Dr. Steven Hartman

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Dr. Steven Hartman, a graduate of Yeshiva University – Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, earned a Master of Arts degree and continued his studies to fulfill the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Psychology

Dr. Steven Hartman trained in various settings, including: The East Ramapo Central School District, Hackensack University Medical Center, Rockland Children’s Psychiatric Center, and Sagamore Children’s Psychiatric Center. Dr. Hartman has been a consultant for the Suffolk County Police Department and conducted psychological evaluations for potential recruits. He has also conducted evaluations and Therapeutic interventions for Adults and Children with Learning and Developmental Disabilities. He is currently employed as a School Psychologist in the Sachem Central School District on Long Island as well as his private practice as a Licensed Clinical Psychologist located in Huntington, NY.

Dr. Steven Hartman is active in the Suffolk County community and is a Past President of the Suffolk County Psychological Association. He served on the Executive Board of the Suffolk County Psychological Association from 2000-2011, and on the Executive Board of the Suffolk County Academy of Psychology from 2005-2011. Dr. Hartman has conducted presentations and workshops for the Suffolk County Psychological Association and NY State Psychological Association.

Influenced by multiple disciplines throughout his training, Dr. Steven Hartman prefers to utilize a Psycho-Dynamic approach to the therapeutic process, but also relies heavily on Cognitive / Behavioral techniques and Family Systems Theory when implementing treatment modalities.

Areas of Specialization Include:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety Disorders (Social Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Specific Phobias)
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Anger Management / Stress Reduction
  • Spectrum Disorders (Autism, Aspergers) / Developmental Delays
  • Behavior Management for Children
  • Parenting Skills
  • Acute Psychiatric Disorders (Major Depression, Psychosis, Bipolar Disorder)

A Note from Dr. Hartman

Many people have asked me why I decided to become a psychologist. The answer is, for a while I really didn’t know – but I’ll get to that shortly. The question others inquire most is, “how do you deal with other people’s issues / problems and not be affected, don’t you find it difficult?” I usually answer by stating that everyone deals with other people’s issues / problems.  Whether it’s a friend, a sibling, a lover, a spouse (most often it’s an in-law), we all do our share in helping others manage life experiences.  So to think that it’s unique to psychologists is in many ways absurd. The next thing I tell them is that I do not think of psychotherapy as dealing with problems. I think of it as a learning experience – both for me and my patients. My training and expertise have taught me that through psychotherapy we gain insight into our pyche (minds) in ways that most individuals never explore. It provides the atmosphere and safety to perceive ourselves without our armor and look objectively at our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

Now back to the previous question – why I decided to become a psychologist. From as far back as I can remember, I have always felt in touch with other people’s feelings and seemed to have developed a gift of helping others when they needed someone to lean on. So I guess I always knew that I would choose a career that involved helping others. But why psychology? I began my studies in Psychology at the State University of NY at Albany. As a freshman in college, I roamed aimlessly through the curriculum catalog when I spotted a familiar course – Introduction to Psychology or Psych 101. I had taken an elective in high school and found it interesting, so I decided to give it a try. I found myself immediately interested in this course and it was the first time that I studied to learn rather than study for a good grade. My professor was enthusiastic and engaged the class with ideas that challenged my belief system, and a new world had opened for me. Although I majored in Psychology, it wasn’t until my senior year of college that I figured out what I wanted to do with my life. I accepted an internship at the Capital District Psychiatric Center in Albany. For 16 hours each week, I observed, received instruction from trained mental health professionals, and was allowed access to interact with patients on the adult inpatient ward. I remember one man, I won’t divulge his name for confidentiality purposes, who had been admitted on several occasions for symptoms of “psychosis” (visual and auditory hallucinations, delusions, paranoia).  With supervision from a licensed psychologist, I was allowed to meet with him for one-to-one sessions. Prior to his discharge several weeks later, he made a point to seek me out and told me that my work with him helped a great deal and that he would remember me long after he was gone. His remarks inspired me and reinforced my decision to go on to graduate school to pursue a Doctorate in Psychology. Years later, I look back on this experience as a crossroads in my life, and think that I am so fortunate that I chose a career that is both challenging and rewarding.

-Dr. Steven Hartman