Susan G. Herschman, Psy.D. a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist focuses on the evaluation, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a variety of mental health issues. Psychologists are concerned with the different aspects of behavior and mental processes. A clinical psychologist uses psychotherapy and other counseling skills to improve emotional and mental health. Dr. Herschman is a warm, approachable, and compassionate professional. She is objective, fair, and balanced in her approach at offering her expertise for change.
Dr. Herschman utilizes an eclectic therapeutic style with children, adolescents, adults and families because every situation is different and therefore warrants a tailored approach. Most psychologists have a practice philosophy that guides their work, which they have developed through their education, training and experience. Dr. Herschman's approach to psychotherapy with all populations includes a variety of attempts to look beyond the confines of single-school approaches in order to see what can be learned from other perspectives. It is characterized by openness to various ways of integrating diverse theories and techniques. More specifically, she will often combine object relations theory, family systems and existential points of view. It is critical in her work that one feels safe and secure in this environment, which will form the foundation for change. There is an emphasis on object relations theory, which focuses on interpersonal relations, primarily in the family and how they impact current, past and future relationships.
The types of problems most commonly seen in her practice include (but are not limited to) stress, anxiety, depression, adjustment problems, parenting issues, obsessive-compulsive disorder, various behavioral disorders (ADHD/ADD, oppositional defiant disorder etc…), attachment issues. personality disorders, and different types of relationship problems.
A New York and New Jersey Licensed Psychologist, Dr. Herschman received her undergraduate degree in psychology at the University of Michigan and her Masters and Doctor of Psychology degrees at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology in New York. She completed her Doctoral Internship at the A.P.A. accredited Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center. Dr. Herschman has been licensed in New York since 1990. She has been licensed and in private practice in New Jersey since 1994.
Dr. Herschman is a member of the Morris County Psychological Association, New Jersey Psychological Association, and American Psychological Association.
Dr. Herschman’s practice is located in Randolph, New Jersey (Morris County). She also works as a school psychologist at a local high school on their child study team. Dr. Herschman has specialized training and experience in forensic psychology, particularly in areas of termination of parental rights and custody dispute cases. She has a broad range of experience in working with children, adults, and families on a variety of psychological issues.
Dr. Herschman's practice consists of:
- Individual psychotherapy & consultation with adults of all ages
- Individual play therapy or psychotherapy and family consultation with children and adolescents.
Work with children and adolescents: Dr. Herschman works with children and adolescents of all ages; the goals and treatment plan will vary depending on the developmental age, as well as the current emotional state of the individual. With young children, Dr. Herschman often uses play therapy in conjunction with parenting for the parent(s). Dr. Herschman has extensive experience with a range of issues in children and adolescents including, attachment issues, behavioral difficulties, self-mutilation, substance use, oppositional behaviors, suicidal ideation, conduct disorder, and adjustment issues..
Work with adults: Initial sessions with adults in individual psychotherapy focus on the current issues and concerns which initiated seeking therapy. This process helps build rapport, as well as, a trusting environment where the person will feel safe and understood. When someone feels safe and understood it allows them an opportunity to explore new choices and possibilities for change which will potentially improve their current functioning and/or quality of life. Dr. Herschman has training and experience in working with a full range of adult psychological difficulties, including anxiety, depression and other mood disturbances, difficulties with intimacy and relationships (including divorce), identity issues, understanding responses to anger and stress, parenting relationships, major life transitions, and adjustment issues.