Tammy Dorff, Psy.D.
NJ Licensed Psychologist #3950
Approach to Treatment:
I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust, respect, honesty and empathy is essential to the success of therapy. I do my best to make each client feel valued, cared about, and understood. I work collaboratively with my clients, creating a safe place to explore thoughts, feelings and beliefs about their experiences.
Theoretically, I am an integrationist. This means that I incorporate psychodynamic, behavioral, cognitive-behavioral, and family systems approaches into the work, as indicated, in order to tailor the therapy so that it can most fully address each client's specific needs.
I believe in seeing and treating the whole person, rather than simply viewing clients in terms of their diagnoses. As such, I value learning about each person's life experiences, hopes and dreams, talents, struggles, disappointments, fears, accomplishments, worries, etc. In addition, I ask about the interactions and connections people have with others in their life (family, friends, job, school, communities within which they live, religious/spiritual life, etc.) and how they feel about those connections or lack of them. I generally look at patterns of behavior across time, too. All of this helps me to better understand both clients' struggles and their strengths, and lets me pinpoint areas where they can benefit from skill-building. I help people to problem-solve, too, and strongly believe in empowering clients to make decisions that feel right to them. When a type of therapy called Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) seems appropriate, I offer that approach as part of the therapeutic intervention, as well, to clients who express an interest in it.
Sometimes the therapeutic work occurs entirely in the office. Depending on a client's specific concerns, I might also recommend strategies or tasks to do between sessions, which can enhance progress.
As therapy progresses, I enjoy pointing out and celebrating all of the accomplishments that develop as people work toward achieving their goals.
Once therapy ends, my door remains open should people feel the need to seek therapy again at a later point in time.
I have a diverse practice in which I work with adults, adolescents, children, couples and families who are struggling with a variety of issues. These include depression, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship problems, school and behavioral issues, parenting challenges, ADHD, low self-esteem, stress and resiliance, trauma, exploring struggles with spirituality, sexual orientation and gender identity concerns, adoption, coping with divorce and its aftermath, dealing with serious medical problems, and facing grief and loss.
I am a licensed psychologist who has worked in the field since the 1990's in various capacities. I have specialized training and experience in EMDR (Parts I and II), in play therapy and parenting issues, in crisis intervention, in feminist therapy, and in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer issues. I am Jewishly knowledgeable and speak a fair amount of Hebrew and Spanish.
Professional Employment and Supervision Positions
Co-Owner of Strides in Psychotherapy, P.C., 15 Clyde Road, Suite 102, Somerset, NJ
Visiting Clinical Supervisor Appointment Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
Science Research Mentor/Supervisor Livingston, NJ. Mentored/Supervised a Livingston High School student on psychological research he was conducting for his Science Research Program. The experiment looked at the relationship between birth order and self-esteem
Clinical Supervisor Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Rutgers University Piscataway, NJ
Part-Time Lecturer Co-taught course entitled "Clinical Issues in Working with LGBT Clients" at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
Group Supervisor for the LGBT Somerset Project Practicum Placement Highland Park, NJ: Ran a supervision group for graduate students in clinical and school psychology at GSAPP, Rutgers, University, who were therapy with LGBTQ students at Franklin Middle School in Somerset, NJ. Also coordinated this experience with Rutgers and with Franklin Middle School.
Individual Private Practice 15 Clyde Road, Suite 102, Somerset, NJ 08873
Supervising Mental Health Clinician and NJ Certified Screener Acute Psychiatric Service (APS), University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—University Behavioral Healthcare 671 Hoes Lane, Piscataway, NJ 08855
Licensed as a psychologist in New Jersey
Licensed as a psychologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology Graduate School of Applied & Professional Psychology Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
Psy.M. in Clinical Psychology Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ
A.P.A. Psychology Intern and Harvard Fellow, The Cambridge Hospital, Cambridge, MA
B.A. in Psychology, with honors, Columbia College, Columbia University, New York, NY
Harvard Fellow, The Cambridge Hospital, 1994-95.
