Dr. Jennifer Guttman

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGIST
MOTIVATOR

Specializing in cognitive-behavior therapy featuring the Sustainable Life Satisfaction℠ brand

Learn about my H.E.A.R Series

MISSION STATEMENT: 

Specializing in cognitive-behavior therapy featuring the Sustainable Life Satisfaction brand  

My mission is to use my experience, expertise, voice, and pen to help motivate and empower people realize there is “a path to achieve sustainable life satisfaction and inherent loveability.” I have been researching and specializing in cognitive-behavior therapy and positive psychology for 25 years.  I formulated the Sustainable Life Satisfaction brand based on my therapeutic success interfacing with my clients.  SLS® is reinforced by six techniques; starting is easy, closing is hard, decision-making, facing fears, reduce people-pleasing behaviors, avoiding assumptions and active reinforcement. When coalesced these techniques assist individuals in believing in their personal effectiveness in the world, as well as giving them a sense of personal control of outcomes to the best of their ability. Therapy isn’t for everybody. However, if you’re motivated, you are the only tool necessary because you are the change agent.

 

“Jennifer uses cognitive-behavior therapy with a combination of empathy, sensitivity, creativity and natural ability to provide what is needed for excellent clinical care. A talented professional, she is comfortable using integrated and effective therapeutic strategies for all ages of clients.”
– Dr. Eva Feindler

Dr. Eva Feindler is considered an expert in the fields of cognitive-behavior therapy with children and adolescents, adolescent anger control and family violence, and is the Director of the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Long Island University/LIU Post Campus

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The brain is wider than the sky.

-Emily Dickinson

Meet the Doctor

N ot everybody experiences a watershed or anointed moment in their life when they discover and decide what they want to be, but for Dr. Jennifer Guttman it happened when she was a shy, timid, alienated 13-year-old wallflower during sleep-away camp. While conversing with an inquisitive camp nurse, she was asked, “What do you like doing?” Jennifer replied, “I like listening to people.” The nurse informed her there was a profession for doing just that, and from that day on, the attentive and avid listener made psychology her mission and passion.

Today, that awkward and unassuming teenager has morphed into Dr. Jennifer Guttman, a leading Cognitive Behavioral therapist, clinical psychologist, and motivator, with over 25 years of experience in the field of mental health. She has built thriving practices in New York City and Westport, Connecticut. Since the COVID pandemic 100% of her services to roughly 120 clients are being exclusively offered virtually. Currently, roughly 40% of her clientele suffer from some serious form of mental illness: bipolar disorder, schizoaffective disorder, and major depressive disorder. The other 60% come to see her for transient or developmental life issues and most recently she has been treating clients suffering from trauma using EMDR. (She works with children as young as seven years old through individuals in their eighties.) Primarily her clients are 17-55 years old. Her clientele is also a homogeneous cultural and religious mix of people from all walks of life and sexual identities.

About five years ago, while her business was experiencing thriving success, and she had reached an equitable co-parenting arrangement, she was beset by two unforeseen life-altering events. Following a trip abroad she was suddenly diagnosed with multiple pulmonary embolisms that almost killed her. During her recovery, her father died six months later. Devastated by both occurrences, the truth to the proverbial cliché, “life is short” resonated with her. In that moment of awakening, she became defiantly resilient.

Subsequently, she began contemplating a path to realize a dormant dream to motivate and help people become more self-reliant. She fused traditional Cognitive Behavior therapy techniques with some of her own core techniques which were developed and refined over years of personal interaction with her clients. In the fall of 2017, she started specializing in cognitive-behavior therapy featuring the Sustainable Life Satisfaction brand, (also known as SLS®) which she created.

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The Sustainable Life Satisfaction brand is comprised of six (6) strategies and techniques; starting is easy, closing is hard; decision-making; facing fears; reducing people pleasing behaviors; avoiding assumptions; and active self-reinforcement. Her techniques are designed to assist individuals in believing in their personal effectiveness in the world.  When coalesced, they can empower people to feel a stronger sense personal control and influence on their ability to achieve positive outcomes to the best of their ability.

SLS® was launched to the public via a six-episode web series, “A Path to Sustainable Life Satisfaction,” which premiered on YouTube in September of 2017. Last year the same series was remastered and broadcast a second time on YouTube. The cumulative views for both have exceeded three-quarters of a million views. In between, she authored, “A Path to Sustainable Life Satisfaction Workbook.” It’s independently distributed by Amazon/Kindle. She recently signed to Audible.com and Post Hills Press (print version) to author her first non-fiction book, “The Six Secrets to Lifetime Satisfaction.”

