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Institute for Couples Therapy Education

Michelle M. Barrett, Ph.D.
Morristown, NJ 07960-6989

Phone: (973) 290-4027

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Dr. Michelle McCoy Barrett

Co-Director, Institute for Couples Therapy

Dr. Michelle McCoy BarrettDr. Barrett is an Associate Professor and Director of the Psy.D. in Counseling Psychology program at the College of Saint Elizabeth where she teaches undergraduate, master's and doctoral level courses. She is a Licensed Psychologist in New Jersey (#35SI00459400) and California (#17940).

Her areas of specialization are child and adolescent development, parenting, health psychology, and gender. Over the past 10 years, she has been a frequent presenter on the following topics: depression and anxiety in today's children, over-parenting, engaging parents in educational settings, stress and anxiety in the home and workplace, and issues affecting women's psychological well-being.

Dr. Barrett has conducted a private practice for many years and performs psychotherapy, as well as pre-surgical psychological assessments for bariatric patient candidates. She is a Board Member of Yoga Impact, an organization dedicated to bringing yoga to underserved populations, and has presented several trainings on meditation and relaxation techniques to combat stress and anxiety.

Dr. Alan Groveman

Co-Director, Institute for Couples Therapy

Dr. Alan GrovemanDr. Groveman has been a NJ licensed psychologist since 1982. He is cognitive/behavioral oriented and works with adults, individuals and couples. He has a special interest in working with couples and is a certified Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT) and supervisor.

EFT is a systematic and structured approach that recognizes the primacy of emotions in organizing key interactional patterns. Studies show that 70% of couples working with an EFT therapist move from relationship distress to recovery during the course of the treatment. Approximately 90% show significant improvement.

Dr. Groveman completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Institute for Rational-Emotive Therapy and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Rusk Institute for Rehabilitation - NYU Medical School.

In addition, he has served as a visiting clinical professor at UMDNJ - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, and as a visiting professor at the graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology - Rutgers University.

In 1997, he served as the President of the New Jersey Psychological Association.

Dr. Elisabeth Brown

Director of Clinical Training

Licensed in 1984, Dr. Brown is a psychologist in private practice. She is psychodynamically oriented and works with children, adolescents, and adults, individuals and couples. She also takes special interest in working with women; in helping them find their voices and empowering themselves. Dr. Brown believes that it is essential to help people understand why they do what they do, such that they can make choices and take charge of their lives, so as not to repeat old patterns.

Dr. Brown is a certified Emotionally Focused Therapist. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for couples and families is evidence-based and applicable to most clients, as it focuses on attachment need and attachment cycles that can undermine healthy relationships. In so doing, dysfunctional cycles are replaced with healthy, fulfilling ones.

In addition, Dr. Brown has experience with Eye Movement Desensitization Reprogramming (EMDR) and utilizes it in the treatment of trauma, anxiety and depression. She has a special affinity for working with women, adolescents, and couples.