevention, which is an evidence-based strategy to treat Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Dr. Goldman has also worked in hospital settings and has treated severe mental disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and dementia.
Dr. Goldman also specializes in the treatment of addictions. He incorporates a harm reduction framework into the treatment process. This viewpoint supplements traditional models by meeting clients where they are and not just deeming abstinence as the only viable option. According to Dr. Goldman, ambivalence to change is common and addressing it is part of the therapeutic course. He draws upon the technique of motivational interviewing to foster engagement in treatment. It is guided by personal choice and autonomy and encourages the client to picture and explore a life that can potentially benefit from treatment. By identifying triggers and the function of addictive behaviors, Dr. Goldman utilizes CBT and DBT to equip patients with the techniques and resources to break the addictive cycle. That is, instead of engaging in addictive behaviors to cope with pain and/or to experience pleasure, clients will be afforded the opportunity to implement healthier alternatives by learning and mastering these skillsets. As clients continue to make progress, confidence and optimism will provide a means to work through shame and stigma and solidify longstanding gains.