What We Do

Every day you have a choice to be your highest and best self. Our goal as psychotherapists is to help you discover your true 'authentic' self and encourage you to rely upon your own inner wisdom, strength, and resilience to overcome the challenges you face. We incorporate an integrated and relational approach to psychotherapy that addresses the spiritual, mental, emotional and physical levels of healing so you can experience a deeper connection to others and yourself. We tailor sessions to meet client's unique needs and life experiences. We utilize treatment strategies from various modalities including EMDR.

Our expertise is in fostering self-awareness, effective problem solving, development of positive coping strategies, & learning techniques that improve communication skills and daily functioning. We concentrate on solutions for present issues with insight into how past events, upbringing & relationships may still be influencing current thoughts, feelings & behaviors.

Our style is active, nurturing and collaborative. Our approach encourages identifying/understanding barriers to goals, so you make better choices. Our vision is to support you in coping with everyday challenges, while celebrating your true authentic self. Together we will walk you through the painful places to get to the other side where you will thrive and live with passion.

Therapy

EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a psychotherapy approach developed by Dr. Francine Shapiro to help people heal from trauma or adversities such as issues of abuse, bullying, domestic violence, grief/loss, attachment wounds, abandonment, PTSD, and many other complicated life issues. EMDR therapy is now validated as an evidence-based approach and included in SAMHSA (the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) and the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices. In addition, EMDR therapy has been validated by over 20 randomized controlled clinical trials

EMDR therapy integrates elements of many traditional psychological orientations and is based on the adaptive information processing model (AIP). The AIP model hypothesizes that there is an inherent information processing system in the brain that gets blocked when traumatic or adverse events occur, causing these events to get locked in the brain with the original picture, sounds, thoughts, feelings and body sensations. Whenever a reminder of the traumatic or adverse event comes up, those pictures, thoughts, feelings, and sensations can continue to be triggered. According to Dr. Shapiro, many emotional problems and disorders are manifestations of these unprocessed trauma memories that are stored in the brain. EMDR therapy works on helping the brain reprocess these traumatic memories, and as a result alleviating the emotional and psychological disorders.

EMDR therapy has been used with children and adolescents with a wide variety of emotional and psychological problems including PTSD, anxiety, phobias, depression, attachment disorders etc. The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare has now accepted EMDR therapy as an evidence-based approach for children.

For more information on EMDR, visit EMDR International Association

Psychopharmacology

Dr. Schuman provides psychotherapy and psychopharmacology to adults, age 18 and older, for a wide range of psychiatric symptoms and disorders; excluding opioid and substance related disorders.

Intensive In Community Counseling (IIC)

IIC service is an incisive, goal oriented, and needs based clinical intervention that addresses emotional and behavioral challenges of youth with moderate to high needs. It may be provided in a youth's home or in an amenable community location by a licensed behavioral health clinician and is intended to stabilize and support the youth and family in an effort to deter more intensive interventions and to support the youth and family in collaboration with the Child Family Team or identified support system. This is a short-term, solution focused intervention that addresses presenting behaviors resulting in the youth and her/his family/care giver/guardian gaining insight and improving function at home and in the community. Youth and families are eligible to receive IIC services if they are receiving Care Management or MRSS services through NJ Children's System of Care.

If you believe your family can benefit from this service and you are not already connected to the mentioned resources, you can call Perform Care of New Jersey to speak to one of their representatives about scheduling an assessment.

Intuitive Eating/Nutritional Counseling

Focuses on Emotional Eating, Eating Disorders, and Mind-Body Nutrition which includes holistic nutrition, stress management, and mindfulness. Intuitive Eating is about helping people overcome disordered eating and food addictions by helping them heal body image issues and learn how to eat without guilt or shame. This approach is based on three key principles: helping people give up dieting for good by teaching them how to listen to and respect their bodies, discover how to heal underlying issues and cope with negative emotions without using food, and identify and change negative thought patterns in order to create a healthy relationship with food, mind, and body.

Hypnotherapy

Hypnotherapy is for individuals who are ready for change. It utilizes hypnosis, a natural state of mind in which individuals experience a heightened state of awareness. During hypnosis, the body and mind are in a relaxed state. This allows the subconscious mind to become receptive to positive suggestions and allows individuals to access healing resources within themselves. Through the process of hypnotherapy, the subconscious mind is re-educated to adopt new higher quality beliefs. Once the subconscious mind accepts these beliefs as true,
individuals see positive improvements in life and are able to resolve issues and reach goals quickly.