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About Neal

A Holistic Therapist specializing in #healing #play #finding your voice #living a life you love


"Neal is an exceptionally good listener--empathetic and insightful.  As a result, he repeatedly asked questions that helped me better identify, articulate and focus my efforts on understanding and addressing the most important, rather than peripheral, family issues."  

~ G.S. (Client)


"Neal is a compassionate, insightful, accessible therapist who is generous and caring towards the children, young adults, and parents he works with. He is able to create a safe space for everyone in the family to open up and trust that they can share their deepest feelings."

~A. Susan Brenner, LMFT
AAMFT Approved Supervisor

"Neal is one of those grownup people who walk into a room and you can feel his giant open heart and he just connects immediately with the kids in a way that is both respectful to the adult part of the kid, and kind and fatherly to the stillchild part of the kid. He has no 'need' to help them so isn't pushy, yet has no fear to jump in and try either. He is funny and nonjudgmental. You can't FIND men like him." 

~ Jane Martin. Psychotherapist


Specialties include:

Therapy for Adults I started Love Life Counseling with my wife and colleague Judy Gotlieb LMFT with the vision to help people create lives they love. I specialize in breaking through blocks  so that clients move forward in life, addressing core issues -- at a speed you can handle.

Video on working with adults who need help below:


Therapy for Children, Tweens and Teens
Does your child need creative strategies to support him or her while undergoing changes socially, academically, and physically? Support can include body-centered methods to help a young person be more "comfortable in their own skin", Sandplay, and expressive arts that allows young people the opportunity to move through the energies of fear, grief and the pent-up anxiety and natural aggression which often accompanies difficulty, loss and change.

Background on work with young people and families:

Here's my reflection on work with two young clients
 profiled recently in a book on play therapy (names and identifying information changed)

See more on my work with fathers, sons and families.
For families with children or teens read "There Are Many Paths to Success"
an article about my practice with young people by Jeannette Ross

Video on working with young people below:



Couples Therapy - Looking for something powerful out of couple's therapy? I work with couples and parents on my own and also with my wife Judy Gotlieb LMFT as a co-therapist using the "embodied couples approach" that allows for the deep work that can lead to healing. You may prefer to work with me alone or with both of us and I will recommend what I think is the best mode of working given your situation. We are also online mentoring specialists for couples and work with those who live or work apart or are located in areas of the world where you cannot visit our offices in person regularly.

I'm a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Connecticut and New York. My practice focuses on the power of expressive therapies to help adults and youth heal and grow. I hold master's degrees from Fairfield University (Marriage & Family Therapy) and New York University (from what is now the Wagner School of Public Service) and formerly taught the Connecticut Parent Education Program required for divorcing parents with children under the age of 18 while working with Jewish Family Service.

When helping families having more than one family member needing support, I often work with my wife Judy Gotlieb and in consultation with other therapists already serving the family. I also make referrals as needed when additional help is required. 

I've written a chapter entiltled "Emergence: A Tale of Two Boys" for the 2015 book  "Deep Play: Exploring Depth in Psychotherapy with Children." I'm also the author of a book of poetry called "The Manual of Divorce" as well as the articles "Finding the Lost Boys" about my practice with young people and "Finding the Sweet Spot in Second Marriage."

I am especially committed that clients not be "stuck" with a diagnosis -- that powerful and positive change can always be made in one's life. 

As a recovery-oriented and  "12 Step-friendly" therapist, I believe that support from fellowships such as Al-Anon for families and friends of those who have experienced substance issues, Alcoholics Anonymous, Overeaters Anonymous and other programs are very powerful in conjunction with therapy. One of my specialities is helping adults and children deal with the effects of drinking issues in the family. I recommend that adults explore attending Al-Anon and children over the age of 12 attend Ala-teen meetings. Please note that I am not a Drug or Alcohol Counselor. 

As a heartfelt contribution to my community and in recognition of all I have been given, my wife and I have provided low-cost mentoring for young people who are writers and poets and attended the New York City program called Power Writers. To Be Heard Foundation raises funds to support this program as well as the allied powerpoetry.org, the world's first and largest mobile poetry community for youth.

Clinical Fellow - American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy
Clinical Member - United States Association for Body Psychotherapy
Certified Core Energetics Practitioner 
Certified in Embodied Couples Work (Exceptional Marriage Approach)
Member: The Association for the Healing Power of the Imagination 

For more information about my services and how we can help, contact me by calling: 203-644-3960


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