BRAINsmART Therapy
for trauma and mental health

How We Work

The BRAINsmART way

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A welcoming and creative space designed to encourage each persons innate creativity and desire for self awareness.

We are a small 'group' of like-minded clinicians who bring our different personal and professional background together to create a safe therapeutic environment that is conducive to change. We all believe that for therapy to make deep and lasting changes,  the process must engage the body mind and spirit of each person we work with. 

We encourage our clients to express themselves through getting dirty with art, making music, or even putting together a creative dance movement, along with the traditional comfortable couch if that is preferred. 

 

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Therapists

 
 
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Founder

Nancy E. Lubow, PhD LPC MT-BC

I am first and foremost an artist,  thriving on art and piano lessons since the age of three, thanks to the visionary parenting of my poet -painter mother. As a teacher, I taught the skills of classical piano and the visual arts for twenty years in private school and conservatory settings. It was during a piano lesson with one of my most gifted students that I had the 'ah-ha' of a creative insight and changed the course of my career. I suddenly knew- without a doubt- that the true purpose of the arts was to heal and integrate the body, mind, and emotions of people at all stages of development.

 I am still a teacher and my passion to teach is expressed with both clients and other professionals in the field. I want to share how the creative arts and neuroscience work hand in hand as agents of therapeutic change. It is my mission to increase the awareness of how the cross modal utilization of the arts can scientifically re process and integrate the full range of traumatic experience. I had a unique and long term experience of creative immersion in the visual and musical skills, with a  life time of dance and  expressive movement arts.  This arts-based Brain-smart is the foundation on which I build my contribution to the field of  psychotherapy, education, and neuroscience. 

 

Education

University of Pennsylvania
Bachelors in Music and Art History, 1972

Immaculata  University
MA in Psychology and Music Therapy, 1998

Union Institute and University
PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies 2003

Specializes in

• Trauma and PTSD
• Eating Disorders
• Sexual Abuse
• Dissociative Disorders
• Mood Disorders
• Personality Disorders

Experience with

Addiction • Anxiety • Bipolar Disorder • Career Counseling • Child or Adolescent • Chronic Pain • Depression • Developmental Disorders • Divorce • Domestic Abuse • Domestic Violence • Drug Abuse • Dual Diagnosis • Emotional Disturbance • Family Conflict • Grief • Life Coaching • Relationship Issues • Self Esteem • Self-Harming • Sexual Addiction • Spirituality • Substance Abuse • Suicidal Ideation

 
 

 
 
 
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Partner

Walter Rhodes

Clinical Counseling Psychology; Certified PA Teacher Grades 7-12

I use a Solution-focused therapy in my individual, marriage, and family counseling work.  I like to integrate the principles of CBT, person-centered psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, and Mindfulness to give the client the problem solving strategies best suited for their temperament and learning style. I believe that the therapeutic alliance is a 'sacred trust’ that is earned between myself and the client and this relational safety is what produces real change from within each person. I work intuitively to build this rapport while offering practical skills to manage the stress, anxiety, and fear that comes with the COURAGE to make real change.

I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Chestnut Hill College. I am a PA certified Science teacher (grades 7-12), which gave me years of experience working with children and young adults struggling with developmental trauma, and the diagnoses associated with traumatic stress. These range from learning disabilities, attentional deficits, attachment disorders, ODD, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety and PTSD.

 
 
 

 
 
 
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Partner

Jerry Waxler

Masters level Counselor; Professional Memoir Coach; Published Author

I consider therapy to be a form of “coaching for the mind” during which you learn to sort out thoughts and feelings and develop a clearer understanding of the Story of Your Self.

During therapeutic conversations, you develop insights into how your mind works, how it got that way, and how to build bridges to more positive ways of thinking. Between sessions, you apply these insights, and continue to grow wiser about yourself. Getting in touch with your authentic story will integrate important brain circuits, improve self-regulation and awareness. Knowing your story enables you to communicate your authentic self more confidently to others, live more effectively, less burdened by the past and more hopeful and wiser about moving into the future.

In addition to the work we do to improve your self-understanding, I encourage self-development techniques such as breathing, positive visualization, internal dialog, journal writing, and narrative writing.