Private Practice. New York, NY and White Plains, NY. 1983-Present.
Psychotherapy. Couple and Family Therapy. Trauma Counseling. Stress Management. Anger Management. Executive Coaching. Clinical Supervision of Licensed Mental Health Professionals.
Psychologist, Diabetes Care Center, St. Agnes Hospital. White Plains, NY. 1994-1998.
Health and Wellness Counseling. Stress Management. P/T.
Adjunct Supervisor, Yeshiva University Doctoral Program. New York, NY. 1983-1989.
Supervising Psychologist, Ft. Hamilton Outpatient Department, South Beach Psychiatric Center. Brooklyn, NY. 12/77-9/85.
Psychotherapy. Group Therapy. Couple and Family Therapy. Supervision.
Director, Ft. Hamilton Day Treatment Center, SBPC. Brooklyn, NY. 10/78-6/82.
Supervision. Treatment. Case Management. Innovative Program Development.
Consultant, Special Services for Children. New York, NY. 7/77-7/82. P/T.
Staff Psychologist, Child & Adolescent Clinic. Buffalo, NY. 3/75-5/77.
Intern, New York University-Bellevue Hospital. New York, NY. 9/72-9/73.
Certificate, New York Executive Coaching Academy, 2000.
Certificate, New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, 1989.
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Long Island University, 1975.
B.A. in Psychology, The City College of New York, 1969.
Staff Associate, St. Agnes Hospital, White Plains, NY. 1985-2003.
Professional Biography of New York Licensed Clinical Psychologist Robert M. Fraum, Ph.D.
I became interested in understanding people and psychological issues early in adolescence. I was impressed by the power of psychological knowledge to increase personal awareness, freedom and positive choice. I responded to the existential, humanistic orientation of Eric From, a psychologist and psychoanalyst whose point of view seemed profound, responsible and realistic.
The New York University-Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital Internship Program was a professionally rich experience. There were seminars and supervision in individual psychodynamic psychotherapy, in sex therapy and in cognitive/behavior therapy. The internship also included an intensive training program in couples and family therapy under the direction of Elizabeth Carter. Additionally, I was supervised in group therapy, in psychological testing, and in mental health consultation at Bellevue General Hospital. There was also exposure to milieu therapy and psychiatric medication on child, adolescent and adult inpatient rotations.
After completion of academic requirements and Medical Service Corps obligations, I started at the Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinic in Buffalo, NY. The staff was a friendly, relaxed group that specialized in providing mental health services to children and families. I was closely supervised in a variety of child and family treatment modalities. I also developed and led activity therapy, parent effectiveness and multifamily groups.
I learned that a child's problems could arise from a subtle absence of parental knowledge, awareness or emotional support. I found that it can be more useful to help a parent to identify and address the child's particular needs than to work directly with the child. I also discovered that to work well with children and teens in particular, it was necessary to be emotionally present and authentic. (This turned out to be generally true when working with people of all ages.)
Two years later, upon licensure in 1977, I returned to New York City and began performing psychological evaluations and consultations for Bureau of Child Welfare, on a partitive basis. I learned about the ruinous effects of abandonment, neglect, rejection and abuse in tragic psychological detail.
I also started as a full-time psychologist and psychotherapist at the Ft. Hamilton Clinic of South Beach Psychiatric Center in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. I soon had the opportunity to run our outpatient department's Day Treatment Center, a program for people at risk of psychiatric hospitalization. There, I also developed and implemented programming that expanded our clients' functionality and well being and enabled us to operate with fewer staff. I also supervised O.P.D. clinic staff, psychology interns and social work trainees. In time, I worked with every treatment modality in our outpatient department.
I learned some important lessons there working with teams. Our primary mandate was to prevent psychiatric hospitalizations. To meet this objective, we learned to communicate well and work together We needed to realistically understand the key personal, family, environmental and pharmacological issues that adversely impacted our clients and led to re-hospitalization.
I scaled back on various clinical activities to focus on individual and couples therapy and began working part time at a well supervised group practice in Manhattan. There, I gained a fuller appreciation for the need to continually move the therapeutic action forward. I also learned the importance of collaborative, creative and lively interaction.
The following year, I began at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. Eric Fromm had helped to found this institute, and his vision and spirit still lingered. It was an intensive, six-year program that included courses, case seminars, a personal analysis, and individual supervision by a variety of highly trained, senior professionals.
Post-doctoral training enhanced my psychological sensitivity to the depths of each person's individuality and inner reality. It facilitated appreciation of how unique and interconnected we are. It inculcated an intellectual openness to learning from diverse viewpoints.
I began private practice in1983, full time in 1987. Experience and training had prepared me to work with people with upsetting or traumatic symptoms, as well as with people struggling with identity, interpersonal, educational, intimacy, couples and family issues.
Additionally, while entering my fourth decade, I became interested in the area of health and wellness issues. In the mid 1990's, I joined a Diabetes Care Treatment Team and provided behavioral medicine counseling two half days per week. Services included health and wellness counseling and stress management. I coached clients and family members who had emotional difficulties accepting the reality of this serious, chronic disease. It was important to understand how a client subjectively experienced their illness and their treatment in order to empower the client to take control and manage both the illness and the treatment.
Experience there taught me that emotional factors play a critical role in chronic medical conditions and life-threatening illnesses. I also learned that successful recovery often depends on making specific changes in one's attitudes, habits, and lifestyle. These experiences strengthened my appreciation of the impact of stress and other psychological factors on the physical well being and functioning of all my clients.
In 1985, I also started seeing employees referred by corporate and independent employee assistance programs. Many clients were grappling with issues that reduced their satisfaction at work. I became sensitized to the impact of emotional and interpersonal issues on success in career and business pursuits. I began to adapt my clinical approach to the realities of my clients' professional situations.
During the early 1990's (and more recently), I began seeing people who needed psychotherapy after being "downsized." I found that psychologically based coaching contributed to a constructive understanding of what hat happened, to their emotional survival, as well as to the success of their job search or career change.
I gradually realized that intensive, dynamic psychotherapy could be more effective when cognitive/behavioral and strategic coaching tools were an available and an integrated part of the work. I developed a more flexible approach. I combined multiple approaches to personal change, specifically tailored to the client's particular needs and goals. I found that his approach works better for my clients.
In the mid-1990's, a colleague invited me to include psychologically based coaching services to complement his organizational development programs for Fortune 500 companies. I began coaching senior executives and others who needed help in changing their self concept, interpersonal behaviors or leadership style.
I've learned that personal balance and interpersonal skills are critical to long-term success but often are not discussed until a problem arises. I also discovered that executives will work hard on their coaching goals when they trust their coach and they are personally engaged and motivated.
On September 12, 2001, I was called to the emergency crisis center of an especially devastated brokerage to provide on-site crisis counseling for families and friends of dead and missing employees. I continue to work with people who have been affected by the September 11th attack and its aftermath, as well as others who are experiencing the after effects of trauma regardless of its source.
Since 2002, I have developed a major interest and specialization in anger management counseling services for individuals and couples. This grew out of my dawning realization that marriage and couples counseling worked much better when the disruptive issue of anger was effectively addressed before dealing with content, communication and relationship issues. Similarly, individuals needed to be taught self-regulation skills in order for insights from psychotherapy to result in practical and durable change.