Dr. Stern uses a variety of family therapy, cognitive behavioral, and psychodynamic approaches, developed during his clinical training at the Child Guidance Center of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the University of Pennsylvania Counseling and Psychological Services, the Coatesville Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, North East Treatment Centers, and Beth Israel Hospital in New York City.
After graduating from Tufts University magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, he worked extensively in early childhood education in the Boston area. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research in New York City, where he was awarded the prestigious New School Prize Fellowship.
He has published a number of research articles in the area of family therapy treatment for depressed adolescents. His current research addresses how parents can “earn” authority with their children.
- Building cooperation and openness in place of defiance and lying
- Cultivating self-control in place of tantrums and aggression
- Fostering contentment and self-confidence in place of sadness and worry
- Developing genuine closeness in place of clinging and irritability
Areas of Expertise
Richard S. Stern, Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience serving children, adolescents, and families. Dr. Stern has an extraordinary knack for developing a therapeutic bond and fostering change with even the most resistant, angry, or withdrawn youngsters. Using clinically proven family and individual therapy modalities, he treats a wide variety of child, adolescent, and family problems, including depression, anxiety, aggression, and defiance.
Dr. Stern specializes in addressing core relational issues of protection, loyalty, authority, and forgiveness to help families heal from generational wounds and allow children to develop appropriate individuation using the secure base of a trusting parent-child relationship. He has extensive experience working with families from an exceptionally wide array of ethnic and class backgrounds.