Edward Flatow

(MA, LPC)

About Me

I have been working with people experiencing PTSD, Depression/Anxiety. Drug Addiction, Bipolar Disorder, and Family issues for more than 16 years ... My general position is that our emotions serve a purpose, (like a check engine light on the dashboard of a car). After we check and repair the engine, the light goes out... If the issue remains unchecked and unrepaired, the light gets stronger and more insistent... I will work hand-in-hand with Psychiatrists, Psychologists, and MD's, if needed. However, I believe that the use of meds is only one step on the road to recovery.
Simply, I have 5 core beliefs.
1.) You are not broken. You may be uncomfortable, dissatisfied, in the midst of Grief, or Addiction, even suffering from PTSD and/or physical, sexual, or emotional abuse. But you are not broken!
2.) People regularly experience Denial, Anxiety, Fear, Guilt, Depression, Anger, and Happiness as well, and all are valid reactions to the way we "see" situations. We experience these emotions in no particular order, and they are universal to our species. They are on our mother boards. They are part of our design. In fact, they are survival tools. They can FEEL bad, but cannot BE bad. They can feel uncomfortable, even painful. But they are NOT the problem! Rather, they are problematic, and may be part of the solution!
3.) For some, the problems are the situations which lead to the uncomfortable feelings. For others, problems arise from the behaviors attached to these uncomfortable feeling.
4.) Medications do but a fraction of the work for us. They make us "feel" better. It's our responsibility to understand and address the circumstances that led to the need for those medications.
5.) Our mind and body are one. They are inseparable.

Finally, the type of therapy I practice is not meant to substitute for psychiatry or traditional medicine. Rather, it is meant to work in conjunction with both if called for, towards a healthy productive life..
I make liberal use of allegory and metaphor, and in some cases humor, because the human psyche seems much more open to that kind of non-threatening communication.
I will share stories from personal experiences, as well as some constructed simply for the purpose of illustrating a point. After all is said and done, I attempt to bring life to a traditional therapeutic setting.. It doesn't have to hurt. There has been enough pain already.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Grief
  • Anger management
  • Self esteem
  • Bipolar disorder
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Intimacy-related issues , Eating disorders , Sleeping disorders , Depression , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Codependency , Communication Problems , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 15

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #64287 (Expires: 2021-05-31)


Reviews

Written by H.A. on Feb 18, 2021 after counseling with Edward for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, anger management, bipolar disorder, and adhd

He is an amazing counselor. I feel like he genuinely cares for his clients and gives out great advice on how to deal with personal problems better.

Written by A.N. on Sep 07, 2020 after counseling with Edward for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and eating disorders

Really love his approach so far

Written by A.L. on Aug 13, 2020 after counseling with Edward for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and adhd

I have come out of every appointment feeling more peaceful than I did before. He offer a tools & challenges that are specific to my individual needs. I would 1000% recommend him.

Written by M.E. on Aug 06, 2020 after counseling with Edward for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes

He’s amazing and I’m so thankful for having him as my therapist.

Written by I.R. on Aug 04, 2020 after counseling with Edward for 2 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, and family conflicts

Edward (Chip) is a wonderful therapist. He gets me and manages to point out some things that I could work on without ever making me feel bad about myself. We laugh a lot in our sessions and each time I walk out of there, everything makes a little bit more sense. He is exactly the kind of therapist that I hoped to find and I am just grateful for the experience!

Written by T.O. on May 20, 2020 after counseling with Edward for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

After speaking for a month with Edward or Chip as he prefers to be called, I can honestly say I’m in a much more stable, healthy, positive and peaceful mindset. We covered my anxiety issues, tendency to be codependent, fear for loss of control, and so much more. He helped me view my life through a different lens than I had previously and greatly impacted my life in a positive way. I am so much happier now and he helped me get to this point. I couldn’t have asked for a more understanding person to be matched as my counsellor. He was so genuine and understanding. Thank you is not enough to express the gratitude I feel towards him. He is simply a very good human and I would recommend him time and time again.

Written by C.A. on May 01, 2020 after counseling with Edward for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and coping with life changes

Edward is fantastic to work with while working with him I know I have someone who has got my back.