The “Good-Enough” Doctor is Craig W. Cypher, Psy.D. A Licensed Psychologist in New York State, Dr. Cypher has over a decade of experience working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families in a variety of mental health and educational settings. He also is the creator and founder of CohesiveSelf, a soon to be released iOS app designed to help individuals track their emotional health and access tools to improve their mood. Dr. Cypher also works extensively as a trainer and presenter, providing informative and interactive experiences on a number of topics, including the interaction of technology and emotional health, the impact of trauma, understanding the subjective experience of mental illness, goal setting for sport and life, video games and media violence, and coach education in youth sport.
Dr. Cypher also maintains a private practice in psychology, offering psychological services that include individual and family psychotherapy, assessment, training, supervision, and consultation. His philosophy in providing psychological services to children, adolescents, young adults, and their families is to serve as a guide in a learning process designed to help clients overcome challenges. Through therapy, youth and families can learn more about themselves, develop inner strengths or mental skills, and make changes in themselves or their situations.
Dr. Cypher’s areas of specialty include individual and family psychotherapy, sport psychology and performance enhancement services, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) and consultation, group dynamics, video games and new media, and the effects of technology on relationships and emotional well-being.
“Only the true self can be creative and only the true self can feel real”
– Donald Winnicott
The title of the blog is a somewhat irreverent play on the works of Donald Winnicott, a 20th Century pediatrician and psychoanalyst, and his concept of the “Good-Enough Mother”. Winnicott felt that the positive development of the self in individuals was greatly tied to a mother who can do a “good-enough” job of adapting and responding to the infant’s needs despite the multiple stresses related to taking care of a young child. My aim in this blog is to be informative, thought-provoking, and responsive. And hopefully be able to do all these things in a way that is “good- enough”.