Meet Naomi:I have over 40 years of experience, have worked with many people, all ages, in variety of settings including family agencies, schools, hospitals, research. I hope I never lose the sense of awe that I feel as individuals and families come to me with their hopes, wishes and longings for change. I feel honored to be part of challenging clients as they puzzle out feelings of confusion, fear, sadness, shame and anger and move from victim, to survivor and, importantly, thriver.
My Approach:One way I approach problems is from an intergenerational perspective, not blaming, rather identifying the antecedents that lead a person to explore, identify and reframe problems; to identify individual and family strengths & habitual coping patterns that work or don’t work; to develop and practice new skills that enhance positive self esteem, build intimacy and contribute to healthy resilient relationships. I come from a Judeo-Christian background and have been told by clients of several different faiths that they sense and feel comfortable with a respectful spiritual quality I bring to my work. I can say that I am happy in my work and that I have the freedom at this stage of my life to do my small private practice. I welcome your call and am happy to answer questions by phone to assist you in your search for a therapist with whom you will feel safe and comfortable.
My Education: I attended The College of St Rose in Albany, NY, graduated with a BA from D’youville College in Buffalo, NY; went on to earn a Masters in Social Work at SUNY Buffalo which introduced me to potential areas of specialization - individual, family, group, community organization, research and administration. Through the years I seek and enjoy continuing education opportunities, including earning my Diplomate in Clinical Sexology, that enhance and enrich my skills.
My Experience: Over the years I have worked in all the above mentioned areas, gradually choosing to specialize in individual, couple and family psychotherapy. I became intrigued with how often people were struggling with trauma including traumatic issues of sexual abuse at various ages, sexual identity, performance anxiety, sexual identity, and in some cases simple lack of appropriate sex education, including the impact of negative cultural messages. My interest led me to earn a Diplomat in Clinical Sexology and to utilize EMDR (Eye Movement, Desensitization & Reprocessing) (Google the book GETTING PAST YOUR PAST by Francine Shapiro) to help clients resolve disturbing memories, incidents and issues. I am grateful for positive feedback from clients as they have been able to reframe and move forward to a healthier life.
More About Naomi: I have experienced divorce, have 3 grown children, 4 grandchildren. I grew up on a farm in NY State and was a child of WWII, with my father in the Navy and my mother in a “Rosie the Riveter” role. I have worked over 12 years counseling military families and have a special place in my heart and immense respect for families affected by military service and war. My special practice niche focuses on weekend sessions for busy families.
Naomi Korn ReachesSt. Petersburg FL