Jim Mastrich, Ed.D., L.C.A.D.C.

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My job as a psychotherapist is essentially to help the folks who come to see me, get out of their own way. I recognize that my clients ultimately know what is best for them and what they want for themselves. I also recognize that with increased clarity and self-acceptance, the correctness of their personal decisions will be evident to them. My expertise is in how to get this done.

I am a Licensed Psychologist, a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Sport Psychology Consultant. I am also listed in the United States Olympic Committee Sport Psychology Registry.

Over the twenty-five years that I have been in private practice, my two areas of clinical specialization have spanned both the darker side and the enlightened potential of being human: the treatment of addiction (alcohol & drug abuse and other compulsive behaviors) on one end of the spectrum, and sport & optimal performance psychology (athletic, academic, artistic, and career effectiveness) on the other end. I also work with a general cliental to help them grow as individuals and increase their self-esteem and self-acceptance. I particularly enjoy working with couples and helping these two-person systems to increase their effectiveness in communication, satisfaction and mutual respect.

Addiction and substance abuse exacts a tremendous toll on the lives wasted and the heartbreak brought to those who love individuals afflicted with this problem. It is important to remember that while it is not easy to successfully address abuse and addiction, is not impossible. Among the people I find myself admiring most are those individuals who have fought this battle and have come out on the other side. They are not merely “dry” in that they are no longer using substances or engaging in dysfunctional behaviors, rather they are truly “sober”. By sober I am referring to the genuine display of insight, honesty and directness that characterizes a person who is not pulling any punches. Some people describe these individuals as being “real”. The sense of responsibility and forthrightness displayed by sober people makes encounters with them always a refreshing experience.

In my work with adolescents and young adults, I seek to utilize any area of their interest (sports, music, art) to help them develop a sense of mastery and self-efficacy. The athletes I work with frequently seek help for anxiety or other causes of under-performance. In my work with them, I am always mindful to use how they approach their sport to foster sound character development. It is my belief that victory without honor is no victory at all. I seek to encourage the development of the noble warrior — the scholar-athlete who maintains a sense of humility and is tireless in his or her pursuit of excellence.

I have written several books: Really Winning, in which I make a case for using sports as a medium for developing character and integrity in boys (although it applies to both genders); Strong Enough for Two, which is a guide to overcoming codependency and other enabling behavior; The ACOA’s Guide to Raising Healthy Children, a parenting handbook for adult children from alcoholic and other dysfunctional family systems; and Images of America: Lambertville and New Hope, is a pictorial history of an area of New Jersey that I love and which gave outlet to my interest in history.

The bottom line of what I do in my psychotherapy practice is to apply the common sense and pragmatic principles of sport psychology in a humanistic approach to helping adolescents and adults experience the satisfaction of achieving their life goals. My clients’ aspirations are frequently academic, career based, relationship oriented, athletic, or centered around personal growth and self-acceptance. I don’t mean to be corny, but I am honored when clients trust me enough that they are receptive to my honest feedback. Their growth as individuals is frequently the result.

Dr. Jim Mastrich Reaches

Princeton NJ