Hello, I'm Joseph P. Coleman, PhD. I am a licensed psychologist in New Jersey and New York. I founded Liberty Psychological Services in 2020.
I want to help you
My dream of becoming a psychologist began in high school when I discovered that one can make a career of listening to and caring deeply for others. I held this dream close to me throughout my academic and clinical development. In 2011 I earned my undergraduate degree from SUNY College at Brockport. I then attended the University of Detroit Mercy where I earned my PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2017. My doctoral training was intensive; it included years of practice and research in therapy clinics, universities, and hospitals. My skills in anxiety management, emotion regulation, and therapy for chronic pain are a direct result of this training.
I approach therapy in a simple way: I want to know how anxiety fuels vicious cycles in your life. Anxiety is uncomfortable, and you try to avoid it. Avoidance, however, produces emotional upset and the cycle continues. We use our therapy relationship to identify and break these cycles. We focus on our interactions, instead of guessing at the intentions of others in your life. This promotes open, honest discussion of your feelings and experiences. We use wordplay, symbolism, dreams, and storytelling to help you see your life from new angles. This style is interactive; I take you and your progress seriously and am not afraid to challenge. This approach offers insights that lead to flexibility in coping and in relating to others.
Between sessions, I think about our next steps and how I can help you get the most out of treatment. You are my focus. As part of my fee I offer visual and written learning tools that I develop and tailor to you and your treatment. Care coordination services (speaking with your psychiatrist, physician, loved ones) are also included in my fee. These enhance our collaboration in therapy and the effectiveness of our work.
I offer presenting, speaking, and consulting services to groups who wish to learn more about my unique approach to treatment and my focus on anxiety and emotion management. I love providing a glimpse into the therapy and coaching world, while offering refreshing views on common psychological concerns such as anxiety, emotion regulation, relationships and communication, and chronic pain.
Liberty is now offering skills coaching for anxiety management. Daily, I witness how a lack of healthy anxiety management skills can stand in the way of personal and professional fulfillment.