In Balance Therapy's Client Testimonials
"Gabriele has proved to be exactly what I needed to effectively walk through the trials of life. She has successfully navigated me through the anxiety and chronic pain of two knee injuries, which required patella ligament reconstruction surgery on each knee, a change in career, and a cross-country move. Recently, she has assisted with the transition from a single working professional to a married professional with three step children. She has also assisted me with how to handle difficult and stressful events with regard to family and even those outside of my family. I would not have been able to navigate these difficult challenges without the true and caring guidance of Gabriele. She has truly been my coach and my cheerleader."
"I have known Gabriele Goodman since September 2006 when I hired her to be my life coach. Gabriele's performance as my life coach has been outstanding. Although my background is in law, not psychology, it is apparent to me that Gabriele really “knows her stuff,” and her coaching for me has been very effective as a result. So much of life is mental and emotional. It takes discipline and courage, especially the latter for me, as I am an anxious and fearful person. Gabriele helped me to navigate these challenges, not only with detailed plans but also with over-the-phone and in-person counseling sessions, sometimes using biofeedback.
"In the process, Gabriele helped me to become stronger, physically and emotionally, than I ever thought I could become. She is very bright, very wise and very self-aware. She is the most authentic person I know. She cares deeply about other people and takes sincere pleasure in helping them."
"Hello my name is Kathy. I am in my later 50's, a wife and mother of 4 adult children. I love people and I love children. With this being said, I found a great interest in working with children in an educational setting. I was hired by the school district in my area and worked as a paraprofessional in the special education department. I enjoyed my job very much for many years. I felt great about what I had to offer the students, academically as well as personally. Many students in my classes were in foster care or had some very rough past experiences in life at very young ages. I felt so much compassion for those kids. Heart breaking at times.
"Almost exactly 5 years ago, while working in a classroom of middle school students, I was physically assaulted by 2 students. This traumatic experience left me broken physically and broken mentally. With several surgeries to my spine and a lot of very hard and painful physical therapy, I moved past the physical part of the experience. But the mental nightmare continued to control my thoughts and my life. It was life changing for me. Anxiety became my new norm and I found myself in desperate need of reassurance and understanding from those people around me that saw the compassion I use to have for life completely vanish. It was a very difficult time for me.
"I feel so fortunate that I was able to reach out for help and connect with Dr. Goodman. Thank god she was put in my path as I desperately needed understanding in my life as well as some type of solution or answers as to what was happening to me. My self image was so low and I truly did not understand what was happening inside. Depression and PTSD. ... I was truly hopeless inside. I began to isolate as it was easier for me to deal with my fears behind closed doors, at home, where I would not face any triggers. Triggers included large crowds, certain types of people, loud noises, being confined and not being able to get away, certain physical movements ... all triggers for incessant panic attacks.
"It's a very hard place to get past, but I did it!! With direction and support from Dr. Goodman, I made it! With lots and lots of hard work and determination, I've learned how to manage my feelings, my anxieties, and I've learned how to sort through my thought process. I now know what are real and progressive positive thoughts and what are just thoughts that have no merit. I have been taught several ways to divert my anxiety. Breathing and focus on self at that moment are so important. Dr. Goodman has taught me so much about myself! She has taught me to use meditation and relaxation exercises to self-regulate my fight or flight response. She has taught me how to write down feelings and thoughts, to use those lists of thoughts to help understand why I feel and react the way that I do. She has taught me the tools to push through life as a stronger and much happier person ... compassion and understanding is what Dr. Goodman embodies. I am thankful for all that she has given me - the ability to get back to being a thriving human being. Trust. Thank you Dr. Goodman!"
"I was referred to Dr. Goodman by a dear friend who was very pleased with the results she had as a result of a few sessions with Dr. Goodman. I was in a bad place in my life and decided I needed to see someone myself. I was suffering from chronic pain due to fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, and a knee replacement that did not go well. As a result of the constant pain and pain medication, I had become relatively inactive, and was getting heavier and progressively more depressed. I got to the place where I no longer wanted to leave my home and had anxiety when I did.
"Dr. Goodman is a gifted and compassionate therapist. She really "heard" me. Together we explored ways in which I could become more active and eat better. She encouraged me to take baby steps and coached me through the whole process of the plan we created together. I am happy to report that I am now doing much better. I am only able to work out in the water it seems, so water it is, three times a week! I love being able and willing to exercise again. I look forward to going to the pool and seeing the new friends I have met there. The movement makes my joints feel better, and this has helped me use much less pain medication. Needless to say, leaving the house is in the rear view mirror now. It took a little time, but I feel like life is worth living again. Dr. Goodman has many tools in her tool box, and they really work! Thank you Dr. Goodman."
"I am a 45-year-old Business System Analyst, and the last nine months of work have been highly emotionally taxing, causing me to become prone to panic attacks, sleepless nights, underlying depression, and fear about having to end my twenty-year plus career with my company. While I completed five sessions of EAP treatment, I did not see the results I had hoped for and, subsequently, began private therapy with Dr. Goodman. Through our work together over the past several months, I have seen a dramatic decrease in my anxiety and an accompanying increase in my ability to stay present-minded, practice self-acceptance, and discern what I can control through my thoughts and behaviors, and what I can let go of as a function of understanding that so many variables in life are out of my control. While hard at first – and let me tell you, Dr. Goodman makes you work hard – I now feel in greater control of my emotions and my thoughts, and believe I now can use my thoughts to work for me as opposed to against me. Needless to say I am still very much a work-in-progress, but I have been able to stay in my career and am even learning to have better work-life balance, something I had none of before. Of course there is more to work on, but I am thrilled with the progress I have made vis-à-vis Gabriele’s coaching and guidance. Onward and upward! Thanks, Dr. G."
