Peter Goldenthal, Ph.D., ABPP: Child, Adult, & Family Psychology

Selected Works by Dr. Goldenthal

A parenting book providing answers to questions about sibling conflicts
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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 and the Human-Dog Bond

Help for dogs who are afraid of thunderstorms

February 8, 2016

Tags: dogs, training, thunderstorms

One common question from dog owners is this: What Can I do About my dog's fear of thunder?

Fear of loud noises probably developed eons ago for a very good reason:extremely loud noises are often accompanied by dangerous events. There are two things to do when your dog cowers or shakes during a (more…)

What is Your Child So Worried About? (and what can you do about it)

January 13, 2016

Tags: Children, anxiety, worry

High School students are anxious about college. Middle School students are anxious about the approach of high school. Both groups are anxious about relationships. Everybody knows that. But what do first and second graders have to be anxious about?

Quite a lot, as it turns out. When you talk seriously with children between five (more…)

How to Listen and Whisper to Your Dog part 4

December 29, 2015

Tags: human dog bond, dog whisperer, listen, dog training

People who are about to purchase or adopt a puppy or adult dog are first of all looking for a dog who has a strong desire to connect with people in general and with one or two special people in particular. Some dogs like everybody (more…)

How to Whisper and Listen to Your Dog Part 3

December 28, 2015

Tags: human dog bond, dog whisperer, listen, dog training

The path to understanding your dog lies in large part in noticing the little things that most people miss.

The fictional and famous Victorian detective Sherlock Holmes loved to talk about his methods. And he loved to chastise his friend Watson for seeing but not (more…)

How to Whisper and Listen to Your Dog part 2

December 22, 2015

Tags: human dog bond, dog whisperer

To really understand your dog and to become your dog’s best friend , it’s very important not to make the assumption that dogs are all alike.

Making assumptions, especially assumptions about the causes of behavior leads to bad consequences. When I adopted Sasha (more…)

How to Whisper and Listen to Your Dog Part 1

December 21, 2015

Tags: Therapy, human-dog bond, dog whisperer

As I was leaving my monthly dog trainers’ meeting, I had the sudden realization that training dogs to behave better is far too limited a goal. Your dog can do better than that. You and your dog can do better than that. You may be (more…)

You, Your Dog, Your Attachment Style, and Your Healing

September 18, 2015

Tags: dogs, human-dog bond, attachment, therapy

Each of us has his or her way of forming attachments to other people. This “attachment pattern” develops during infancy and early childhood and persists throughout life. Although you can’t do very much to change your attachment pattern, sometimes called an “attachment style,” you (more…)

These Dogs Changed a Life

September 17, 2015

Tags: human-dog bond, attachment, therapy

Jake told me how his dogs Lucy and Alice, both Chihuahua mix rescue dogs, have changed his life. “I didn’t even realize that I had as much of an anxiety problem before I had dogs. Lucy softened me up so much and I didn’ (more…)

Finding Your Special Canine Companion

September 1, 2015

Tags: therapy, human-dog bond, attachment

Much of what happens between person and dog seems magical. Someone loses a dog, visits a shelter, and as if by chance, comes home with the perfect canine companion. Many people say, as if channeling the wand maker in Harry Potter, “the person doesn’t choose the dog, the dog chooses the person.”

This (more…)

FAQ– Therapeutic Dogs, Therapy Dogs, and Service Dogs

August 31, 2015

Tags: therapy, dogs, human-dog bond

My posts over the past weeks have focused on some of the many ways that the bond between person and dog can be mutually therapeutic. Today, I’m going to switch gears to address a semantic question: what is the difference between a dog being (more…)