Thank you for visiting my website. My name is Lucas Rockwood, Psy.D., and I am a Clinical Psychologist practicing in Morristown , New Jersey. I am licensed for the practice of psychology in the State of New Jersey. I have extensive training and experience in providing psychotherapy and assessment in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I have a wide range of experience in working with adults suffering from various psychological difficulties.
When working with patients experiencing short-term and acute problems, my treatment approach typically follows a cognitive-behavioral perspective using Judith Beck's (1995) Cognitive Therapy (CT) model. The CT model is based on the assumption that an individual’s thoughts and beliefs influence his or her emotions and behaviors. The fundamental principle behind this cognitive model is that maladaptive and faulty beliefs cause emotional and behavioral disturbances. In therapy, I work collaboratively with patients to identify and modify dysfunctional beliefs. Dysfunctional beliefs are typically modified into more healthy and adaptive beliefs. In accordance with the CT model, as a patient’s belief system becomes less dysfunctional, he or she will gradually begin to feel better as a result of the reduction of negative emotions and behaviors. In addition to using cognitive-based strategies, I often implement behavioral interventions (e.g., imagery, exposure, breathing exercises, activity scheduling) when appropriate.
When working with patients experiencing more pervasive and lifelong problems, my treatment approach follows a Schema Therapy model. I completed the International Training and Certification Program in Schema Therapy under the direction of the founder of Schema Therapy, Dr. Jeffrey Young, and the director of the New Jersey Institute for Schema Therapy, Wendy Behary. I am certified by the International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST) as an Advanced Level Schema Therapist and a Schema Therapy Trainer-Supervisor. Schema Therapy is an integrative approach that incorporates elements of attachment, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and emotion-focused therapies into a unified and structured conceptual treatment model. According to this model, an individual develops early maladaptive schemas (self-defeating cognitive and emotional patterns) when certain core emotional needs (e.g., safety, nurturance, acceptance, autonomy) are not met during childhood (Young, Klosko, & Weishaar, 2003). These schemas can prevent the same unmet childhood emotional needs from being met during adulthood. Treatment typically involves cognitive restructuring, emotion-focused techniques (imagery, dialogues), limited reparenting, and behavioral pattern-breaking. The primary goal of Schema Therapy is to help patients find adaptive ways to meet their core emotional needs through changing maladaptive schemas, coping styles, and modes.
Concerning my credentials, I have a Doctorate of Psychology (Psy.D.) in clinical psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology, which is fully accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). I completed my clinical psychology predoctoral internship at Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital (GPPH), which is an APA accredited internship program. GPPH is a state psychiatric hospital that provides inpatient mental health treatment for patients suffering from severe mental illness. In addition to my internship, I have participated in several therapy and assessment practicum experiences, including placements at a readjustment counseling Vet Center and a community mental health center.
Psy.D., Clinical Psychology
Georgia School of Professional Psychology
M.A., Clinical Psychology
Georgia School of Professional Psychology
University of Vermont
Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital
Psychologist, New Jersey
NJ License # 4510
ISST Certified Advanced Level Schema Therapist and Schema Therapy Trainer-Supervisor
New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA), Member
International Society of Schema Therapy (ISST)
Beck, J.S. (1995). Cognitive Therapy:Basics and Beyond. New York: The Guilford Press.
Young, J.E., Klosko, J.S., & Weishaar, M.E. (2003). Schema Therapy: A Practitioner's Guide. New York: The Guilford Press
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