Dan Perlman LMSW, MBA
As a therapist at Cobb Psychotherapy I’m invigorated by work with both individuals and couples seeking to improve their sense of well-being in their relationships and at work. In addition to specializing in helping clients during transitions, I also work with anxiety, loss, and depression which are often related to past trauma.
Courage to Explore
I believe it takes tremendous courage to tackle troubling issues and it’s important to understand you are not alone. In America one in five have been molested, one in four grew up with alcoholics, and one in three couples have engaged in physical violence. I often find that unfulfilled or unhappy relationships and work issues are a function of anxiety, depression, addiction, or chronic illness which arise when once useful coping mechanisms have either gone awry or are no longer needed.
How I Help
I help people understand lifelong patterns which now sabotage them and believe this perspective provides tremendous opportunity for meaningful change and growth. Therapy can seem scary but by building a collaborative partnership we identify behaviors holding you back. A warm therapeutic alliance is a central dynamic in sharing your dreams and fears confidentially, without judgment or negative repercussions. Through a combination of Interpersonal Psychodynamic Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy an opportunity for improved communication and intimacy emerges.
I further believe in the importance of understanding ourselves through the emerging knowledge surrounding brain neuroplasticity. The imprint our past experiences make on our brain can leave lingering feelings of helplessness, rage, and shame. Psychotherapy and neuroscience dovetail to provide perspective as to why change is often so elusive. Although resilient, we often find ourselves in a losing battle between our prefrontal cortex (rational brain) and our primitive brain (fight or flight instinct). Without an understanding of what is happening today and why, efforts to control our emotions result in experiences of frustration. The therapeutic alliance leads to tailored treatment resulting in greater resiliency, relief, hope, and transforming perceived weakness into new found strengths. Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping stone to the optimist.” I believe with a positive attitude in a warm, self-aware therapeutic relationship we can cause a chain reaction of positive thoughts, events, and outcomes. A shift is coming and with “hope” as your weapon, extraordinary things are possible.
More About Me
Prior to the mental health field I worked in finance as an analyst and portfolio manager. As a result I have an extensive background with business valuation, financial analysis, and the professional workplace. I continue to study postgraduate Psychoanalysis & Trauma treatment. I am an avid sport fan, have a family of my own, and believe a sense of humor is invaluable.