The release date for the book is to be determined.

Most recently, the third video series premiered on YouTube. Titled H.E.A.R. the series is comprised of four episodes that discuss, (H) Hope, (E) Empowerment, (A) Adaptation, and (R) Resilience. Over the past year Dr. Guttman has been a monthly contributor at PsychologyToday.com and a VIP Contributor to ThriveGlobal.com (VIP Contributor). She has been a contributor to MindBodygreen.com, and served as featured expert in articles published in the Washington Post, NBC News, Health Magazine, Teen Vogue, Well + Good, First, Redbook, Readers Digest, Insider, The Hill, Family Education, Your Teen, EverUp, and TheList. She has also made guest appearances on many popular podcasts and radio shows including:  The Hidden Why, This Is Why You’re Single, Unshakeable Self Confidence,  Food for Fitness, Grit and Grace, Harvesting Happiness, Intuitive Practice, Laurie’s Lemonade Stand, A Positivity Podcast for Women, Anxiety Slayer, Beyond Our Past, QED Personal Resilience (based in the UK), Quora, Good Health & Happiness in Today’s World.

Her range of expertise covers a gamut of topical issues: overall mental health, self-empowerment, self-confidence, the workplace, relationships, divorce, death, anxiety, addiction, teen suicide, and navigating potentially tricky holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day.

While Dr. Guttman has been prolific and is continually advancing her knowledge and areas of expertise to help motivate and support her clientele, her own path to success hasn’t been what one would refer to as smooth sailing. In fact, it has been quite the opposite, mired by a myriad of roadblocks, rejection and sometimes an ominous sense of adversity. She grew up in Scarsdale, NY, the older of two siblings, and her parents, (her father was an attorney and general counsel of Time Inc., and her mother has a doctorate in medieval literature) divorced when she was five years old. She lived with her mother in Scarsdale and visited her father in Manhattan on weekends.

Upon graduation she applied and was accepted at Drew University. Drew is well known for its psychology department and it was the only school to which she applied. Her goal was to earn her Bachelors ‘degree and move straight on to a doctoral program in Clinical Psychology. After graduating from Drew University, she applied to numerous Clinical Psychology doctoral degree programs, but was rejected by all of them. Refusing to fuel her disappointment, she secured a job working for Planned Parenthood and took doctoral level classes at St. John’s University.

During the spring term of that year, she reapplied to Clinical Psychology Doctoral Programs and was accepted to the Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program at Long Island University. It was the only acceptance letter she received. While there, she met the noted professor Dr. Eva Feindler, whom she not only credits as her mentor, but also for steering her in the direction of Cognitive Behavior Therapy.

Dr. Feindler was also the first person to really push her beyond her limits, which proved to be valuable to her future personal and professional growth. Dr. Feindler is a renowned expert in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and specializes in Anger Management in Adolescents. Jennifer also admired Dr. Aaron T. Beck’s work on Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Albert Bandura’s work on self-efficacy and loved Heinz Kohut, who is considered a theoretician of self-psychology (which involves a person’s self-concept or beliefs about themselves).

Fresh out of graduate school, Jennifer accepted an offer to work for the Mental Health Association of Westchester County and was assigned to work off-site as a clinician at WestHELP-Greenburgh, a family homeless shelter. The shelter was personally endorsed and supported by Andrew Cuomo and was housed on the campus of Westchester Community College. WestHELP was a haven for minority and disenfranchised mothers with children under the age of five. It was a challenging and exciting task, but Jennifer was undeterred. She helped to empower the women and broke the traditional protocol that mandated all appointments needed to be requested in advance. Instead, she offered every woman carte blanche access to meet and talk to her about anything and everything.

While she was working at WestHELP she tried to spread her wings and launch her own start-up practice as a Clinical Psychologist in Tarrytown, NY. She relied mostly on referrals from insurance companies for clients. She was attempting to refine her treatment approach with a different client demographic then the demographic she was seeing at the shelter. Although she was fulfilling her goals, within the year it became clear her business model was not sustainable, so it was shuddered.  In 1995, she married and four years later had her first child, a son. In 2001, she gave birth to her second child, a daughter. That year, she resigned from the Mental Health Association of Westchester County to parent full-time.

