Walter B. Frankel, Ph.D.

Helping Children, Parents, Adults, and Couples Realize Positive Change 

Life is full of challenges at every age.  Most of them we manage on our own, but sometimes we struggle with painful feelings of confusion, frustration, anxiety, or sadness.  As a licensed psychologist, with over 25 years of experience , I can help you explore and address your concerns: from our initial phone contact, to understanding the context and causes of your problems, to offering new perspectives and interventions to assist in your search for a path that works.

Our work together usually begins with a phone conversation.  At that time we can have a brief discussion about the difficulties you are experiencing. I can also answer your questions about scheduling and fees. (See the Bio and Details page for more on this.)

The first meeting is devoted to understanding what brings you to therapy.  You may be asked to complete a questionnaire prior to your first appointment to help expedite the assessment process.  Understanding your unique background and current life circumstances helps guide our choice of interventions.

I aim to provide a safe and accepting setting that allows you to explore your concerns in-depth.  Together we'll look at: 

  • phase of life issues (developmental factors)
  • the web of relationships (family systems)
  •  the particulars of who you are as an individual (psychodynamic aspects)
  •  your thoughts, feelings, and actions (cognitive-behavioral elements and awareness of these)
  • the often unrecognized wisdom and resources you already possess (solution-focused approaches).  

I utilize the Gottman Method with couples, a scientifically researched and highly practical approach.  Named one of the ten most influential therapists of the last 25 years, it has been said of Dr. John Gottman that, "Many in the field now believe that most of what we know about marriage and divorce comes from his work."  (Psychotherapy Networker, March/April 2007.  See Couples Therapy for more info) 

My goal is to help you realize positive change in a time effective way. I hope you'll take a few minutes to explore the other pages on the website.  If you have any questions or want to arrange an appointment please give me a call.