Hi, I’m Jeff Schneider. As a man who has been in a committed relationship for 23 years and married for 21 years, as a husband, as a father of a teenage girl, as a spiritual practitioner, as a brother, friend and someone overseeing a private practice I surely understand the challenges of juggling these roles and of trying to manage it all while striving to have a healthy, caring, understanding and healthy relationship. I understand what it is like to feel overwhelmed and to try to figure out what to give my attention to, and when. I understand how difficult it sometimes is to be in a relationship. I personally experience the ups and downs of a long-term committed relationship, the closeness and distance in it, the ups and downs, the joys and sorrows, the bickering and differences of opinions, the passion, and, after this amount of time, lack of passion at times, the negotiation and compromise and the efforts to balance professional, individual and family needs. I also understand what it is like to have to look at my weaknesses and shortcomings and to take responsibility for them. Ouch! It is painful at times.
It has only been through engaging in my own counseling process, having a variety of mentors and supervisors, participating in a variety of very in-depth personal, professional and spiritual programs (too many to count), being part of a monthly men’s group for 20 years, following a spiritual path and meditating daily that I have been able to cultivate some semblance of balance and harmony.
It has been through my wife and I identifying our wants and needs, looking at some of our visions, communicating openly and directly (and yes, this has definitely taken some work), walking our spiritual path and understanding that men and women often really are from different planets, that we have a healthy, loving, supportive and respectful relationship.
Professionally, I graduated from Adelphi University in 1985 having earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 28 years experience. I worked in an outpatient drug treatment center as a clinician, supervisor and trainer for 22 years along with maintaining my private practice for much of that time.
During this time I worked with people from all walks of life and from very different socioeconomic categories. My insight, sensitivity and compassion enabled me to engage and connect with wide ranging people with significantly different needs and problems.
I have assisted people struggling with a wide range of issues, including substance abuse, emotional eating and other addictions, relationship problems, depression, fear and low self esteem. My integration of counseling, twelve-step philosophy, experiential exercises, Emotional Freedom Techniques™ and spirituality consistently results in my clients improving relationships, resolving inner conflicts, raising self-esteem and experiencing greater happiness. I also supervise and train other therapists.
I guarantee my clients the opportunity to outline their goals and to strategize about how to meet them quickly and efficiently, any combination of individual, group and family counseling and group counseling workshops, a variety of suggestions and perspectives, thought provoking questions, to be listened to with acceptance and compassion, different types of interventions in sessions, free newsletters and articles and different length of sessions/payment options.
I am very strongly committed to my own personal, professional and spiritual growth. I have participated in numerous post graduate trainings, a variety of in-depth and profound personal growth programs and have been practicing meditation for over 39 years.
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