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Dr. Eric Hartman is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents who are dealing with various emotional and behavioral issues. He is trained to assess and treat children, adolescents, and young adults who suffer from stress reactions, mood disorders, anxiety, anger and aggression, oppositional and defiant behaviors, child maltreatment, family disruption and loss, ADHD, learning issues, and grief. Dr. Hartman has received specialized training utilizing trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy, which is effective in treating posttraumatic stress disorder, complicated bereavement, depression, anxiety, externalizing behaviors, sexualized behaviors, feelings of shame, and mistrust. He also has a specialized interest in working with bereaved children and family members who have lost loved ones through sudden or traumatic experiences.
The foundation of Dr. Hartman’s approach to treatment is the therapeutic relationship. Developing a solid, working relationship with children and adolescents is essential as they often feel misunderstood but display behaviors that appear oppositional. The clinical use of empathy, patience, and consistency help to move the relationship in a positive direction. Dr. Hartman is fairly eclectic in his approach to treatment and utilizes aspects of cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused, play, and client-centered therapy. He also uses additional methods and interventions depending upon the individual needs of his clients.
Dr. Hartman received his Psy.D. from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology of Argosy University Atlanta, with a focus in child/adolescent and family psychology. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Pleasantville Cottage School and Edenwald Center of the Jewish Child Care Association in Westchester County, New York. Following internship, Dr. Hartman completed a postdoctoral fellowship focusing on assessing and treating at-risk children and families with diverse needs. Dr. Hartman received his BA in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His clinical training has occurred in a variety of contexts, including group home, school system, residential treatment, and private practice settings.