Therapist Feature: Dan Perlman, LMSW

We are excited to welcome Dan Perlman, LMSW to the team! Learn more about Dan below.

What initially inspired you to pursue a career as a therapist?

I was inspired to pursue a career as a therapist following a tragic accident that befell a lifelong friend after seeing his amazing emotional resiliency and recovery.

As a therapist, what are you most passionate about? 

As a therapist I’m most passionate about helping patients turn the tide from defeatist thinking toward inspired thinking and being their full authentic selves.

What are your specialties and what drew you to them?

My specialties are adult and adolescent trauma and crises. I was drawn to them as a result of seeing and feeling people grapple with seemingly insurmountable medical & emotional issues as couples and individuals, and emerging stronger and more balanced. 

What makes you unique as a therapist?

What makes me unique as a therapist is my genuine love of being with patients where they are. My desire and commitment to understanding patients and sitting with them in their place of pain separates me from many others.  I also have a business background so I understand the resistance toward taking time out and making ourselves vulnerable. 

How would you describe your therapeutic approach?

My therapeutic approach is psychodynamic with the use of CBT when it dovetails.

Everyone needs self-care. How do you practice self-care?

I practice self care by playing ball and actively studying companies from my first life as a Stock analyst. I’ve also got a few kids so that’s tremendous fun too. 

What is your favorite...

Quote: Well my grandfather was a philosopher of sorts so I’ll give you a few. 

“The unexamined life is not worth living” 
“Don’t let a season of mourning turn into a lifetime” 
“They know the price of everything and the value of nothing” 

Movie: Again I’ve got to give you a few.  As a kid it was Ordinary People, then I fell in love with My Cousin Vinny, and these days it’s Forrest Gump.   

What is one thing that is important for anyone to know? 

I think everyone should do therapy at some point. Taking the time to stop everything else and consciously focus on how we feel takes courage and is empowering.  Learning objectively about our feelings is not just a gift to ourselves, but I believe also leads toward better choices, more money and more stable relationships.  

Dan Perlman is a therapist at Cobb Psychotherapy. To schedule an appointment with him or learn more about how therapy can support you in reaching your goals, contact Cobb Psychotherapy.