Sandra Sinicropi, LCSW   Montclair, NJ

    Individual and Couples Therapy


Philosophy of Practice:

In my practice I use Psychoanalytic, Family Systems and Relational Therapy approaches.

Psychotherapy is a process by which you examine your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and relationships in order to understand how they influence your current choices and experiences. Certain feelings, thoughts and motivations are either difficult to accept or are out of our awareness. 


Our personalities and how we relate to others are largely shaped by our family dynamics.  Family systems theory explains patterns of behavior  and sensations as they were influenced by early relationships and experiences from our family of origin.  

Relational Therapy, a practice written about by the late Stephen Mitchell (and others) values relationship as the motivating force in love, play and work.   Based on the ideas generated by  Attachment Theory and Object Relations Theory,  our relationships with others and ourselves are what ultimately enable us to get our needs met and to meet the needs of others, to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives.  The relationship with your therapist is also an opportunity to understand your experience with another person in the here-and-now. 

Therapy can also be used to  develop and expand our capacity for mindfulness, tolerance of negative (and positive) feelings, patience, trust, acceptance, compassion, forgiveness and love . 

I strive to provide a warm, confidential and nonjudgmental space where I use these philosophies of practice to guide you in understanding and making sense of your emotional reactions, thoughts and experiences so that you may realize your relationship, work and life goals. 

Psychoanalytic theory values an unconscious process that operates just out of our consciousness.  Therapy increases our awareness of what we are thinking and feeling so that we may respond to ourselves and others more authentically.