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Meet Alan Simberg

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alan Simberg.

Alan, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
One day, when I was about 7 or 8 years old and sitting on the piano bench in the dining room, I heard my father telling my mother that a relative was going to visit and he was going to see if he could help her solve a problem. I remember thinking “I want to do that someday.” That experience in addition to my interest in watching a television program during that time about a therapist that helped people contributed to me becoming aware of “my life’s purpose.”

During my life experiences, I identified specific jobs I wanted to do so that I could give people more and a better quality of help than I have received. One example has to do with my wanting to be a high school guidance counselor. During my secondary school education, I was labeled as being an “underachiever” without being told what that meant or what to do about it. When I became a guidance counselor in a vocational high school, I consciously practiced my intention to provide as much help as possible to all of the students in the most positive way possible.

The different degrees, licenses and certifications I decided to pursue were all motivated by my life experiences and job/career choices. Although certain jobs had specific and/or educational requirements I believe that my becoming aware of my life’s purpose and the path I have taken have all been divinely guided. I am grateful for being led to my calling and because it is such a joy and source of fulfillment in my life.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
My professional and personal journey provided a rather challenging, yet ultimately rewarding experience. My educational struggles during grammar school and high school contributed to my feeling less than my classmates and culminated in my flunking out of college. This occurred during the height of the Vietnam conflict which put me in a position to be drafted. However, I was able to be admitted to a college night school program. In order to matriculate as a full-time student in the day program I had to take and pass courses I had previously failed or barely passed. I found myself at a crossroads which meant I could continue to accept my negative self-image or focus on getting the best grades possible while allowing myself to believe I could succeed. Although I did not take the qualifying number of credits my grades were honor roll level. This achievement proved to be a major turning point in my life.

Besides being able to matriculate as a full-time day student, I gained the confidence I needed to believe in myself which allowed me to identify and pursue my professional goals. What I have achieved personally and professionally has far exceeded any of my early life expectations. And most important of all it has fueled my desire and intention to help others realize their full potential.

Alan Simberg, LLC – what should we know? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
I am an independent contractor in a group private practice that has a wholistic approach. I have a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist and Chemical Dependency Counselor. In addition, I am certified in Applied Clinical Nutrition and utilize my certification by Mary Morrissey as a Dream Builder Coach and Life Mastery Consultant in a separate business. I am also a certified NET (Neuro Emotional Technique) Practitioner. This approach helps individuals to manage their stress by neutralizing the effects of past experiences on present day functioning.

I assist individuals, couples and families to overcome emotional issues (e.g., depression and anxiety), relationship issues and challenges with alcohol and drug use. In my coaching business I help individuals to discover their dreams and transform their lives. One of my intentions is let people know that they have circumstances but that they don’t have to let circumstances have them.

The services I offer are different from what other professionals offer in two ways. One is that I blend traditional approaches with a spiritual perspective and a non-traditional approach (i.e., NET) which helps my clients to overcome their challenges quickly by seeing their challenges from a unique perspective. In addition, I offer nutritional assessments and suggestions which helps individuals to manage their mental and emotional challenges as quickly and effectively as possible.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The day in May of 1998 when I graduated and received my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology was the proudest moment of my career. The reason is it took me 17 years to earn that degree and I didn’t allow many challenges, including a divorce, financial hardship and the death of both my parents within a 1 year period, to stop me. The fact that I was able to draw upon all of my past experiences to help me have the strength to persevere let me know I could overcome what I needed to face.

Pricing:

  • Counseling $125 per hour, I am on some insurance panels.
  • Nutritional Assessments $100, follow-up office visits $35.00. In addition, supplement cost with 25% discount.

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