Peter Goldenthal, Ph.D., ABPP: Clinical and Family Psychologist

Therapy for Adults, Children, and Families; Coaching for Parents




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What People Say about Dr. Goldenthal's Presentations and Books:

"Dr. Goldenthal was a fabulous speaker during the Parent Talk Lecture Series (www.parenttalk.info) in May 2012. He spoke to an audience of over 100 parents of young children on the topic of Silbing Rivalry.
Dr, Goldenthal was very easy to work with leading up to the lecture and was a pleasure to work with at the lecture itself.
As a speaker, Dr. Goldenthal had a very calm manner, was easy to listen to, talked about what the audience was there to hear and welcomed many questions.
He was able to cover a lot of practical information for parents. We all wished we could have had more time to hear him talk.
Dr. Goldenthal was also very willing to stay after the lecture for book signing and to answer more personal questions.
He was a pleasure to meet, connect with and learn from." Sari Musmon, PARENT TALK


"Goldenthal has succeeded in turning the complex theoretical concepts of this approach into the clinical and practical. If I could recommend just one book on contextual therapy, this book would be it."
Gerald R. Weeks, Ph.D., Penn Council on Relationships, The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

"...a skillful writer who has given serious thought to some of the most recent developments of contextual therapy." Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, M.D.

"Peter Goldenthal gives us new insights. This is a must-read book." Myrna Shure, Ph.,D., author of Raising a Thinking Child

(Dr. Goldenthal's) techniques ... are presented with insight and clarity. This is a unique and valuable book." William B. Carey, M.D.; Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Universityof Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

Selected Works by Dr. Goldenthal

Nonfiction
A parenting book providing answers to questions about sibling conflicts
Professional Book
This book presents the theory, concepts, and techniques of Contextual Therapy, a unique and powerful thereapeutic approach especially suited to helping children and adolescents.

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THERAPY:

Since 1983, I have provided therapy for children of all ages, for adults, and for families. The list of problems I do not treat is much shorter than the list of problems I regularly do treat.

For children, these regularly treated problems include fears of all kinds, toileting issues, compliance with parental requests and instructions, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, and selective mutism. I regularly help teens and adults with anxiety, depressed mood, and relationship issues.

I often use couples and family visits to help with 3 kinds of problems: behavioral problems of preschool and elementary school age children, disagreements between parents about parenting, and couples issues.

I understand how children can be lonely, that every child is longing to be loved and validated. Many problems arise from children’s difficulties in communicating their feelings and needs, something that is frustrating for child and parent alike. I have developed many creative ways to help children express their deepest feelings and needs in productive ways.

One of these is through animal-assisted therapy. Sasha, the daschund mix whose photo you see here, is always in my office and provides comfort to patients of all ages. She gives very young children something to look forward to when they come to the office, and offers comfort and 2 acutely sensitive ears for teens and adults.

Having written 3 professional books about my approach to therapy and 2 books for the general public about sibling relationships, I am now writing about the unique bond that forms between dogs and their people and how it is therapeutic for both people and dogs.

SOMETIMES PARENTS NEED COACHES TOO

Individual and family therapy visits are not the best fit for everybody. I regularly receive calls from parents of all ages who are concerned about their children also of all ages) and also concerned about how they are managing or responding to those children, whether they are preschoolers, school age, adolescents, or young adults.

The reasons vary. Younger children may be engaging in challenging, but manageable behaviors for which a modification in parenting techniques is often sufficient. Adolescents and young adults may either be too anxious or too oppositional to agree to participate in therapy directly.

In these situations, coaching can be extraordinarily helpful. In my practice, this coaching includes discussions about underlying causes of the concerning behavior, developing clear and specific action steps, and ongoing monitoring of these steps to ensure that they are being as effective as possible.

You can learn much more about my approach to therapy from my blog posts. Just click on "Therapy Posts" at the top of this page. And if you would like to see and here me giving a talk about Contextual Therapy, click the link in the left hand column on this page that says "Click here to see an excerpt of my Contextual Therapy Lecture in the Netherlands."

 BIO: I was born in Boston, Massachusetts, grew up in Connecticut, went to college in Maine, and earned my MA in psychology from Cornell University and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Connecticut.

I interned at the Worcester Youth Guidance Center and followed this with postdoctoral fellowship training in the Department of Psychiatry of Harvard Medical School at Judge Baker Guidance Center and Boston Children’s Hospital.

I have lived in the Philadelphia suburbs since 1983, where I have a practice providing therapy for children, adults, couples, and families. Shortly after moving to he Philadelphia area, I began intensive training in Contextual Therapy with Dr. Ivan Boszormenyi-Nagy, who endorsed my his first book,Contextual Family Therapy.

I am also the author of Doing Contextual Therapy and Working with Children and Families and 2 books for the general public: Beyond Sibling Rivalry, a book for parents of children of all ages, and Why Can’t We Get Along: Healing Adult Sibling Relationships, a book for adults.

I have Board Certification in Clinical Psychology and Family Psychology from The American Board of Professional Psychology. I have held faculty positions at The University of Pennsylvania, Bryn Mawr College, and Thomas Jefferson Medical School, and have lectured and presented workshops in 4 countries.

I am widely recognized as an expert in sibling relationships and child development and have been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the Boston Globe, Redbook, Family Circle, Parents, and many other print and online publications. I have appeared on the TODAY show, CBS Sunday Morning, Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, and Voices in the Family with Dan Gottlieb.


LOCATION: My office is located one half block from the Narberth station of the R 5. You can reach me using the contact page of this website, by sending an email to pg at drpetergoldenthal dot com. or by calling 610-660-8400.