Steve K. D. Eichel, Ph.D., ABPP

Board Certified (Diplomate) in Counseling Psychology
American Board of Professional Psychology

American Academy of Psychotherapists 

[What is Counseling Psychology?]

Nationally certified in:
Group Psychotherapy

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Dr. Steve K. D. Eichel received his B.A. from Columbia University, and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He has been a licensed psychologist since 1982. After completing a clinical psychology internship at the Devereux Foundation, he worked for six years as a child and family psychologist at the Irving Schwartz Institute for Children & Youth, followed by several years as the director of child and family services for a large urban mental health center in Camden, NJ. He was then appointed consulting forensic psychologist to the Family Court and juvenile justice systems of Camden County (NJ). Returning to Pennsylvania, Dr. Eichel served as Clinical Director of the St. Francis Homes for Boys from 1989-1994, and directed the well-regarded Widener University-affiliated clinical psychology internship there. He also worked as a training consultant to the University of Medicine & Dentistry of NJ and as a family therapist for Community Centered Treatment, a multisystemic family therapy program funded by the Montgomery County (PA) family court and juvenile justice system.

Dr. Eichel was associated with the Verree Psychology Group (formerly Dubrow-Eichel Psychological Associates) in Philadelphia from 1983 to the end of 2006.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Eichel served on the faculty of Villanova University's drug & alcohol counseling program for 10 years and was an Adjunct Professor in the counseling psychology programs at Chestnut Hill College and Arcadia University, where he designed and taught courses on advanced trauma counseling. He is currently an adjunct Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia University. From 2004-06 he was a counselor educator/supervisor and Program Assistant for the CACREP-approved M.S. in Community Counseling program at Wilmington University in Delaware, and he served through 2006 as a Clinical Supervisor and Consulting Psychologist to St. Francis/St. Joseph's Homes for Boys. From 1998-2000, he was President of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Clinical Hypnosis (GPSCH). Dr. Eichel was the 2006-07 President of the American Academy of Counseling Psychology, one of the national academies of advanced practitioners (ABPP diplomates), and is a mentor to future ABPP candidates. He was the 2009-10 Chair of the Council of Presidents of Psychology Specialty Academies. He served on the Delaware Board of Examiners of Psychologists from 2008-12 (and was the Board's Vice President from 2010-12). He has chaired the Psychology & Law Committee of the Delaware Psychological Association since 2006. He was elected President of the Board of the International Cultic Studies Association in 2013. Dr. Eichel has written articles on child therapy, hypnosis, and cults, and has authored three book chapters; he has presented over 200 workshops, papers and panels to local, state, regional and national professional associations.

Dr. Eichel is licensed in the states of Pennsylvania and Delaware, is listed in the National Register of Health Service Psychologists (since 1991), and holds the Certificate of Professional Qualification in Psychology (CPQ) issued by the Association of State & Provincial Psychology Boards. In addition to his psychology practice in Newark, Delaware, he is associated with RETIRN in Newark, Lansdowne and Preston, England, U.K.

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Board Certification
Additional Credentials

Dr. Eichel is President of the Board of the International Cultic Studies Association (formerly the American Family Foundation) and on the Editorial Board of the Cultic Studies Review.







































What it means when your Psychologist is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).

Like all lawfully practicing psychologists, Dr. Steve K. D. Eichel is licensed by state he practices in (Delaware). He also maintains his Pennsylvania license. But in addition to basic licensure, Dr. Eichel has taken the extra step of becoming Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology. He has therefore earned the designation of Board Certified Diplomate in Counseling Psychology, and the right to use the initials "ABPP" after his name and degree.

To become Board Certified, Dr. Eichel first had to meet stringent eligibility criteria, which included appropriate doctoral-level education and a minimum of at least two years of supervised practice in the specialty. Next, he had to submit written and videotaped work samples for peer review. Upon acceptance, the next and final step involved taking and passing an examination administered by the specialty board. To pass this examination, Dr. Eichel had to demonstrate that he can practice the specialty of counseling psychology at an advanced level of competency.

The American Board of Professional Psychology was established with the cooperation of the the American Psychological Association as the premier credentialing agency for psychology practitioners. Since 1947, it has been dedicated to promoting the highest standards of professional training and ethics for those engaged in the delivery of psychological services. Board Certification is considered by the American Psychological Association to be the highest credential that can be earned by a professional psychologist. By seeking and obtaining the ABPP Diploma, Dr. Eichel has taken this voluntary step to assure clients of a commitment to the highest standard of care.

The format of the examination usually involves a "professional conversation" based upon the candidate's work samples; fundamental knowledge expected in the specialty; situational content representative of the specialty; and professional issues/ethical problem solving capacity of the candidate.

