Ronnie Burak Ph.D.
Licensed Psychologist
PY 4593


SECTION I: Initial Evaluation
SECTION II: Individual Psychotherapy
SECTION III: Couple's Therapy
SECTION IV: Family Therapy
SECTION V: Coaching
SECTION VII: Seminars For Professional and Corporate Groups

SECTION I: Initial Evaluation

The initial evaluation is a very important time for me to get to know my new client and for them to get to know me. I will ask about the nature of the problem that has brought someone to meet with me, and I will get background information about the their personal, family, and work life. I will also get a history of early childhood, school, and more recent experiences that may have an effect on the present situation.

At the end of the session I will give the client a summary of how I see the problem and some ideas about how we should proceed. We will work together to create goals for our future sessions and we will define what kinds of therapeutic approaches will best address the goals we have outlined.

I may recommend books or articles to read before our next session and may give some "homework" to do to begin the process of therapy before we meet again.

SECTION II: Individual Psychotherapy

The most important starting point in beginning therapy, is that the client feels comfortable enough with me to tell me his or her concerns in an honest and open way, knowing that I am not there to judge. Sometimes just having an opportunity to get things off one's chest can be very healing.

The therapeutic process is very individual. I use a variety of approaches such as insight oriented therapy, which enables a person to look at their patterns of behavior and the influences in their life that have helped to create these patterns.

I also often use cognitive/behavioral therapy in order to identify negative thinking patterns that may be contributing to stress, anxiety and/or depression. We may work on specific techniques to change negative thinking into new more positive approaches.

We may also work on patterns of decision-making and behavior that may contribute to a specific problem. (I often design particular behavioral techniques to help clients create more positive approaches to their problem or concern.)

I am very interested in eastern philosophy such as yoga and mindfulness meditation. Sometimes these approaches can be very useful in helping clients deal with the stresses in their life, also help them to think about life in new and exciting ways.

SECTION III: Couple's Therapy

I see couples that are married, engaged to be married, or are not married but living together or living separately. Depending on the type of problem I may see a couple together every session or a combination of individual meetings and joint sessions.

Every couple has a unique relationship. However, many problems in relationships are made worse by poor communication. I teach couples skills to improve their communication, with the goal of improving the quality of their relationship.

Other issues that are common are the complications of second marriages and the baggage that comes along with that. This is especially difficult when there are blended families.

Sometimes there is a crisis of trust in a relationship. This is a particularly serious problem, but many couples can learn to rewrite the contract in their relationship and overcome the problems of a very difficult time and grow from the experience.

Financial issues can cause tremendous stress in a relationship. Sometimes couples need a neutral person to help them look at the situation in a new way.

Often couples with young children are particularly vulnerable to stress given all the responsibilities with work and family. Because of these stresses the relationship can suffer. Therapy can help couples learn to nurture their relationship and still be effective parents and individuals who are productive in their work life.

Sometimes relationships are just not meant to be, and therapy can be helpful to bring the couple to the decision to go their separate ways in the most positive way possible. This is very important when there are children who are greatly affected by the dissolution of a marriage. Hopefully these sessions can be preventative, helping parents make the best decisions for their children as well as themselves.

SECTION IV: Family Therapy

Families can experience stress as a result of a variety of issues such as the death or illness of a loved one, separation and divorce, financial problems, children with special needs, extended family issues, changes in employment, moving, mental health or substance abuse issues of a family member, just to name a few.

I deal with family issues in an individualized way. I may see family members individually, so that each person feels that they have a safe place to express their feelings and tell their story. I also may meet with several family members before meeting with the entire family. Ultimately, the goal would be to bring everyone together to work on resolving the issues at hand.

It can be very helpful to have family members come together with a facilitator to express how each member feels, in a safe environment. I try to help family members learn effective ways to communicate their needs, so they can be heard and problems can be resolved in the most positive way possible.

SECTION V: Coaching

Sometimes people who are functioning very well in their life just need some coaching to help them through a particular situation.

Many executives in the corporate world, or other professionals, seek some guidance on how to manage their personal and professional life to achieve their highest level of potential and also feel fulfilled.

Sometimes people reach a crossroad in their life and need some feedback on what direction to take.

I have worked with many clients who need direction to help them restore their creative energy and emotional balance. We may use a variety of techniques to achieve this goal, some that include mindfulness meditation and other eastern oriented approaches, journaling, or other creative modalities.

Coaching takes a very solution oriented approach with the client actually doing a lot of the work through exercises between sessions to help them develop new ways of looking at their situation and helping them become more creative in their thinking about their journey.


EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) has been shown to be a very effective tool in helping people who suffer from trauma, recent or past, physical pain, addictions and anxiety. The technique uses tapping on acupuncture points to clear energy patterns and imprints that have been left from stored emotional conflict.

This technique has been shown to be very effective in restoring emotional balance in a very short time.

SECTION VII: Seminars For Professional and Corporate Groups

Stress Management

In these difficult economic times, companies are trying to do more with less. This puts tremendous stress on employees who are doing the job that multiple people used to do. Needless to say workplace stress can affect morale and productivity. Workers are dealing with juggling work and family responsibilities, and can become anxious, unhappy, angry and even sick.

It is my goal to provide seminars that bring co-workers together in a safe, positive environment to talk about the stresses that they experience, to help participants understand how stress can affect their health, and to provide them with strategies and techniques to help them cope more effectively with the particular stresses they are dealing with in their lives.

During these sessions, we talk about the mind/ body connection, and I use a variety of approaches such as meditation and mindfulness practice, communication skills, and techniques focused on helping participants change their negative thoughts through cognitive restructuring.

The use of laughter and humor can also be important as a way to relieve stress and enlist the power of spirituality to bring greater perspective and peace to their lives.

Improved Workplace Communication and Team Building

I work with companies and organizations to provide a place where coworkers can come together in a safe environment. The goal is to learn new ways to communicate and to feel more positive about the work place environment.

This seminar provides a space for participants to have fun but also to address the challenges of the work place and to explore new and creative ways of problem solving.