Breath of Life About Elaine H. Handleman, MSW, LCSW
Elaine H. Handleman, MSW, LCSW Breath of Life
Elaine H. Handleman, MSW, LCSW
(N.J. State License No. 44SC00849000)

Elaine H. Handleman, MSW, LCSW

(N.J. State License No. 44SC00849000)
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I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 30 years’ experience working with individuals, couples, and families. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University and I hold a number of post-graduate certifications in marriage and family therapy as well as individual psychotherapy.

I am a specialist in the field of addictions, working with couples and families affected by addiction. I have been practicing psychotherapy in various settings including community mental health, family service agencies, and inpatient/outpatient addiction services. I have been in private practice since 1994 and I have also taught at the Rutgers University Graduate School of Social Work as an Adjunct Professor. I have been a Clinical Supervisor and a Clinical Director of practicing psychotherapists and practicing drug and alcohol counselors for past 20 years.

Dealing with addiction can be overwhelming. Addiction is a family disease. When one member of the family is affected, everyone in the family is affected as well. When your son or daughter, spouse or significant other suffers from addiction, you also suffer and need support and guidance from someone who specializes in working with parents of addicted children and spouses. Whether your child is an adolescent, young adult, or adult, as a parent, you are grieving the loss of your child. Drugs and/or alcohol have stolen your loved one away and therapy can help. I have specialized in working with spouses and parents of addicted children for the last 25 years and can guide you in this journey to restore your sanity in the midst of the chaos and insanity of addiction.

You may be suffering from depression, anxiety, low self-esteem or an unfulfilling relationship. Finding the right therapist can be overwhelming at times. One of the most crucial parts of therapy is feeling understood by someone in a safe and comfortable environment. As a seasoned clinician, I work with clients in a supportive, nonjudgmental way. Individuals often repeat patterns and behavior learned or seen growing up in their families. This can lead to low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and unfulfilling relationships as well. Unexpected losses or difficult transitions can lead to fear and immobilization. Psychotherapy can help clients through the grief process and help navigate through different transitions in healthy ways. Individual, couples, and family therapy can help identify ineffective couple and family patterns and eliminate longstanding resentments, loneliness, and low self-esteem. Psychotherapy can restore happiness, a sense of wellbeing, and balance in life or create or reestablish loving, caring and deeply intimate relationships.

You may be struggling in your relationship. Couples counseling can help. When couples are not getting along it can feel frustrating and lonely. Counseling can be an effective way of repairing a relationship and restoring trust and intimacy. It can help create emotional and sexual intimacy which did not exist before or was lost. It can help resolve issues such as, poor communication, constant fighting, and a lack of emotional and physical intimacy. Couples often repeat patterns and behaviors learned or seen growing up in their families. Identifying some of these patterns can help to eliminate anger and other ineffective ways of communicating. Couples can learn new skills that can help them resolve differences without fighting and can help reestablish a loving, caring and deeply intimate relationship or a stable couple/family system.


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