Robin B. Risler, Psy.D., CAADC
Dr. Risler is a licensed psychologist and advanced addictions counselor specializing in helping adolescents and adults live more fulfilled and happier lives by addressing issues related to mental health, interpersonal relationships, and chemical and behavioral addictions. Dr. Risler’s dedication to her work is driven by a passion to help people achieve a deeper understanding of themselves and the world around them within a safe, relaxing and collaborative environment. She practices from a relational psychodynamic perspective holding true to the belief that people grow and heal in relationship. Dr. Risler is attuned to issues of ethnicity, race, culture, and sexual and gender identity, practicing in a culturally competent and sensitive way. The hallmark of her approach emphasizes mutuality and cooperation while engaging in a process, which works to increase self-awareness without judgment, which ultimately results in individuals making healthier choices in their lives. Her clinical interests include addictions of all stripes, grief and loss, depression and anxiety, gender, sexual and cultural identity issues, and general relationship concerns.
Dr. Risler has been in private practice since 2004, while also working full-time as the Assistant Coordinator and then Coordinator of the Campus Alchohol and Substance Awareness program at Temple University. Prior to coming to Temple she worked at other college and hospital based mental health treatment centers. Throughout her tenure at Temple University, she worked with young and emerging adults in therapy helping them to learn more about themselves and in turn to cope more effectively with the particular challenges facing them. She ran several groups, including a Drug and Alcohol process group, a Mindfulness Meditation Group, and a Supervision of Supervision Group. She also provided clinical supervision to newly minted therapists. She stepped down from her full time position at Temple University in 2013 and accepted a part-time position as a Senior Clinical Supervisor, in order to devote more time and energy to her private practice.
Dr. Risler is also one of four psychologists working together as part of a mental health team serving the emotional and behavioral needs of the highly diverse and gifted students of The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. She has gained a wealth of experience working with muscians who attended the Ester Boyer School of Music at Temple, which has prepared her more fully for her role at Curtis. Dr. Risler is currently a third-year psychoanalytic candidate at the Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis in Philadelphia, which speaks to her passion for life-long learning.
Education: Institute for Relational Psychoanalysis of Philadelphia ( IRPP)
Certifications: Relational Analyst
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“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.”
“Be curious, not judgmental.”
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”
-E. E. Cummings
“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens.”
“Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit”
-E. E. Cummings
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.”
“Sorrow makes us all children again – destroys all differences of intellect. The wisest know nothing”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson
“The cure for the pain is in the pain”
“When you go through a hard periods, when everything sees to oppose you, when you feel you cannot even bear one more minute. Never give up! Because it is the time and place that course will divert.”
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