Ron Balamuth, Ph.D. is a psychologist and psychoanalyst. He is a graduate of New York University’s doctoral program in psychology and New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis. He has been in private practice with adults and families in New York City for 30 years, and is on the faculty of Columbia University’s Teachers College Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, Profectum, ICDL, and the William Alanson White Institute. In addition to his work as a psychologist, he is trained in somatic experiencing, hypnosis, and meditation and mindfulness. He leads groups in mindfulness for both professionals and nonprofessionals. He has consulted with various schools, and has been the school psychologist at All Souls School for over 20 years. He has studied and has taught for many years with Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Serena Wieder, the originators of the DIR/Floortime approach to the treatment of children with developmental challenges in relating and communicating.
“Choosing to begin therapy is a significant step. It may stir up both trepidation and excitement as we face the unknown. Often, we are not even clear on why exactly we seek therapy. In our everyday lives, we rely on experiences, relationships, and careers to provide a sense of fulfillment and joy – but what happens when that happiness dissipates? We may feel lost, unfulfilled, or have a lingering sense that there is something more. In these moments, we are inclined to turn inward in order to explore aspects of the self that have been lying dormant. By creating the space to examine our relationships with ourselves, we open ourselves to new connections, discoveries, and possibilities. We offer ourselves the opportunity to discover a life of vitality, joy, and authenticity.
As a psychoanalyst and as a mindfulness practitioner, I accept that neither of us is fully aware our fates, much less “in control.” We are largely unconscious of our moment-to-moment waking life. Through, psychoanalysis, somatic awareness, and mindfulness meditation, we can learn how to bring awareness and choice into situations that are often influenced by the past or anticipatory anxiety.
Therapy is not a construction project. It is much more about being than about “learning” from a therapist. Through a relationship that deepens and becomes a source of support and reflection, therapy offers a dynamic space for unspeakable experiences to resonate. Therapy is often thought of as a refuge – a safe place to be heard, understood, and accepted. This is an essential foundation, but it is not our only goal. Ultimately, together we work to apply growing awareness gained in the office to the practical realities of your life. Your stay in therapy may be life-long or very short – as you become more aware of your relationship with yourself and recognize what really nourishes you, you are in a position to more precisely assess your need for therapy. The structure of our time will be guided by your experience, your questions, and your awareness.
The thirty years I have spent in the study and practice of psychology and psychoanalysis reflect my long-standing belief in the power of therapeutic relationships. I started my professional life in psychology as a researcher, but soon realized I would not be happy spending all my time exclusively with lab animals, and so I trained as a clinical psychologist. Special interests during my studies which continue to guide my professional practice include Autism, early childhood development (ages 0-3), somatic experiencing, and mindfulness meditation.”
Ron Balamuth, Ph.D.
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