Diplomates in the specialty of counseling psychology have been recognized as pioneers and leaders in the delivery of clinical services in mental health, and in vocational and life skills development and counseling, as well as in research. The American Academy of Counseling Psychology (of which Dr. Steve was the President during 2006-07) looks to further ABPP's tradition of leadership in the examination and recognition of excellence in the practice of counseling psychology and the specialty's continuing development as a force within the psychology profession.


























What is the Importance of Proficiency Certifications?

In addition to being licensed as a psychologist, Dr. Eichel is certified to deliver a variety of specific services. Why is this important? What is the purpose of obtaining certifications?

Certification is your guarantee that a therapist has had his/her expertise reviewed and evaluated by a panel of peer experts, and that he/she has been judged as having fulfilled the requirements necessary to practice in a specific area of psychology, psychotherapy or counseling. This does not mean that a therapist who is not certified in a particular area is not competent to deliver a specific service. Certification is a voluntary process; it is generally not a requirement to practice a particular skill. What certification provides is an objective verification of a professional's claim to have specific skills

Most certifications are time-limited, and must be renewed periodically. To renew a certification, your therapist usually has to fulfill continuing education requirements in that specialty area. Therefore, in addition to initially verifying a therapist's skill, certification is your guarantee that your therapist is remaining up-to-date in his/her specialty area by obtaining ongoing training and education.

Dr. Steve is certified in several areas. These include:


Dr. Steve is certified as an Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). "Approved Consultant" is the highest level of certification offered by ASCH; it recognizes individuals who have obtained advanced training in clinical hypnosis and who have extensive experience in utilizing hypnosis within their professional practices. Approved Consultants are qualified to provide individualized training and consultation for those seeking Certification. ASCH is one of only two national hypnosis associations recognized by the International Society of Hypnosis and all major national and international health associations (like the American Medical Association and the American Psychological Association). To become certified as Approved Consultants by ASCH, professionals must show proof of current licensure in their professions, must undergo a formal training process that includes a minimum of 100 hours of workshops, must obtain at least 20 hours of supervision and must have at least 5 years of clinical hypnosis experience. Once certified, the professional must obtain ongoing training to maintain their certification.

Reprocessing Therapy/EMDR

Dr. Steve is certified in Reprocessing Therapy/EMDR (Eye Movement Densitization & Reprocessing) by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). Like ASCH hypnosis certification, EMDR certification requires a set amount of formal (both Level I and Level II) training and supervision. Ongoing training is required to maintain EMDR certification.

Group Psychotherapy

Dr. Steve is certified by the National Registry of Certified Group Psychotherapists (NRCGP), a certification program sponsored by the American Group Psychotherapy Association (AGPA). Steve is also a Clinical Member of the AGPA. To obtain this certification, Steve had to demonstrate that he had supervised experience as well as formal training (coursework and workshops) in group psychotherapy. Ongoing training is required to maintain NRCGP certification.


Dr. Steve is certified by the American Psychological Association College of Professional Psychology (APA-CPP) in the diagnosis and treatment of substance use disorders (drug abuse and addiction). Obtaining this certification required documentation of at least 2 years of experience providing addiction treatment, after which they had to pass a rigorous national exam. In addition, Steve is also certified as a Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Again, ongoing training is required to maintain these certifications.

Sexuality Counseling & Therapy

Founded in 1975, the Society for Sex Therapy and Research (SSTAR) is an international community of professionals who have clinical and/or research interests in human sexual concerns. Its goals are to facilitate communication among those who treat problems of sexual function, sexual identity, and reproductive life and provide a forum for exchange of ideas between researchers and clinicians in human sexuality.

Acknowledging his training and experience in sexuality counseling and therapy, SSTAR has granted Dr. Steve the Full Clinical Membership.

Sexual Offender Assessment & Treatment

Dr. Steve is certified as a Clinically Certified Sex Offender Treatment Specialist by the National Association of Forensic Counselors, and is a Clinical Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers.

Dr. Steve is certified to administer and interpret the Abel Assessment for Sexual Interest (AASI, the "Abel Screen"). The Abel Screen does not rely solely on self-report; it is one of two methods (the other being penile plethysmography) for objectively measuring sexual interest in children, adolescents and certain forms of sexual violence. As of 2012, there were only two screeners/test centers in Delaware certified by the Abel Institute; Dr. Steve Eichel is Abel Test Center # 1913.




















