Dr. Mike completed his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from La Salle University. His areas of expertise include cognitive-behavioral therapy for mood and anxiety disorders, trauma, and behavioral medicine. He has lived in the Philadelphia area all his life and received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from St. Joseph’s University in 2001 and 2004, respectively.
Dr. Mike is a psychologist with The State of New Jersey at Ancora Psychiatric Hospital. There, he implements behavioral-based interventions to help individuals manage chronic mental health concerns. Dr. Mike is a therapist with over 10 years of experience in community and private practice settings. He has been fortunate to have experiences with The Center for Cognitive Therapy, The VA at Fort Dix, and Cooper University Hospital.
His has research interests in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders and the barriers that women and men may face in accessing treatment. He was fortunate to recently present his research at the annual Postpartum Support International conference in June 2015 and is looking to publish his research in the near future. In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Mike enjoys teaching at Rowan University.
We can all use a bit more self-compassion. Nowhere is that more true than during the perinatal period. It goes without saying, whether it is conception, pregnancy, pregnancy loss, child birth, or child-rearing, each situation can be quite stressful. It can put our expectations, values, and wishes in direct conflict with demands of the situation. It can tax our relationships and our physical and emotional health. It can make us judge ourselves too harshly and allow us to compare ourselves to others. Sometimes we can search for validation of the struggles we experience and end up validating our own unhelpful thinking. The challenge then is to find a way to navigate in a way that is natural and open. Here at The Postpartum Stress Center, we help individuals tap into their resiliency and resources to find ways to effectively navigate stress. The key has always been inside the individual. Just sometimes we just have to be a little honest and self-compassionate to find the way to the key.