Janis Altman, Coach
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Janis Altman

Coach
Janis Altman is a practicing life coach with over 30 years of clinical experience. She specializes in working with young women who are at a crossroads in their professional and romantic life. She has lectured extensively throughout the country in both the academic and corporate world, including Harvard, Cornell, and American Express. She served as a clinical consultant for the Disney Family website. Janis is a published author, has served as the Director of Training at Victim Services Agency (Safe Horizons) for 10 years and is on the Clinical Advisory Board at Sanctuary for Families. Janis, has a combined masters degree from New York University in Dance Therapy and Psychology. Janis, completed her internship in dance /movement therapy at Bellevue Psychiatric hospital and her externship at Einstein Hospital.
Specialties
Life Coaching
Personal Growth
Relationship Issues
Locations
Midtown East
Alma Office
Finances
Sliding Scale
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Accepts Out-of-Network
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“Together, you and I will collaborate to create a blueprint to reach your short-term and long-term goals.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist? What inspired you to choose this profession?
When I was a college student I volunteered at a crisis hotline and it was there, where I first became aware of how much I appreciated helping people who were struggling. For over 30 years my passion and career has been focused on empowering young men and women to more fully embrace their potential. Often these individuals have questions about their relationships or career choices and I help them identify solutions to the obstacles that they face.
What would you want someone to know about working with you?
I tailor my approach to each individual I work with. Together, you and I will collaborate to create a blueprint to reach your short-term and long-term goals. Often I will use the book I authored, “Being Naked; A Nine Week Journey Toward Self Awareness” as a guide to self discovery. I offer my clients individualized, directed assignments which provide the structure and tools necessary to find their own creative force and their own capacity to solve problems and successfully move forward.
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How does collaboration with other providers play into your work?
I am always happy to collaborate with other mental health professionals to provide a more comprehensive, holistic approach to client care.
What do you think is the biggest barrier today for people seeking care?
People know that they want to change but, understandably, they are also afraid of change. We grow up with patterns of behavior, and although we might not like those patterns, they often feel familiar to us. We oftentimes confuse familiarly with comfort and are afraid to let go of past destructive behaviors. I use journaling, guided homework assignments and talk coaching to guide clients towards a healthier path. People are often so over scheduled and busy that it becomes difficult for them to address their own personal health and wellness. I encourage people to consider that they will be far more effective and productive once they make time to address their own needs.
If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?
Therapy is a process of getting to know one another. Each and every person has a unique story and their own unique gifts, yet there is a common thread that connects all of us.
What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?
More and more people understand that asking for help is a sign of strength rather than weakness. They also understand the mind, body connection. Practitioners realize that we have to treat the whole person: mind, body and soul.
“I encourage people to consider that they will be far more effective and productive once they make time to address their own needs.”
Janis practices at Alma
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