Letters of Commendation for Academic Progress at the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology, Rutgers University, 1990-91, 1991-92, 1992-93.
Summa cum Laude, Columbia College, Columbia University in 1989
Junior Phi Beta Kappa, Columbia College, Columbia University in 1988
Dean's List each semester, Columbia College, Columbia University, 1985 – 1989
Leadership Roles and Memberships in Professional Psychological Organizations:
Member at Large for the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) Executive Board. Also serving on the Personnel Committee, Finance Committee, Social Advocacy Task Force, Strategic Planning Committee and Affiliate Caucus at NJPA
President Elect, President and Immediate Past President for the Middlesex County Psychological Association (MCAP)
MCAP Affiliate Co-Representative for New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA) Executive Board Meetings and at NJPA
Affiliate Caucus Meetings
Board Member and Co-Chairof the Program Committee of the Middlesex County Psychological Association (MCAP)
Board Member and Member-At-Large for the Middlesex County Psychological Association
Board Member and Co-Chairof the Program Committee of the Middlesex County Psychological Association
Member,Middlesex County Psychological Association
Member,Division 35 of APA (Psychology of Women)
Member, New Jersey Psychological Association
Member,NJPA Committee on Lesbian, Bisexual and Gay Concerns
Member,American Psychological Association
Founding Co-Chair of the Student Division of New Jersey Psychological Association's Task force on Lesbian, Bisexual and Gay Concerns Student Member,New Jersey Psychological Association
Student Member,American Psychological Association
Student Member,Association for Women in Psychology
Speaker on LGBT Faith Panel at a the 2nd Annual Statewide Safe Space Liason & LGBTQI Youth Committee Networking Conference, sponsored by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCP&P), Department of Children and Families (DCF), New Brunswick, NJ
Speaker at Rutgers University's annual diversity conference, Piscataway, NJ: Co-presented with Dr. Linda Tamm on a presentation entitled "Lifecycle Milestones in LGBT Lives: Coming Out, Relationship and Family Issues".
Speaker at Rutgers' Annual Diversity Conference. "Contemporary Issues in Working with LGBT Clients: Youth in the Schools and Adults in the Community." Co-Presented with Dr. Linda Tamm.
Guest lecturerfor Nancy Boyd-Franklin's diversity class, GSAPP, Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ. Presented on GLBT clinical issues in working with GLBT adult and adolescent clients and their families.
Speaker, "Assessing and Treating Depression in Children and Adolescents", part of a panel presentation on addressing mental health issues in students in grades K-12. Graduate School of Education Lecture Hall, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.
Speaker, "Managing Crises in a Private Practice Setting", speaker-luncheon offered by the Middlesex County Association of Psychologists at the Rutgers Club, New Brunswick, NJ
Speaker, "Crisis Intervention Issues for College Counseling Centers, Fall 2000 Including When and How to Make Referrals to the Acute Psychiatric Service of UMDNJ", Douglass College Counseling Center, New Brunswick, NJ.
Co-Presenter on a Panel Presentation entitled "Considering Becoming a Parent", 5th Annual Biennial Family Conference of Lambda Families of New Jersey, Montclair State University Student Center, Montclair, NJ
EMDR Basic Training, Part 2, Certificate—April 2013
EMDR Basic Training, Part 1, Certificate—April 2012
Certified NJ Mental Health Screener, May 1997-May 2007.
Certified in CPI through screener training (1997) and through updated training (summer of 2005).
Certified in Adult C.P.R., spring 1995.
Human Sexuality Training Week at UMDNJ-CMHC at Piscataway, January 1992.
Certified in Professional Assault Response Training (P.A.R.T.), fall 1989.
"Stressors and Coping Resources of Graduate Students in Clinical Psychology" Dissertation Committee: Cary Cherniss, Ph.D, Lewis Gantwerk, Psy.D. Defended in June, 1997.