——— James Strickland ——— Danielle Bissett ———
James C. Strickland, PhD Danielle Bissett, PsyD Heywood Barash, PsyD  
Founder &
Executive Director
Fellow of the
Albert Ellis Institute
Dr. Erica Geraci, PhD  
 David Zerella, LMSW Erica Geraci, PhD
 Will be accepting new clients
as of September 2015

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  • I don’t have issues in my life!”

There are always going to be issues in life. Thinking that life is going to be issue free is a delusion. If you walk around in life thinking there are no issues or problems, you are living in denial and that is unhealthy. The healthy part is realizing there is an issue and perhaps seeking help.

  • “What is Denial?”

Denial is when a person continues to repeat dysfunctional behaviors but thinks everything is fine. That’s denial. Denial is also a lack of awareness and awareness is necessary to recognizing that there is a problem.

What is denial?

When a person sees themselves in the same frustrating or dissatisfying situation, they need to take notice. A great metaphor for denial is clumsy people. Clumsy people don’t watch where they are going, don’t look where they are walking, step on something, trip and fall, and/or bump into things. They kind of lumber through life, lacking situational awareness. In addition they are unaware that they are placing themselves or someone else at risk by their behavior.

Addictions whether it be to drugs, gambling, alcohol, food, shopping, video games, texting, exercise – - are forms of denial. Many addicts say “Oh, I can stop any time I want. I just don’t want to.” That is the ultimate denial.

If you repeatedly find yourself in the same unhappy, unhealthy place, it’s time to pay attention and recognize that you do indeed have an issue that needs to be resolved.

  • “Therapy is only for the weak!”

This is a myth that has been proven to be untrue. The person who goes to therapy is actually the strong one and will end up being stronger because instead of living in the delusion they have no limitations. They realize they can’t see themselves objectively and need somebody who is not immediately involved in their issues to take a look and see their blind spots.

  • So why would I come to you for therapy?”

I practice Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), a type of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). REBT is considered an Evidenced Based Treatment (EBT) whose effectiveness has been validated through research and has been shown to bring about lasting change. At one time the efficacy of all therapies was unknown. As researchers began to study various therapies, they discovered that some treatments were proven to be more effective than others. We can’t say that untested therapies are not effective, it is just that no one has taken the time to study them. If you don’t want to take a chance, the highest probability of getting help is with an evidence based therapy because it has been proven effective. I have more confidence that a positive change will come about using evidence based treatments because I have the research to back it up. Not only do I use evidence based treatments in my practice, but I teach them to my clients so that they can use them.

  • “Why would you teach your skills to your clients?”

I want to teach it to my clients as I have learned it so that they can get the maximum benefit for the rest of their lives, not just for the time that they are in therapy with me. When therapy is complete, they take with them their education and can use it wherever they go. I teach them to not only be less distressed, but more resistant to becoming distressed.

  • “So you have all the answers?”

No, unfortunately, I don’t, but I problem solve all day long so I usually have something in my “knowledge storehouse” to help, that I can pull out at any time. I also work closely and collaboratively with my clients. Through that we find the answers necessary for them to live an emotionally healthy life.

So when do I start feeling alright

  • “So when do I start feeling better?”

I am a “get down to business” type psychologist. My attitude is “You have an issue. Let’s get it solved.” My goal is to give a client hope and have them feeling better from the very first session. I see my clients once a week for 45 minutes, but I want them to feel the relief the other 167+ hours of the week.

  • “Do you really think I can help myself?”

In almost all cases, I do. So give me a call and let’s take a look at your situation and see what we can do for you.

Dr. James StricklandDr Strickland was trained in the use of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) but more specifically in Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), a type of CBT. As the name implies, CBT focuses on replacing irrational beliefs with rational ones. Changing a person’s thoughts will change their feelings and behavior. Scientific research suggests that REBT is typically the most effective line of treatment for clients who prefer it because it tends to be short-term and solution-focused. For more about Dr. Strickland, click here.
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Albert Ellis Institute Fellow


Dr. Strickland successfully completed an intensive 2-year fellowship at The Albert Ellis Institute and is now a "Fellow" of the Institute. The program included in-depth training in Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), serving as a therapist in the Institute’s clinic, co-leading groups and workshops, individual and group supervision and participating in research.