However, during her eight-year tenure she had secured a staff, serviced close to 1000 women, and was promoted to several positions including Assistant Executive Director of the Mental Health Association. In that role, she was responsible for all clinical care throughout the agency and supervising over 200 mental health staff including social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists.  After taking a professional hiatus for a year, she opened a private practice in Westport, CT (2002). Within the first six months she was introduced to numerous psychiatrists, psychologists, and social workers within the Fairfield community that she grew to admire and respect.

After 15 years in Fairfield County, Jennifer expanded her practice to include a location in Midtown Manhattan. Before the pandemic, she fully embraced and immersed herself into city life in Manhattan, and networking with other professionals.

Dr. Guttman balances an energizing work-life with parenting two young adults. In the little spare time her daily regimen allows, she has been an avid theatergoer and world traveler. She hopes to renew both when the prevailing circumstances will allow for it.

Specializing in cognitive-behavior therapy featuring the Sustainable Life Satisfaction℠ brand. 

Psychology Today

“I  embrace and cherish human flaw as an opportunity for growth, redemption, and education. It’s  a path forward, a path toward hope. That’s what allows me to motivate people.  And no one is exempt from that possibility.”

-Dr. Jennifer Guttman


“Many therapists assume the role of teacher, guru, ‘objective listener’. Dr Guttman is similar in this respect, yet simultaneously different.  She shares herself. She is open, giving, real.  She guides with words and deeds.  Most importantly, she has helped me emerge into the person I was meant to be.”


“I resisted many of Jennifer’s attempts to help me since middle school–but she never gave up on me. I remember the very conversation when I finally accepted her help. With her guidance, I rediscovered myself: the jubilant childhood me I thought we all give up to become adults. Today, I am the happiest, most content version of myself and I owe it all to Jennifer.”


“Jennifer has been instrumental in helping both myself and my family handle my anxiety.  She is incredibly responsive and always accommodates my needs.  I cannot imagine where I would be right now without her help, and could not recommend her more highly!”

TREATMENT STYLES

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Diagnoses

SLS® Brand Techniques

Guided Meditation

Treatment // Sustainable Life Satisfaction

These six core techniques assist individuals in believing in their personal effectiveness in the world, as well as giving them a sense of personal control of outcomes to the best of their ability.

Specializing in cognitive-behavior therapy featuring the Sustainable Life Satisfaction brand

 

1. CLOSING: Learning the importance of closing tasks-not just starting. It’s imperative not just to start, but to also finish and close.

2. DECISION-MAKING: Feeling confident in decision-making, without fearing mistakes or ramifications improves self-confidence and in turn improves chances for “closing.”

3. FACING FEARS: Do not be afraid to be afraid. Use your fear as positive motivation to propel and compel you to move forward.

4. AVOIDING ASSUMPTIONS: Avoid making assumptions about what other people think or feel about you. Your actions should be based on fact and not assumptions. Making decisions about how to proceed in a given situation based on guessing instead of facts is a dangerous exercise.

5. REDUCE PEOPLE PLEASING BEHAVIOR: Avoid situations of co-dependency and enmeshment. Learn to live an authentic life without living in “service” of others. Watch people pleasing behaviors which secure feelings of indispensability while averting fears of abandonment.

6. ACTIVE SELF-REINFORCEMENT: Providing tangible self-reinforcement for “closing” or a job well done. Make a cognitive shift from aspiring and needing reinforcement and praise from others to be willing to accept self-praise.

SLS®

Treatment // Cognitive Behavior Therapy

CBT Treatment is available for
Children, Adolescents,  Adults and Couples.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a strategy based, practical approach to problem-solving.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy focuses on:

  • Challenging maladaptive assumptions and thinking errors
  • Cognitive Re-framing
  • Thought stopping strategies
  • Mood modulation
  • Imagery
  • Imaginal and In Vivo Desensitization
  • Assertiveness Training
  • Anger Control
  • Social Skills Training
  • Coping Skills Training
  • Communication Skills Training
  • EMDR: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing
    • Reprocessing traumatic memories trapped in the right side of the brain using bilateral stimulation (usually rapid eye movements) to dampen the emotional charge to the memories.