"Dr. Goodman is a very knowledgeable and caring healthcare professional. She helped me through a traumatic experience and taught me life skills that I still apply in my every day life. My experience with Dr. Goodman was a very nurturing one in which I felt cared for, comforted, and confident that she always had my best interest at heart. She has impacted my life in a profoundly positive way through her expertise. I feel fortunate to have met Dr. Goodman and received care and guidance from such a kind and intelligent professional."
"Dr. Goodman is very compassionate, warm and patient. You can tell that she really cares. This was my first session and I was pleasantly surprised about how well it went. I have been living with chronic pain and depression for nine years now and don't have much hope. I left the session feeling so much better than when I came in, so much more hopeful. She is amazing!"
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Dr. Goodman is a very personable doctor. I really like how involved she is and straight forward. I love how compassionate and caring she is.
Dr. Gabriele Goodman was a big help in helping pick up the pieces in my life. She is very caring and understanding and really knows how to make me feel comfortable in opening up and dealing with issues that held me back in the past from healing. I highly recommend Dr. Goodman, She is great!
Gabrielle has proved to be exactly what I needed to effectively walk through the trials of life. She had successfully navigated me thought the anxiety and chronic pain of two knee injuries which required patella ligament reconstruction surgery on each knee, a change in career and a cross country move. Recently she has assisted with the transition from a single working professional to married professional with three step children. She has also assisted me with how to handle difficult and stressful events with regard to family and even those outside of my family. I would not have been able to navigate these exciting challenges without the true and caring guidance of Gabrielle. She has truly been my coach and my cheerleader.
Experienced in PTSD
After many years, I experienced a trigger that sent me looking for a therapist. Dr. Goodman was easy to reach and available to see me within a day. She is experienced in PTSD, understood what was happening, listened and suggested a few readings and journaling practices. I put her suggestions into practice and was quickly back on track.I found her to be personable, a good listener and solution oriented.
Post traumatic disorder is life changing. Dr. Goodman helped me through the darkness most people can not see. Great full for my life!!
This review is about the true reality of what happens when you experience sever trama in your life, as many of us have. Thank you to Dr Goodman, for going above and beyond to help me learn to deal with the raw emotions that come along after trama occurs. I was truly lost and so scared after being attacked at my place of work. Experiencing feelings that I didn't know how to process or understand. I needed valadation as to what was happening to me inside. A very painful and emotional roller coaster. The treatments that were offered and that I received with Dr Goodman, saved my life!! I was truly brought out of a very sad and dark place and able to move forward, with my head held high! Dr. Goodman taught me techniques through theropy that help me to deal with triggers and anxieties when they arise. I'm forever great full for the help and professional guidance I received!! Thank you Dr. Goodman!!
Transforming and Bondage breakthroughs..
Dr. Gabriele Goodman was a big help in helping pick up the pieces in my life. She is very caring and understanding and really knows how to make me feel comfortable in opening up and dealing with issues that held me back in the past from healing. Dr. Goodman's one on one sessions had guided me through steps, that transformed me in the ways that I had never expected to even reach within myself.I highly recommend Dr. Goodman, She is great!
Gabriele is awesome!
I have known Gabriele Goodman since September 2006 when I hired her to be my triathlon and life coach, as well as a sometimes personal trainer. I worked with her until about December 2010. Gabriele’s performance as my triathlon and life coach was outstanding. Although my background is in law, not psychology, it is apparent to me that Gabriele really “knows her stuff,” and her coaching was very effective as a result. So much of triathlon training is mental and emotional – particularly if you are not a professional triathlete and you instead have a busy life around which you are trying to get in your training. It takes discipline and courage, especially the latter for me as I am an anxious and fearful person – afraid of steep descents on the bike, afraid of crowded open-water swims, and so on. Gabriele helped me to navigate these challenges, not only with detailed training plans but also with over-the-phone and in-person counseling sessions, sometimes using bio-feedback. In the process, Gabriele helped me to become stronger, physically and emotionally, than I ever thought I could become. The pinnacle for me was completing the Wildflower Long Course (a half iron-distance triathlon) in a very speedy time. More important than my time was the fact that I was able to achieve that goal by engaging in a process which made me a more resilient and joyful person. Gabriele is the one who created that process for me. As a direct result of Gabriele’s many hours of coaching and support, I have gone on to complete four full Ironman-distance races and to become a part-time, amateur triathlon coach. Based on what I have observed in Gabriele over the years, I can tell you unequivocally that she is a highly-motivated person who is able and willing to work impressively hard and effectively toward her goals. She is very bright, very wise and very self-aware. It's evident that she cares deeply about other people and takes sincere pleasure in helping them.
Insightful and collaborative therapist
I saw Dr. Goodman for assistance with managing my pain symptoms relating to a debilitating back injury I incurred a few years back. When I came to her I was very discouraged by being unable to do any of my normal activities and being unable to return to work. I found myself falling into a downward spiral of hopelessness and depression. Dr. Goodman used a very collaborative approach to help me to set attainable daily goals and to cope with my pain in a more mindful manner without letting it take over my life. With Dr. Goodman's help I gradually returned to work on a modified basis, reengaged with my life, and found new activities I enjoyed. I am so thankful to Dr. Goodman. She is wonderful to work with and truly passionate about her work. I highly recommend Dr. Goodman to anyone looking for assistance with pain management and coaching.
Knowledgeable and very professional
I saw Dr. Goodman for a brief period of time, but that is all it took to help me out. She is very approachable and really listens. She is trained in many psycotherapeutic modalities and comes across as very experienced and comfortable with her skills. She really cares.
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