Therapy, Testing Testimony
Welcome to the website for the clinical and forensic psychology practice of Dr. Glen Skoler, a licensed psychologist for the last 20+ years. Please see the “Contact Us” webpage for practice locations, and the new Philadelphia area office location in Bala Cynwyd, PA.
The clinical psychology practice, providing counseling, psychotherapy and psychological testing, is centered in Philadelphia and Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania, as well as the Cherry Hill Marlton areas of New Jersey. The practice offers individual counseling, therapy, testing and assessment for adults, teens and pre-teens, as well as couples counseling.
The forensic psychology practice provides court evaluations, testing and expert witness testimony in criminal, civil, juvenile court, military, immigration, employment and domestic relations cases. State and federal court cases are accepted from around the nation, particularly in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, as well as the tri-state area of Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia.
The domestic relations practice accepts cases involving custody/visitation, domestic violence, post-traumatic stress, parental alienation, contested abuse allegations, and child abduction/retention in interstate cases or international cases under the Hague Child Abduction Convention.
Dr. Skoler also practices psychotherapy and psychological assessment at the Tao Institute of Integrative Medicine in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania and Marlton, New Jersey. Please select the entry about integrative medicine and psychiatry in the “Mental Health Blog,” from the above navigation menu.
See the “Contact Us” webpage for office locations in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.
Media interviews, commentary articles or citations include The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, National Public Radio, The Philadelphia Inquirer, CBS 48 Hours, the A E Biography Channel, and NBC and Fox news affiliates.
The “Trauma Abuse” webpage describes diagnostic and treatment considerations for victims of abuse and post-traumatic stress disorders.
The “About Dr. Skoler” webpage provides a resume and summary of professional licenses, education, training, experience, publications and presentations. That webpage also explains the development of professional identities as a psychotherapist, psychologist and expert witness in court cases.
The “Court Custody Evaluations” webpage contains a summary of court and forensic evaluation services, as well as a full expert witness resume and retainer agreement that may be downloaded by attorneys and their clients.
The “Psychological Testing” webpage provides information about psychodiagnostic, psychoeducational and neuropsychological testing––for children, teenagers and adults.
This website also contains three blogs about issues and and controversies in clinical psychology and forensic psychology. One blog discusses general mental health issues. A second blog takes a critical look at trends in psychiatric medications and diagnoses based on presumed “biochemical imbalances.” A third blog, for attorneys and their clients, focuses on controversies over the uses and abuses of mental health evidence and testimony.
The blog on court and custody evaluations includes entries on custody evaluations, parental alienation, the uses and abuses of psychological testing and testimony, the APA’s DSM in court, the legitimacy of post-traumatic stress disorders, the trend towards trying juveniles as adults, and other topics relevant to court proceedings and expert witness testimony by mental health professionals.
The Mental Health Professions Today
Recent decades have seen a proliferation of mental health training programs, degrees and certifications, at varying levels of education and quality. And there has been a proliferation of trends and fads in treatment techniques, diagnoses and theoretical orientations.
The power of “managed care” insurance companies to limit and control the delivery of mental health services, and reduce reimbursement for such services, has also challenged the practice of psychology, as it has the practice of the medical professions.
Yet, as reported by U.S. News and World Report, meta-studies (studies of all the different studies) repeatedly demonstrate that psychological services, when properly provided by properly trained professionals, are effective, and usually result in real change that is valued by clients.
The provision of clinical and forensic psychological services should involve a high degree of training, education, ethics, confidentiality and professionalism—along with empathy, care and concern for the things that make us most human. I am grateful I have a profession which allows me to help people through stressful and important times in their lives, in my role as a therapist, and in my role as an expert witness.
Nobel Prize Speech:
There are no longer problems of the spirit.
Because of this, the young man or woman writing today has forgotten the problems of the human heart in conflict with itself which alone can make good writing, because only that is worth writing about. the old verities and truths of the heart, the universal truths lacking which any story is ephemeral and doomed––love and honor and pity and pride and compassion and sacrifice. Until he does so, he labors under a curse. He writes not of love but of lust, of defeats in which nobody loses anything of value, of victories without hope and, worst of all, without pity or compassion.