I am Peter, a gestalt psychotherapist who seeks to co-create a safe space for folks with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and other unique ways of being in the world. My interest in people who fall outside onerous societal, familial, cultural, and systemic constructs comes from lived experience as a learning disabled man. I understand the shame of never being "good enough" or "perfect" for not being able to meet the demands of an inflexible neurotypical world. So, I decided to serve vulnerable people by attending a Master of Social Work program at New York University, with the hope that I would be healed.
While serving others was meaningful, I felt empty, lonely, sad, overwhelmed, frightened, and uncertain about who I was. Did I make my life meaningful through my actions? With that question in mind, I started receiving holistic psychotherapy and working at various non-profit agencies where I co-created healing relationships with intellectually disabled, autistic, and other unique people. Eventually, such experiences culminated in me attending the Gestalt Associates for Psychotherapy, a postgraduate training program for aspiring gestalt psychotherapists.
Gestalt psychotherapy, a psychotherapeutic form of healing based in the here and now, allowed me to address emergent feelings, sensations, and needs. Whomever I believed myself to be was gradually challenged and replaced by my new "self". This transformation repeatedly occurred by being embodied, authentic, intentional, and grounded in awareness.
As far as logistical details are concerned, I offer virtual sessions for CT, HI, NJ, and NYS based clients. I also offer in-person sessions for NJ residents out of my home in Montclair, NJ. Once a consultation call and screening questions are completed, I will provide you with my address.