Daniel Kitrosser, LMSW
Daniel has a broad range of experience as a clinician, including practice with adults, adolescents, and children in outpatient, school, and residential settings. Over the years, he’s worked with a culturally diverse population of disadvantaged individuals with a variety of psychological disorders and interpersonal issues. Topics of particular interest, include: depression; anxiety; issues of trust (or more aptly put, issues of mistrust); obsessive-compulsive disorder, self-loathing, work-related stress, family dynamics, and attachment, among others. In addition to working as a psychotherapist, he has also spent a good bit of time as a researcher studying the impacts of public policy on various programs in the areas of mental health and homelessness. Daniel earned a Bachelor's in Psychology from The University of Delaware and a Master's of Social Work from The University of Pennsylvania.
Daniel’s framework for practice is eclectic, blending methods and concepts from psychodynamic psychotherapy, existential philosophy, cognitive psychology, and social psychology. In the matter of style, his approach is descriptive of a “client-centered” model. That is to say, he emphasizes the dignity and worth of the individual and focuses on their enduring capacity to overcome psychological and moral dilemmas. He believes that the client:
“…has within himself the capacity, latent if not evident, to understand those aspects of his life and of himself which are causing him unhappiness or pain, and the capacity and the tendency to reorganize himself and his relationship to life in the direction of self-actualization and maturity in such a way as to bring a greater degree of internal comfort.” (Carl Rogers)
In other words, he supposes that the primary and overwhelming force for change has to come from within the individual. It follows then that Daniel stresses the client’s dynamic participation in his/her own change process and endeavors to foster careful and genuine collaboration between himself and the client. He also uses a largely non-directive style of conversation. Simply put, Daniel sets out to design an atmosphere where dialogue is organic and guided by the client’s interests and instincts, as opposed to being driven solely by his interpretations. When he does offer interpretation and redescription though, he uses words thoughtfully and with precision. He also leans heavily on empathic understanding. Empathic understanding is the willingness and ability to understand a client’s thoughts, feelings, and struggles from their point of view. This capacity to see the world from the client’s perspective is really the basis, Daniel believes, for cultivating a climate of introspection and for bringing about authentic and lasting constructive change.