Doc JB Psychologist

A psychologist embracing meaningful change with warmth, intelligence and compassion. SPECIALIZING I

I was born and raised in northern New Jersey and trained as a psychologist across the Hudson in New York City’s hospitals, clinics, and schools. For over twenty five years, I have practiced psychology with children and adults–in New Jersey near where I grew up and in New York City near where I now live (and near New York University where I pursued my doctoral studies in the mid 1980s and early 199

Operating as usual


The Call to Unite

The Call to Unite Millions of people around the world are standing together in common purpose.

The Great Realisation 05/01/2020

The Great Realisation

The Great Realisation A bed time story of how it started, and why hindsight’s 2020. 🛌 🧸 Music by Katie Phillips Sound Design by Sam Gee



NOTRE-DAME de PARIS (1160 - 1260)
For MEMORY before the fire - Pour MEMOIRE avant le feu - Per RICORDARE prima dell'incendio

- The grand medieval Cathedral in the heart of Paris. 13 million visitors yearly: the most visited monument in Europe and the most famous gothic building worldwide.

- La grandiose Cathédrale médiévale au coeur de Paris. 13 millions de visiteurs par an: le monument le plus visité d'Europe et le plus célèbre édifice gothique au monde.

- La grandiosa Cattedrale medioevale nel cuore di Parigi. 13 milioni di visitatori: il monumento più visitato in Europa ed il più famoso edificio gotico del mondo.

© Pietro Madaschi, Milan Italy - 360 VISIO​ -

Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris


New York Institute for Gestalt Therapy

The Gloria and Fritz Film at 54: A Complex Legacy


NowThis Election


As a member of the 1%, Dennis Mehiel knows best that the wealthy only benefit more when Americans don't vote. His org Show Up 2018 is encouraging first time voters to show up on November 6th to make a change.


Today I Watched

A myth that needs to be debunked once and for all. 💉😢


"...for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.” George Eliot, Middlemarch


Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed. -Herman Melville, novelist and poet (1 Aug 1819-1891)



To the Editor:

As a New Yorker (originally from New Jersey), I take umbrage at Mark Landler’s suggestion that Anthony Scaramucci’s “attitude” (or that of any of the other New Yorkers in the White House) is typical of me and my fellow citizens (“You Talkin’ to Me? Trump’s White House Gets Some New York Attitude,” White House Memo,, July 28).

This city did not rise from the ashes of 9/11 owing to bluster, vulgarity or the “in your face” communication style typical of President Trump and the rest of his crew. Rather, New York City rose again owing to the heart, compassion and sense of community in all of its people.

These are the components of the New York attitude that I know, and it’s this New York attitude that politicians in Washington should begin adopting.



Su***de Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255.
A simple copy and paste might save someone's life....I did it, will you?




Dr. David Jockers

Food is the most abused anxiety drug.


Hello Friends!

From March 12 – 20, I attended the Pacific Gestalt Institute’s Residential Program in Santa Barbara, CA. Lynne Jacobs and Gary Yontef have assembled a smart, passionate and supportive group of faculty to teach relational gestalt therapy. The theme of the residential was: Embodied, Embedded, Emergent.

Many attendees were from other countries including Australia, England, Scotland, Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, and Canada. (Five of us were from NY/NJ including Gail Feinstein, Gail Zinberg, Andy Lapides, Sophia Slote, and myself.)

I am grateful to Lynne for co-creating a field for us to learn more about Gestalt therapy through groups, "pieces of work", and supervision. Together, we trainees confronted our shame in safety and with acceptance, and, through dialogue, began to develop relationships with many wonderful and diverse people. From the structure of the program, which included opportunities to learn, practice, break bread, socialize, and even perform and dance, a community emerged that transcends time and space.

Oh yes, then there was the love…

Thank you, Lynne, and thank you to all of the other faculty, Gary, Michelle, Friedemann, Jan and Christine.


Through tears, the client tells the therapist, “I don’t like that I have to pay you to love me.” And the psychiatrist says, “You pay me for my education, my efforts, my time, and my commitment. The love is free.” Casey Truffo


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“Friendship is one of the greatest gifts a human being can receive. It is a bond beyond common goals, common interests, or common histories. It is a bond stronger than sexual union can create, deeper than a shared fate can solidify, and even more intimate than the bonds of marriage or community. Friendship is being with the other in joy and sorrow, even when we cannot increase the joy or decrease the sorrow. It is a unity of souls that gives nobility and sincerity to love. Friendship makes all of life shine brightly. Blessed are those who lay down their lives for their friends.” - Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey (Journal entry for January 7th)


"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness... that is a friend who cares."
Henri Nouwen


James F Battaglia, Psychologist, New York

Check out my new website. Let's talk! I am a NYU trained psychologist with a full time private practice in Chelsea and where I specialize in working with adolescents and young adults.


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Doc JB Psychologist's cover photo 06/24/2014

Cool at 13, Adrift at 23 A study finds that after early adolescence the social status of socially precocious teenagers often plummeted.


Mama: There is always something left to love. And if you ain't learned that, you ain't learned nothing. (Looking at her) Have you cried for that boy today? I don't mean for yourself and for the family 'cause we lost the money. I mean for him: what he been through and what it done to him. Child, when do you think is the time to love somebody the most? When they done good and made things easy for everybody? Well then, you ain't through learning - because that ain't the time at all. It's when he's at his lowest and can't believe in hisself 'cause the world done whipped him so! when you starts measuring somebody, measure him right, child, measure him right. Make sure you done taken into account what hills and valleys he come through before he got to wherever he is.”
― Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun


The things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second. -John Steinbeck, novelist, Nobel laureate (1902-1968) 11/06/2013

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James F. Battaglia | Psychologist

I am a psychologist, and therapist for children and adults, eager to be part of the conversation. My website is Find my on twitter You have provided me an unyielding center of listening, understanding, compassion and care. You provided the tools and strategies I needed to help me move forward.


As a psychologist that works with adults and with children, I get the best of both worlds during therapy Adults talk and children play!




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