A Brief Overview of Viktor Frankl’s Life and Work

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Viktor Frankl
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With a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, Uzi Ben-Ami has served as a licensed psychologist in Maryland for more than 30 years. Outside of his Rockville, Maryland-based practice, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., spends his free time traveling, listening to classical music, and reading. He particularly enjoys the work of Viktor Frankl.

An Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl survived the Holocaust after spending more than three years in concentration camps, during World War II. Following the war, Frankl continued his work in neurology, and psychology – much of which was related to his Holocaust experiences. he worked from 1946-70, as the director of the Vienna Neurological Policlinic. During that time, he also served as a visiting professor at several American universities, including Harvard.

A prolific writer throughout his lifetime, Frankl authored 40 books that now appear in nearly 50 languages. Much of his written work focuses on logotherapy and existential analysis, a form of psychotherapy he developed which emphasizes the role of a sense of meaning and purpose in life. One of Frankl’s last books, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, was named one of the 10 most influential books in America. Frankl is also listed with Freud and Adler as one of the most influential psychotherapists of the 20th century. Since his death in 1997, dozens of authors have published books about his life and work.

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Many Ways to Learn, A Children’s Book About Learning Disabilities

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Many Ways to Learn
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A Licensed Psychologist with more than 30 years of experience in Maryland, Uzi Ben-Ami, Ph.D., is currently a psychotherapist in private practice in Rockville, Maryland. In his post-doctoral training, he trained and became a certified school psychologist, a certified sex therapist, and a certified NLP practitioner. He received extensive training in cognitive-behavioral therapy and Trauma treatment, among others. Dr. Uzi Ben-Ami shared his knowledge of children with special needs in “Many Ways to Learn: Young People’s Guide to Learning Disabilities,” a book he co-authored in 1996.

Designed to be read by the children about whom it is written – mainly those between 8 and 13 years of age – Many Ways to Learn offers easy-to-understand descriptions outlining different types of learning disabilities and how they manifest themselves. Dr. Ben-Ami and his co-author examine the ways in which each disability affects the behavior, performance, and emotions of the child, and how these learning differences can be best managed at home, at school, and in social situations. The book provides a convincing major metaphor to be used in order to explain learning differences. The use of the book and the central metaphor would help parents explain to their child and normalize learning differences. In addition to the explanations by the authors, the book shares a personalized, first-hand account from a child with a learning disability. Other chapters supply parents with helpful resources.

Ultimately, Many Ways to Learn teaches children struggling with a disability that they have as much – if perhaps in different areas – intelligence, spirit, and experience compared with their peers and that they could find creative ways to handle and improve challenging aspects of their lives.

What to Expect With Anger Management

 

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Anger Management
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Located in Rockville, Maryland, Dr. Uzi Ben-Ami counsels his clients in a private suburban house rather than in an office building, individually or together with a partner. Dr. Ben-Ami uses his knowledge of Behavior Therapy, CBT, DBT and PTSD, to provide his clients with practical and realistic help with anger management.

One targeted goal with anger management is helping you recognize types of situations that make you angry and teaching you how to manage your anger, using new specific skills. Knowing what to do before anger takes over will help you overcome it faster or avoid it altogether.

Knowing common physical signs of anger helps you reduce rage and how to prevent escalation. One example: clenching your fists, grinding your teeth, pacing, rocking while sitting, shallow breathing, and an increased heart rate, are all physical signs that you can observe yourself. By keeping track of your physical signs of anger or writing them in a journal, you can look back and see what situations make you feel angriest, what triggers the anger and what skills you used. With the therapist, you can look back and see what situations you should avoid, what skills are missing, and plan on acquiring the skills through explanation and discussion, some role-play, and also by watching fun or funny relevant videos. Your therapist will teach you realistic relaxation tricks that are possible to apply in real life situations. When needed, you may learn which muscles to use and which to avoid during the confrontation, so you don’t overreact, all this without losing your pride or your opponent’s respect for you.