About Arlene

Arlene Kahn West Windsor Therapist Arlene Kahn is the director of West Windsor Psychotherapy and Associates.   Arlene  holds three clinical licenses in New Jersey.  She is licensed as a clinical social worker, a marriage and family therapist and as an addictions counselor and maintains a private practice in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.

With over 30 years of experience as a therapist  and as a graduate of  Rutgers University specializing in individual, couples and group therapy she is currently working in private practice with a broad spectrum of clients and client issues.   Through a collaborative process she has learned to help individuals gain a new perspective that leads to growth and change.

She also has extensive expertise in working with couples and she draws from Imago Relationship Therapy and other sources in helping couples grow.  Imago Therapy provides a way for couples to communicate in a heart-felt way and expand possibilities in their relationship. Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy brings awareness of healthy and problematic attachment styles between partners.  Jungian psychology helps to show the kind of interactive field that couples experience and where their differences might create problems.   Learning to understand the kind of  field we’re in as a couple, can contribute to a more whole and loving relationship.

Arlene’s expertise in addiction treatment is well-known and extends to concerns for adult children of alcoholics, co-dependency, as well as over-eating and weight loss concerns.   While a clinician at Jewish Family Service in East Brunswick NJ. she started a Task Force on addiction in the Jewish community.  From there, bi-yearly retreats for Jews in recovery from substance abuse and food issues were held throughout New Jersey.  These retreats  addressed the spiritual issues involved for Jewish addicts/spouses and interfaith relationships.  A national award for this program was given to the agency in 1990.

Arlene  has also been trained in Jungian Psychology at the Center for Analytical Perspectives  (NYC) where she studied for over 10 years.  She draws on that training to help people understand the larger context of many problems, the symbolism of  dreams, and to help individuals achieve their creative and spiritual goals.

In addition to being a prominent relationship and individual therapist, Arlene Kahn has presented at National conferences and to general audiences.   She has also been a trainer for several agencies, training agency staff  in addiction treatment, and in fostering the enjoyment of intimate relationships for their clients and for themselves.

In addition, Arlene taught clinical supervision for four years in the Graduate School of Social Work at Rutgers University to first-time field work instructors to help them be effective in their role as new supervisors.

Arlene Kahn is an interactive therapist.   She is trained in Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy which is a mind/body approach to therapy that informs her work.  This approach of bodily sensing helps clients build on their strengths to achieve their best possible outcome.  In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, she offers a highly personalized approach tailored to each of her clients’ individual needs to help them attain the personal growth they strive for.

Education

B.A., UCLA, 1963

MSW, Rutgers Graduate School of Social Work, 1980

Licenses/Certifications

Social Work NJ Lic. # 44SC00201300

Marriage and Family Therapist, NJ  Lic. #37F100104000

Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Lic. #37LC00094800

Certified EMDR Practitioner, Level 1 & 2, 1999

Certified Imago Relationship Therapist, 1994

Nationally Certified Group Psychotherapist, 1994 Certification #26652

Additional Training

Jungian Psychology, 1990–2005, Center of Analytical Perspectives, NYC

Focusing, 2008–present   (a method of bodily sensing, experiential approach to psychotherapy), NYC

Publications/Awards

“Using the Imago Therapy Couples Dialogue When Addiction is Part of the Relationship.”The Journal of Imago Relationship Therapy, 2003.”

“The Exodus:  A Parable of Addiction and Recovery,”  Haworth Press, Journal of Ministry in Addiction & Recovery, Vol. 5, 1998 (2)

“Reaching Out To Recovering Jews:  A Professional Partnership With The Jewish Community”, Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 1993. This paper was based on a community program called The New Jersey Forum for Jews in Recovery for which a national award was won in 1991.

“When L’Chaim is Not To Life:  The Struggle of Jews and Addiction.”   Videotape, 1990.

Professional Memberships

National Association of Social Workers; American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; American Group Psychotherapy Association; Association of Imago Relationship Therapy; Emdria (Association for EMDR)  2000.

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