31: Moshe Ratson, MBA, MS MFT, LMFT – Founder and Executive Director of sprial2grow Marriage and Family Therapy Reflects on His Unique Journey

Moshe Ratson was born and raised in Israel but always wanted to be in New York. In this podcast, Moshe discusses his academic and professional journey which eventually led him to become an innovative and well-known psychotherapist, business consultant, and executive coach in New York. He recalls what made him gravitate toward psychology and admits that learning about all of the available psychology programs, schools, degrees, and career paths was “pretty confusing” but explains that once he knew he wanted to have a private practice in marriage and family therapy, the choices became clear to him. Moshe earned his Bachelor of Science in Marketing and International Trade, his Master in Business Administration, and his Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy/Psychotherapy all within New York. He then became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and clinical member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). His experience serving as a Vice President of Sales at a Fortune 500 Company along with his experience in marketing, business, coaching and consulting led him to start his own practice. Today, Moshe is the Founder and Executive Director of spiral2grow Marriage and Family Therapy in New York and has an anger management book called “Anger Is Your Compass.” During our discussion, Moshe shares what colleges in New York for psychology and therapy he attended and why he chose them. He also discusses some of the requirements associated with becoming a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in New York including how many clinical hours were needed back in 2006 when he received his license. He discusses some of the philosophies and methodologies used in the field of psychology and which ones he uses in his practice. Finally, he talks about his practice, spiral2grow Marriage and Family Therapy, and how it has evolved through the years and how it is different from other psychological practices. Around the 32-minute mark in the podcast, Moshe offers specific advice for those wanting to start their own business or their own practice. One aspect of his practice focuses on sports psychology, and he admits that his experience as a professional basketball player helps him connect with his clients especially while working with NBA players, NFL players, and Olympians. Moshe was also a basketball coach, a secret service expert, and served in the army as a military officer. Connect with Moshe Ratson: LinkedIn | Twitter | Facebook | Youtube | Website ContactConnect with the Show: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn https://vimeo.com/744252402 Interests and Specializations Moshe Ratson uses a personal counseling approach that incorporates integrative psychotherapy that draws from a variety of methodological approaches. His areas of expertise include marriage and couples therapy, premarital counseling, infidelity counseling, anger management and emotional management, self-esteem and confidence as well as many types of coaching, consulting, and self-confidence and assertiveness training. Education Export Management Certificate (1989); Braude Academic College, Karmiel, Israel.Bachelor of Science (BS), Marketing and International Trade (1992); Fashion Institute of Technology, NYC, NY.Master in Business Administration (MBA), Management and Entrepreneurship (2002); Baruch College, New York, NY.Master of Science (MS), Marriage and Family Therapy/Psychotherapy (2006); Iona University, New Rochelle, NY. Other Sources and Links of Interest Moshe Ratson at PsychologyTodayMoshe Ratson at WikiHowMoshe Ratson at GoodTherapy Podcast Transcript 00:00:12 BradleyWelcome to the Master’s in Psychology podcast, where psychology students can learn from psychologists, educators, and practitioners to better understand what they do, how they got there, and hear the advice they have for those interested in getting a graduate degree in psychology. I'm your host, Brad Schumacher,

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