Mark J. Rothman Verified
Child/Adolescent Psychologist, Couples and Family Therapist, Psychologist
Dr. Mark Rothman is a Registered Psychologist who obtained his Doctoral degree in Psychology from Yeshiva University in New York City in 1988. He then completed a doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. He relocated to Toronto and established his practice in Psychology in 1998. Dr. Rothman is a Registered Psychologist in Ontario, Canada and is also a Licensed Psychologist in New York State. Dr Rothman made Aliyah in February 2023 and lives in Harish.
He has provided psychotherapeutic services for children, adolescents and families for over 35 years and has worked in a variety of settings, including: schools, universities, mental health clinics, residential treatment centers and private offices. Dr. Rothman presents with broad experience as a Psychologist with a variety of populations. He makes use of an eclectic approach with a blend of approaches including CBT. He has extensive experience in providing psychological services to address the emotional, educational and relationship needs for children, adolescents and their families. He also provides extensive services for children with learning differences and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. He also serves as a “recommended referral” resource at Divorceangels.ca.
Dr. Rothman is also a Certified Gottman Therapist. After providing many years of professional services to families, young adults, adolescents and children, he recognized the importance for expanding professional services to include couple/relationship counseling. He learned about the Gottman Method after researching various therapeutic approaches. Subsequently, he then completed extensive training to develop the necessary skills, and I began to provide this service in my practice.
As a Gottman Certified Therapist. I consider marriage/relationship counseling to be a major priority and a professional passion. The feedback and response from the couples that I have worked with has been very positive. For additional information regarding this method, go to Gottman.com.
Dr. Rothman has developed a variety of lectures taught either to both small and larger groups. A sampling of topics include; parenting, relationships and self esteem.
Dr. Rothman has served as the Director at Wilson Banwell (Ontario Region) providing consultative services for client companies including executive-coaching, training, mediation/conflict resolution, crisis intervention, anger management as well as team building exercises. In addition, Dr. Rothman had held the position of Director of the Psychology Department at Maimonides College and he was previously an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York.
Dr. Rothman is looking forward to providing services in Israel. He provides services both in-person and through secure video.
Yeshiva University/Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology
Anxiety / Panic
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Couples / Relationship / Marriage Counseling
Parenting Issues / Training
Executive / Career / Life Coaching
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that focuses on how one's thoughts, feelings and behaviors are connected and can be changed. It is based on the idea that how we think (cognition) and how we feel (emotion) can influence how we behave. CBT helps people identify and challenge distorted thinking and replace it with more balanced thinking, leading to improved mood and behavior. ‘Homework’, usually containing practical writing exercises, is often completed by the client between sessions to reinforce the therapy. Examples of tools that practitioners often use are journaling, challenging beliefs, and mindfulness.
Emotion-Focused TherapyEmotion-focused therapy (EFT) is a type of psychotherapy that is based on the idea that emotions play a key role in a person’s mental health. EFT focuses on helping people to identify, accept, and manage their emotions in a healthy and productive way. The goal of EFT is to help people identify and express their emotions, understand how those emotions impact their behavior, and learn how to manage their emotions in a way that is adaptive and healthy. EFT is a research-based approach to psychotherapy that has been found to be effective in helping people manage a variety of mental health conditions. It has been used successfully in the treatment of individuals, couples, and families, as well as with groups. EFT is particularly beneficial for people who struggle with emotional regulation, mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, and relationship issues.
Family Systems TherapyFamily Systems Therapy is an approach to psychotherapy that emphasizes the importance of understanding how the family functions as a whole, and how individual family members interact and affect one another. It focuses on how family dynamics, such as communication patterns, roles, and power dynamics, shape behavior, and how changing these dynamics can lead to positive change. Family Systems Therapy is a collaborative approach, where the therapist works with the family as a whole to identify and address areas of conflict and distress.
Gottman MethodThe Gottman Method is an evidence-based approach to couples therapy that is designed to help couples strengthen their relationships and resolve conflicts. This method is based upon decades of research on thousands of couples and utilizes an approach that is both structured and collaborative. The method is designed to help couples increase respect, affection, and closeness, break through and resolve conflict, generate greater understanding, and to keep conflict discussions calm. It emphasizes the importance of self-regulation, constructive communication, and creating a safe environment for couples to talk and work through their issues. During sessions, couples work on skills such as active listening and expressing needs and feelings effectively. Couples are also given tools to identify and work through conflicts by using problem-solving techniques and developing strategies to manage emotions and reduce stress.
Play TherapyPlay therapy is an evidence-based, developmentally appropriate form of intervention used to facilitate emotional, cognitive, and social growth in children. Play therapy is based on the premise that play is the child's natural medium of self-expression and can be used to assess and help a child work through difficult emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. The goal of play therapy is to help children develop the skills and abilities to navigate life stressors, and build self-esteem. During treatment, the therapist creates a comfortable, safe environment (a playroom) for the child to play with as few limits as possible. The toys in the playroom are intended to encourage the child to express his or her feelings and develop healthier behaviors. The child’s “play” with these toys serve as the child’s symbolic words, which may be difficult to express otherwise.
Psychodynamic TherapyPsychodynamic therapy is a form of therapy that focuses on the unconscious mind and how it affects behavior. It works to help people understand and work through past experiences and feelings that may be causing difficulties in the present. This type of therapy encourages individuals to explore their emotions, relationships, and behaviors in order to gain insight into their current difficulties. It can help individuals better understand themselves and their motivations, and gain insight into how past events have impacted their current lives. People tend to develop defense mechanisms when faced with challenges in life. Defense mechanisms may keep painful feelings, memories, and experiences in the unconscious. A few common defense mechanisms include: denial, repression, and rationalization. Psychodynamic therapists encourage people to speak freely about their emotions, desires, and fears. Being open may help uncover vulnerable feelings that have been pushed out of conscious awareness. According to psychodynamic theory, behavior is influenced by unconscious thought. Once painful feelings are brought forth and processed, the defense mechanisms are no longer needed and a person in treatment can start changing unhelpful patterns when coping with life’s challenges.