Treatment // Diagnoses

Jennifer's therapeutic approach enables her to positively impact individuals struggling with the following issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Phobias
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Acute Stress Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Asperger’s Syndrome
  • Dissociative Identity Disorder

Notice Regarding COVID-19

Due to the many public safety issues caused by the pandemic, I am conducting all therapy sessions via Telehealth, until further notice.

Treatment // Guided Meditation

MEDIA

H.E.A.R. Video Series

(Hope, Empowerment, Adaptation, Resilience) 

Dr. Jennifer Guttman’s new H.E.A.R. Series, which debuted on YouTube in August/2020, comprises four (4) monthly episodes (3:00 – 3:30 in length) which feature four core skills, (H) Hope, (E) Empowerment, (A) Adaptation, and (R) Resilience.

 The series is inspired by Dr. Guttman’s monthly blog series of the same title which is currently being published in Psychology Today Magazine. She has witnessed an increase in varying mental health issues among my clients, and a rise in their ability to create positive internal growth during these trying times. That trend motivated her to coalesce the 4 H.E.A.R. technique skills to support and help people become more active listeners and improve the quality of their mental health.

A PATH TO SUSTAINABLE LIFE SATISFACTION Workbook

In her workbook, “A Path To Sustainable Life Satisfaction,” (released in June 2018 independently and available on Amazon.com/Kindle) Dr. Jennifer Guttman explains her six core techniques, Starting Is Easy, Closing Is Hard, Decision Making, Facing Fears, Reducing People-Pleasing Behaviors, Avoiding Assumptions and Active Self-Reinforcement, and when coalesced together, how they can serve as a blueprint to motivate and make you feel more empowered and self-reliant. The workbook also features several fun and complementary exercises that are designed to challenge and help you think about happiness in a more realistic way. Instead of chasing happiness, she encourages people to focus on achieving sustainable life satisfaction.

REMASTERED "A PATH TO SUSTAINABLE LIFE SATISFACTION" Web Series

 

The Remastered “A PATH TO SUSTAINABLE LIFE SATISFACTION” monthly web series features shorter episodes, (4:00 – 5:00 minutes in length), a remixed audio track and new theme song. It was released in August 2019 and is available for viewing on YouTube. The cumulative views for the original and remastered series is about three quarters of million.

"A PATH TO SUSTAINABLE LIFE SATISFACTION" Web Series

 

“A PATH TO SUSTAINABLE LIFE SATISFACTION,” is monthly six-episode web series that premiered on YouTube in October 2017. Each episode is 8-10 minute in length and features one of the six core techniques, Starting Is Easy, Closing is Hard, Decision Making, Facing Fears, Reduce People Pleasing Behaviors, Avoid Making Assumptions and Active Reinforcement. The series is capped be a SLS® Special that comprises all six episodes.

 Dr. Guttman was inspired to create her Sustainable Life Satisfaction℠ brand of six empowering techniques t0 fulfill her mission of helping motivate people to become masters of their lives. The series serves as a blueprint and way for people to channel their strengths, develop active reinforcement that comes within, so they can become more self-reliant and effective in every area of their lives.

THE LATEST FROM DR. GUTTMAN’S BLOG

IN THE NEWS

Since the summer of 2016, Dr. Guttman has been featured as a Contributor and/or has written articles in over twenty nationally recognized publications and blogs including; The Washington Post, Redbook, Reader’s Digest, The Hill, Family Education, and Thrillist, among others. She has talked about a wide range of subject matter, from health/wellness, relationships and dealing with adolescent issues to coping with divorce and has reached a cumulative audience of over 130 million impressions.

IN THE NEWS

Since the summer of 2016, Dr. Guttman has been featured as a Contributor and/or has written articles in over twenty nationally recognized publications and blogs including; The Washington Post, Redbook, Reader’s Digest, The Hill, Family Education, and Thrillist, among others. She has talked about a wide range of subject matter, from health/wellness, relationships and dealing with adolescent issues to coping with divorce and has reached a cumulative audience of over 130 million impressions.

PODCAST APPEARANCES

The Hidden Why

11/19/18

Food for Fitness

11/13/18

Anxiety Slayer

6/21/18

Contact

Notice Regarding COVID-19

Due to the many public safety issues caused by the pandemic, I am conducting all therapy sessions via Telehealth, until further notice.

Dr. Jennifer Guttman
jennifer@guttmanpsychology.com
Specializing in cognitive-behavior therapy featuring Sustainable Life Satisfaction℠ techniques.

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