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Dr. Appelbaum is a foremost expert in the area of psychological evaluations of immigration cases, his practice specializing in this area since 2001. Over the years he has developed long term relationships with a large number of attorneys in the New York/NewJersey area. These relationships ultimately speak to a level of professionalism, attention to detail, responsiveness and most of all consistently effective psychological evaluations.

Adolescent years can be a tumultuous time for teens and their families.The challenges that teens face can indeed be stressful to navigate. When difficulties arise for the first time, or if longstanding concerns become more prominent, professional consultation should be considered. The goal is to determine whether therapy can help your child move forward in their development. 

When working with adolescents, Dr. Appelbaum gains a comprehensive understanding of the individual in their home, school and social environments. He helps the adolescent to both see their own unique areas of strength and become more aware of areas in need of change. 

The world of the adolescent can seem puzzling to many adults. Having worked extensively with adolescents, Dr. Appelbaum focuses on forging an alliance with the teen and appreciating their view of the world, while working toward enlarging their perspective and developing strategies for more flexible behaviors. 

Feedback from parents is essential in ensuring that the adolescent is making progress toward desired goals. Through regular individual meetings with the child and intermittent sessions with the parents, Dr. Appelbaum works to keep the lines of communication open within the family while respecting the adolescent's privacy. This creates an environment that allows the teen to speak openly in therapy.  

Some of the issues that typically lead adolescents and their families to enter therapy include:


  • Excessive conflict in the home

  • Depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem

  • Poor academic performance or concentration

  • Divorce

  • Issues related to adoption

  • Stress related to the college admission process

  • Feelings of social isolation/conflict with peers

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