1040 Great Plain Avenue, 3rd Floor, Suite B
Needham, MA 02492
My clinical practice focuses on “stuck” areas that people experience in their lives. Couples who find themselves in the “same old conflicts with no resolution” come to see me. I treat men and women who feel a sense of non-deserving and have trouble identifying and asserting their needs. I work with young adults, aged 18+, struggling to define themselves. They often present with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and /or learning disabilities. I have a special interest in adults with either acute and/or chronic illnesses including cancers, stroke, autoimmune disorders, heart disease, and seizure disorders. I also have had much experience in working with issues of loss and grief in the general population and specifically in the elderly population.
Strategies that I utilize for managing pain, anxiety, and the effects of trauma include stress/relaxation techniques, mindfulness meditation, and visual imagery. I also offer Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), which has been shown to be effective in decreasing the impact of trauma. EMDR often reduces the symptoms of anxiety and depression following trauma by helping the victim reprocess the painful experience in a safe environment.
My basic philosophy is that psychotherapy is best used to help people achieve balance in the service of living a satisfying life. Learning to accept and manage one’s vulnerabilities, whether they are emotional or physical, is essential in this goal. I work actively with my clients to help them come up with a map of their world – one that is filled with positive images and guidelines for health and well-being.
My credentials include a B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Massachusetts, 1975, and an MSW from Simmons School of Social Work, 1978. I have had extensive training and experience in couples’ conflicts, the impact of illness, issues of aging, and stress management. I have been certified as a Level I and II EMDR clinician. I also completed the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Practicum at UMA Medical Center, Worcester. Over the past three and one half decades, I have given many workshops on parenting issues, stresses of being a caretaker, divorce and separation, adult children of divorce, key ingredients to a successful marriage, assertiveness training, meditation practice and relaxation techniques, beginning college issues, coping with midlife issues; losses in the elderly, methods to avoid burnout, holiday blues, visiting the sick, tolerating differences and making decisions around religious/interfaith issues.
Mindfulness Meditation Courses
Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Reduction Courses, are offered throughout the year, and are taught by Naomi Mael Litrownik MSW, trained at the MBSR program at UMass Medical Center. This five week course, made up of five classes lasting approximately 50 minutes each class, teaches how to manage and regulate difficult thoughts, feelings and sensations. Mindfulness has been clinically shown to be a helpful technique, strategy and overall lifestyle “mindset” for people living with chronic physical and/or emotional pain, anxiety, depression, obsessive thinking, difficult life situations, and loss. The Course fee, payable upon registration, secures a slot. Insurance is not taken for this Course. Please contact Naomi Mael Litrownik, LICSW at 781-449-9822 or [email protected] if you would like further information and/or would like to be placed on our list-serve to receive emails about future Mindfulness Courses and other Mindfulness offerings.
Please visit the The Mindfulness Center at NPA for Mindfulness related courses and programs throughout the year.