Irit Felsen, Ph.D. Clinical Psychologist
Research and Presentations

Research

While focusing on my private practice, I have remained very active in research.  Being entrusted with the privilege of helping people on their journey to change their lives and heal, I feel a responsibility to continue to develop and expand my own knowledge and skills.  It is important to me to integrate current scientific knowledge and recent advances from research with my clinical experience and with a sensitivity to the uniqueness of each individual, couple and family, so that my clients can benefit from both.

I am a member of the Trauma Research Group of Yale University. I also have a research affiliation with The Swiss Centre for Neuroaffective Sciences at the University of Geneva, Switzerland where I developed a study during my year long stay during 2008/9. Some published research papers can be accesses through the links to be provided soon.

Presentations

I regularly present in professional conferences and training workshops for mental health professionals, as well as speak to students, teachers, schools and community organizations in the USA, Canada, Israel and Europe.

As a psychotherapist and a researcher I believe in the value of a continued dialogue with others and in the importance of exchange of ideas and perspectives. Presenting at professional conferences means sharing and examining concepts and observations with others, and working towards a collectively better professional understanding of the complex issues that come up in psychotherapy.

I also feel personally and professionally very strongly that it is important to educate the public about trauma and related issues. Such topics might include inoculation against prejudice and discrimination, as in improving understanding of the conditions that safeguard against bullying and discrimination, to reduce the risk of interpersonal and inter-group trauma. Another important perspective that grew from the work with previously traumatized people is how to promote resilience and adaptive coping skills in individuals and groups. It is equally necessary to explain and normalize the reactions to trauma and its possible long term effects, because trauma is actually not a rare occurrence.

A significant percent of individuals in the USA are exposed, at some time in their lifetime, to a traumatic experience. Misunderstood post-traumatic feelings, thoughts and behaviors can complicate the recovery of those traumatized individuals, and complicate and damage their relationships with significant others.

I will soon include a partial list of my presentations and training workshops.

As an Israeli and a daughter of Holocaust survivors, and as proven by research, I believe in the healing power of relationships to sustain people through hardship and crises, and help them regain their lives and their joy.

I believe deeply and genuinely in the capacity of individuals and of groups to cope with adversity and to heal and even grow after a life crisis or trauma.  After twenty five years as a psychotherapist I still enjoy tremendously being part of this fascinating and inspiring process.

 

Irit Felsen, Ph.D. - 420 Boulevard - Suite 203 - Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
Phone: 201-682-5603 - Email: irit.felsen@gmail.com
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