Dr. Plantikow, Marriage & Family Therapist, Pastoral Psychotherapist

General Information

Gender: Male
Years in Practice: 30+ Years
Avg Cost (per session): $130 - $200
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes

Accepts Insurance: Yes — While not a member of any plan, I will be happy to assist in obtaining out-of-network reimbursement.

Client Focus

  • Ethnicity: Any
  • Gender: All
  • Religious Orientation: Any
  • Gay/Lesbian Expertise: Yes
  • Age: Adults, Elders

Academic and Clinical Training

  • B.A., Yale University
  • M.Div., Yale Divinity School
  • Certificate received from Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute for completing its two year Residency in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Certificate received from Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute for completing its three year Residency in Pastoral Psychotherapy
  • D.Min., Andover Newton Theological School

Professional Associations and Licensure


Clinical Experience

  • Private Practice of Individual, Group, Marital and Family Psychotherapy in Westfield and Springfield, New Jersey (since 1970)
  • Individual, Marital and Family Therapy Faculties, Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute of the Institutes of Religion and Health, New York City (1981-88)
  • Director of Psychotherapy Training, Blanton-Peale Graduate Institute of the Institutes of Religion and Health, New York City (1981-88)
  • President, Institutes of Religion and Health, New York City (1983-90)

Treatment Preferences

Individual and Marital Therapy
Emotionally Focused
Psychodynamic

Modality
Individuals
Couples
Families

Specialties

  • Relationship Issues
  • Rebuilding After Affairs
  • Depression
  • Loss or Grief
  • Anxiety or Fears
  • Divorce
  • Elderly Persons Issues
  • Gay Lesbian Issues
  • Parenting
  • Sex Therapy
  • Spirituality
  • Personality Disorders

(Strengths in Green)

Therapists and Clergy

As one who has been involved in training individual and marital therapist and clergy for over thirty five years, I welcome the opportunity to provide supervision or consultation for clinicians and clergy.  Normally about 20% of my time is devoted to training other professionals.  I am an Approved Supervisor in AAMFT and a Diplomate in AAPC. I believe the quality of the helping relationship is crucial to individual and relational growth.  That being said, having solid theory in the background of one's mind is also very important. For me Psychodynamic, Object Relations, and Attachment Theory are very grounding.

Location

Directions

Route 22 East: From left lane take exit marked "22 West, Sheffield Street, Springfield". The exit ramp merges into Mountain Avenue. Follow Mountain Avenue 2 miles. Turn left onto Caldwell Place. At the first light turn left onto Morris Avenue. Turn right at the first light onto Short Hills Avenue. Turn left at the first driveway into parking lot.

Route 22 West: From right lane take exit marked "Springfield/To Sheffield Street". The exit ramp merges into Mountain Avenue. Follow Mountain Avenue 2 miles. Turn left onto Caldwell Place. At the first light turn left onto Morris Avenue. Turn right at the first light onto Short Hills Avenue. Turn left into the first driveway into parking lot.

Route 24 East: Take exit marked "Milburn, Springfield" onto Morris Avenue. Bear right at first cluster of lights onto Morris Avenue. Continue on Morris Avenue to next light and turn left onto Short Hills Avenue. Turn left at first driveway into parking lot.

Route 24 West: Take exit marked "Millburn, Springfield, Summit". Proceed straight onto 124 East, which flows into Morris Avenue. At the 4th light turn left onto Short Hills Avenue. Turn left at first driveway into parking lot.

1-78 East: Take exit 48 to Route 24 West. Follow directions from Route 24 West (above).

1-78 West: Take exit 49 to Route 24 West. Follow directions from Route 24 West (above).

Garden State Parkway, South: Take exit 142. Take to 1-78 West to Route 24 West.   Follow directions from Route 24 West (above).

Garden State Parkway, North: From far right lane take exit 142 (immediately after the Union toll plaza). Proceed one mile east on 1-78 before following signs to make a U-Turn to 1-78 West Take 1-78 West to Route 24 West and follow directions from Route 24 West (above).

New Jersey Turnpike, North or South: Take exit marked "Newark Airport to 1-78 West". Follow nine miles to Route 24 West. Follow directions from Route 24 West (above).

My office is on the third floor. Turn left off elevator and then left again and proceed to the second door on your right. (After 6 p.m. you will need to be buzzed in. Simply scroll to my name or put in 027 and I will let you in.)