Stephen E. Horgan
How do I feel better if I can’t identify the problem?
I tend to put my interests last.
I think I’m a people-pleaser.
I struggle to understand other’s points of view and feel misunderstood and isolated myself.
I often feel unappreciated for my efforts, talents and traits.
I’m over-worked (and I blame myself for it).
I don’t know how to change.
I think I’ve solved one problem only for another to take its place!
I repeatedly hear these statements from clients coming to me for treatment. I hear that they want direction, assistance and to feel optimistic that things can get better. Things can get better. My work with my clients includes education, identifying strengths, skill building and effective communication techniques to help steady the pace of their lives.
I also work with those who care for someone with a severe life difficulty or mental illness. Caregivers often struggle with feelings of anger, avoidance, exhaustion, depression and/or anxiety. These challenges can trigger feelings of inadequacy and leave them struggling with negative and self-defeating beliefs. I provide a safe space to explore these feelings and beliefs using a non-judgmental and collaborative approach.
About My Experience:
I am a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the state of New Jersey. I received my BA in Policy Studies from Syracuse University and a Master of Social Work from Kean University. I also served as a Senior Primary Therapist in, and was instrumental in initiating, the Men’s Trauma Program at Princeton House Behavioral Health. I hold a certificate as a program educator for the Gottman Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work.
My therapeutic approach is in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy / Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy. I also incorporate the use of mindfulness and emotional regulation techniques informed by Dialectical Behavioral Therapy to help clients manage issues and develop essential skills for use throughout their lives.
Prior to my career as a clinical therapist, I worked in the business and non-profit sectors and, in particular, real estate development where I gained invaluable knowledge and experience working with people of varying interests on overcoming obstacles and advancing short and long-term goals.
I am native to New Jersey and am a married father and stepfather of three children. I enjoy hiking, kayaking, camping and spending time with my family.