Stuart Alpert, PsyD., LCSW

Hartford Family Institute
17 South Highland Street, West Hartford
860-236-6009 -
What is your specialization and why did you choose to work in this area?
I have more than 40 years of experience as a psychotherapist and I still feel young at heart, alive, excited by my work and my desire to grow personally and professionally. I truly care about people and bring my caring to each therapy session and to my belief in people’s ability to heal emotionally, physically and spiritually.
What do you find most gets in the way of an individual's follow-through and success with change or healing therapy?
We all have the negative influences from our childhood. Often, what happens as we open to connection and understanding from our self and from the therapist, the old negative influences open up. They appear in the body, energy system, emotions and mind and end up being in conflict with one another. If a person is aware of this, they can still move toward success. If they are not aware, the negativity can take over and they could go back into destructive patterns.
How do you support your client's goal to keep their personal intention and create lasting change?
Building awareness is important in addition to connection that comes from a deep place of understanding and heart, as opposed to a more clinical approach to therapy.
Research shows that individuals keep their personal goals when they have a support system in place. What do you offer to provide the care and support necessary for an individual to experience change?
I encourage patients to take the therapy session outside of the office. Talk to friends, look for connection and ask for people to help them stay out of the negative energy.
Many individuals reading this may feel overwhelmed and not know where to begin in setting a personal goal. What is your best advice to bring self-compassion and patience?
Self-compassion and patience starts in the therapy office. Good therapists explore a patient’s sense of acceptance and help them realize a greater sense of acceptance.


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