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“As a sales manager on Wall Street for more than 20 years, I have had countless opportunities to observe how temperament, personality structure, family and cultural influences combine with external stressors to shape one’s experience of self and others. I’ve also seen how many of the traits and coping strategies, that enabled so many to enjoy tremendous success in the business world, present serious challenges in important relationships with spouses, children and other members of the community.”
After retiring from Wall Street, Dennis attended Columbia University where he earned his MSW in clinical social work. He interned in the Acute Psychiatric Care Unit at the West Haven VA Hospital and at Silver Hill Hospital, in the Transitional Living Program. After graduation, he worked as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the Dual Diagnosis Unit at St Vincent’s Behavioral Health Services, treating patients with mood, characterological, and psychotic disorders, as well as those suffering from various forms of addictions. During this time, he worked extensively with patients’ spouses and family members whose lives had been severely disrupted, who had little understanding of their loved one’s condition, and limited access to necessary guidance and support. His interest in family systems led to post-graduate studies at the Ackerman Family Institute and Emotion Focused Therapy training with Susan Johnson and George Fowler. Using a collaborative approach, his main focus is on helping clients gain deeper insight into the ways in which their early experiences with primary caregivers influence present-day relationships, as well as helping them identify maladaptive coping strategies and destructive thought and behavior patterns that stand in the way of emotional and physical well-being. Since 2009, Dennis has been working in private practice with individuals, couples and families in New Canaan and Weston.
“As a therapist, I believe that I enjoy the unique privilege of being invited into my clients’ internal world where together we explore their hopes and fears, strengths and vulnerabilities. I strive to provide a safe, supportive environment, where thoughts and feelings can be identified and understood, free from judgement and expectations.”