My name is Joe Markowicz and I have 30 years of direct clinical experience in working with individuals, couples and families. I trained at the Ackerman Institute for the Family and with the founders of Solution Focused Therapy. I also received training in Cognitive Behavioral therapy in my role of supervisor in an outpatient mental health clinic.
My guiding principle in working with clients is to tap into people’s own strengths and ability to change in a positive way. Clients come into therapy with a problem-saturated narrative about themselves. I listen in a thoughtful and respectful manner in order to listen to what is often not stated. Part of my role is to then help clients shine a light on times when they are in charge of their problems and not the other way around. We can then work on illuminating change that is directed by the client’s own story.
I am currently in full time private practice in Manhattan and southern Westchester. However, I have worked in many different settings, something that has helped me have a deep understanding of the difficulties people face throughout their life cycle. I worked as a family therapist in a psychiatric hospital and saw the deep pain of patients and families as they tried to cope with depression or other serious mental health issues. I also worked with geriatric patients, dialysis patients and other medical problems. Until recently I was a supervisor in an outpatient mental health facility. In this role I treated many different clients with myriad issues. I also trained junior therapists and presented workshops on family therapy and solution focused therapy.
I strive to create an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance of all clients. My style is to interact actively with clients and to work collaboratively to create new pathways for change. As I alluded to before, I actually try and create positive change from people’s own stories, something that works vey well for most clients.
One area of expertise is couples and relationship therapy. I have worked with hundreds of couples and have a very good record of success. I believe in marriage and help couples tap into their love of each other and to their initial attraction. I focus on what works rather than inviting them to tell me about their last argument. In this way we can quickly move to areas of agreement, engagement and mutual caring. Most couples actually enjoy the sessions and learn to be curious about each other and to be less defensive. Issues addressed usually involve family of origin, financial concerns, children, and intimacy. Sexual concerns of couples of all ages are an area of interest and expertise.
As a therapist, I am acutely aware of how difficult it can be to begin therapy. I feel privileged to be let into people’s lives and to hear stories that they would almost always never reveal to anyone else. I honor these stories, but also work to help people see the story they don’t reveal to themselves, which are often the stories that reveal character, strength, and an ability to change for the better.
Thank you for reading this and I look forward to meeting you.
Joseph Markowicz ReachesGreenburgh NYManhattan NY