Dr. James C. Strickland, Ph.D. is a Psychologist, practicing in Hauppauge, Long Island, LI, New York. As a licensed Rational Emotive Behavior Therapist, Dr. Strickland provides Marriage & Family Counseling, Assertiveness Counseling, help with ADHD & ADD, and Depression Counseling & Therapy, and Dr. Strickland can also help with managing Anxiety & Stress. James Strickland, Ph.D. also provides Therapy and Counseling for/with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Behavior Modification, Applied Behavioral Analysis, and Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). Not only a Psychotherapist, Dr. Strickland provides management strategies, training, support, and coaching for relationships, marriages, parenting, adolescent behavior, teen behavior issues, and child behavior concerns - providing Alleviation, and helping people overcome and/or manage whatever mental health, or psychological concerns they may be dealing with. Behavioral Psychotherapy Services are available from Dr. James Strickland for Couples, Individuals, Parents, Adolescents, Teens, and Children in the following towns & cities in Suffolk County New York - Melville, NY 11747, 11775, East Northport, NY 11731, Hauppauge, NY 11788, Lake Grove, NY 11755, Medford, NY 11763, Brentwood, NY 11717, Greenlawn, NY 11470, Stony Brook, NY 11790, 11794, West Babylon, NY 11704, 11707, Commack, NY 11725, Patchogue, NY 11772, West Islip, NY 11795, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779, Shirley, NY 11967, Coram, NY 11727, Copiague, NY 11726, Centereach, NY 11720, Huntington Station, NY 11746, 11750, Islip, NY 11751, Islip Terrace, NY 11752, Centerport, NY 11721, Holtsville, NY 00501, 00544, 11742, Huntington, NY 11743, North Babylon, NY 11703, Calverton, NY, 11933, Islandia, NY 11749, 11760, Moriches, NY 11955, Bellmore, NY 11710, Lindenhurst, NY 11757, Saint James, NY 11780, Babylon, NY 11702, Smithtown, NY, 11787, Miller Place, NY 11764, Nesconset, NY 11767, Kings Park, NY 11754, Westhampton, NY 11977, Blue Point, NY 11715, Rocky Point, NY 11778, Bay Shore, NY 11706, Central Islip, NY 11722, Sayville, NY 11782, Middle Island, NY 11953, Bridgehampton, NY 11932, Selden NY, 11784, Yaphank, NY 11980, Ridge, NY 11961, Wading River, NY 11797, Bohemia, NY 11716, Sound Beach, NY 11789, Deer Park, NY 11729, Riverhead, NY 11901, Cutchogue, NY 11935, West Sayville, NY 11796, Mastic, NY, 11950, East Quogue, NY 11942.</div> Dr. Strickland provides affordable psychotherapy & Behavior Modification services in the following towns & cities in Nassau County, New York - Levittown, NY 11756, Hicksville, NY 11801, 11802, 11815, 11819, 11854, 11855, Plainview, NY 11803, Lynbrook. NY 11563, Garden City, NY 11530, 11531, 11535, 11536, 11599, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577, East Meadow, NY 11554, Elmont, NY 11003, Mineola, NY 11501, New Hyde Park, NY 11040, 11041, 11042, 11043, 11044, 11099, Massapequa , NY 11758, Oceanside, NY 11572, Hempstead, NY 11549, 11550, 11551, Floral Park, NY 11001, 11002, Westbury, NY 11590, 11594, 11595, 11597, Freeport, NY 11520, Great Neck NY, 11020, 11021, 11022, 11023, 11024, 11025, 11026, 11027, Uniondale, NY 11553, 11555, 11556, Albertson, NY 11507, Syosset, NY 11773, 11791, Island Park, 11558, Valley Stream, NY 11580, 11581, 11582, Wantagh, NY 11793, Woodbury, NY 11797, Manhasset, NY 11030, Baldwin NY, 11510, Merrick, NY 11566, Jericho, NY 11753, 11853, Rockville Centre, NY 11570, 11571, 11592, Bethpage, NY 11714, Williston Park, NY 11596, Roslyn, NY 11576, East Rockaway, NY 11518, East Norwich, NY 11732, Farmingdale 11735, 11736, 11737, 11774, Malverne, NY 11565, Woodmere, NY 11598, Glenwood Landing, NY 11547, Roosevelt, NY 11575, Franklin Square, NY 11010, Carle Place, 11514, Sea Cliff, NY 11579, Port Washington, NY 11050, 11051, 11052, 11053, 11054, 11055, Glen Cove, NY 11542, Massapequa Park , 11762, and Brooklyn NY.