Marriage & Family Treatment

Chatham Counseling Psychologist with decades of experience dealing with issues pertaining to family & marriage.


Anxiety & Depression

There is a treatment and cure for your anxiety and depressive disorders. I am here to support and guide you in that process.


Women’s counseling

I am a counseling psychologist with years of experience helping women overcome their problems.


Sheila E. Dancz

Positive psychology

Positive physiology is a relatively new addition to the field. Though the first summit of positive psychology happened in 1999 it has created a huge step forward for psychologists promoting the overall wellbeing of their patients.

The main difference to understand is that traditional psychology focuses on helping individuals dealing with a wide range of mental illness. Positive psychology focuses on allowing patients to successfully cope with the stresses of life but, more importantly, to thrive as individuals. Dr. Sheila E. Dancz has years of experience promoting the benefits of positive psychology; allowing hundreds of individuals to cultivate their particular talents and genius.

As a cognitive behavioral therapist and longtime practitioner of gestalt therapist Dr. Dancz focuses on tailor-made approach to her sessions. Depending on your situation and goals there are different methods which are best suited to your specific needs.

Here are a few of the techniques and methods that Dr. Sheila E. Dancz offers the people of Chatham:

Assertiveness training

Being assertive should not be confused with being aggressive. Within the dynamic of aggression there are usually two players: the aggressor and the submissive. Every one of us has been in either positions at one point or another but this dynamic is inherently flawed as the person in the submissive position is not being paid the respect they deserve as a human being.

What is far better, for all parties involved, is for individuals to be assertive. The benefits of assertiveness are manifold but primarily it facilitates open and respectful communication while allowing you to hold your ground, regardless of the situation. Dr. Dancz has helped many people in the Chatham area develop this valuable perspective and attitude, allowing them to move through life with confidence.

Progressive relaxation

The mind and the body are intimately connected. It is this fact which is the basis for progressive relaxation therapy. By manipulating certain muscles in the body the mind is given signals to reduce stress and emotional tension.

Progressive relaxation is an effective therapy for a number of issues:

  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Chronic Pain Syndromes
  • Migraines
  • And Many Other Ailments

Dr. Dancz gives her Chatham patients the tools they need to cope with stress and other negative emotions. Whether you are looking to get a handle on a current issue or you merely want to be able to steady your mind against what life dishes out, Dr. Dancz can guide you down the right path.


Visioning, as the name suggests, is a technique requiring patients to envision the lives they want to lead and finding the best ways to obtain it. Though it sounds simple this technique contains a number of sophisticated methodologies to bring your vision to fruition. One effective method is envisioning an older version of yourself looking back on your current situation. This allows a person to meaningfully step outside of their existence while holding all their future goals and aspirations at the ready in order to have a firmer understanding of one’s present life. Sheila E. Dancz Ph.D. can help you cultivate the right visioning system for your desired purpose and outcome.

EFT: Emotional Freedom Technique

Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is a mix of modern psychology and ancient Eastern medicine. Simply put, EFT is a form of self-performed acupressure where an individual taps certain parts of the body to reduce stress and anxiety in order to gain a clearer perspective on their current situation. The ancient theory behind the practice is that this tapping activates meridians in the body which are now known to contain nerve bundles. By using this technique the body indicates to the mind that it is time to relax yet at the same time positively focus on the issues a person faces in their life.

For more information on any of these therapies or to set up an appointment please contact Dr. Dancz at (973) 993-9018.

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