I have a general psychology practice, but over the past 27+ years, with additional training and experience, I have developed a number of specialties. Please click on the topics below for more detailed information:

Clinical Hypnosis
A safe and effective tool for powerful change and increase self-control. We utilize hypnosis in a scientific and ethical manner in which you are always in control. We follow the strict guidelines adopted by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) and the American Psychological Association with regard to working competently with memory-related issues and physical/sexual abuse. Dr. Eichel is an Approved Consultant in Clinical Hypnosis (advanced certification through ASCH) and a past-President of the Greater Philadelphia Society of Clinical Hypnosis.
Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing is a clinically-proven treatment modality for the treatment and resolution of anxieties, phobias and traumas that may not have responded to "traditional" talk therapy. EMDR can be used with adults, adolescents, and children.
Addictions Counseling
We provide a respectful, whole-person, systems-oriented approach to substance abuse, addiction, and behavioral compulsions (e.g., compulsive overeating, sexual compulsivity/addiction, gambling). We help you discover the tools that work best for you to break the chains of addictive behaviors. Both Dr. Steve Eichel and Dr. Dubrow-Marshall are certified in addictions treatment by the APA College of Professional Psychology. Dr. Eichel has taught addictions counseling on the state and national level, and was on the addictions counseling faculty at Villanova University.
Parenting Coordination

In difficult and contentious divorces and partner splits (often referred to as "high conflict" divorces or breakups) there is a growing movement toward the use of "parenting coordination," a process in which both parties enter into a legal agreement (a "stipulation") that has the effect of a Court Order. (Note: Parenting coordination is NOT coparenting counseling.) The parenting coordinator (PC) may engage in some counseling, but is more often involved in actual decision-making. Dr. Steve Eichel is one of the founders of the Parenting Coordination Council of Delaware, which works directly with Family Court. He has been trained as a PC by, and is a member of, the Association for Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC), the premier interdisciplinary association of mental health professionals, attorneys and judges involved in family disputes.

Forensic Psychology

We provide forensic examinations and expert witness testimony in custody matters, and in legal cases involving undue influence, malpractice, and/or psychological injury. Both Drs. Steve Eichel and Linda Dubrow-Marshall have testified in several high-profile cases; Dr. Steve Eichel has worked as a court psychologist for Camden County, NJ and has a broad range of forensic experience. His criminal cases have involved capital (death penalty) crimes, competency (insanity defense), sexual abuse and sex offending.

Child & Adolescent Therapy

Dr. Eichel has developed a reputation for being able to work with difficult and "resistant" children and teenagers. He was the former Clinical Director of the St. Francis Homes for Boys, and has been a trainer of child and adolescent therapists since 1986. He works with children and adolescents in individual and conjoint family therapy.

Therapy for Anxiety, Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia

Dr. Eichel employs accepted behavioral strategies (e.g., in vivo desensitization, EMDR, clinical hypnosis) for individuals suffering from anxiety and panic disorders. Dr. Linda Dubrow-Marshall, Dr. Eichel's consultant who is practicing in the U.K., was trained at the famed Agoraphobia Clinic of Temple University Hospital, and is a Professional Member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America.

Trauma Counseling

Dr. Steve Eichel has significant experience treating children, adolescents and adults who have experienced trauma, including physical, psychological/emotional and sexual abuse. He is especially experienced in treating complex and chronic trauma (individuals who have experience multiple traumas over many years). His strengths-focused, gentle approach to treatment is consistent with empirical research on treatment of trauma and what we know to be "best practice" in this difficult field. Dr. Eichel was instrumental in starting the Trauma Counseling program at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, PA.

Sexuality Counseling & Sex Therapy

Dr. Steve Eichel has treated individuals with sexual disorders and sexual concerns for many years. He is LGBT-friendly. Dr. Eichel is a member of the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors & Therapists (AASECT) and has received training from AASECT-certified sex therapists. He is also a Clinical Member of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA).

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What is Counseling Psychology?

Counseling psychology as a psychological specialty facilitates personal and interpersonal functioning across the life span with a focus on emotional, social, vocational, educational, health-related, developmental, and organizational concerns. Through the integration of theory, research, and practice, and with a sensitivity to multicultural issues, this specialty encompasses a broad range of practices that help people improve their well-being, alleviate distress and maladjustment, resolve crises, and increase their ability to live more highly functioning lives. Counseling psychology is unique in its attention both to normal developmental issues and to problems associated with physical, emotional, and mental disorders. Populations served by Counseling Psychologists include persons of all ages and cultural backgrounds. Examples of those populations would include late adolescents or adults with career/educational concerns and children or adults facing severe personal difficulties. Counseling Psychologists also consult with organizations seeking to enhance their effectiveness or the well-being of their members. Counseling Psychologists adhere to the standards and ethics established by the American Psychological Association.


What Do Counseling Psychologists Do?

Counseling Psychologists participate in a range of activities including teaching, research, psychotherapeutic and counseling practice, career development, assessment, supervision, and consultation. They employ a variety of methods closely tied to theory and re! to help individuals, groups, and organizations function optimally as well as to remediate dysfunction. Interventions may be either brief or long-term; they are often problem-specific and goal-directed. These activities are guided by a philosophy that values individual differences and diversity and a focus on prevention, development, and adjustment across the life span which includes vocational concerns.


Where Do Counseling Psychologist Work?

Counseling Psychologists are employed in a variety of settings depending on the services they provide and the client populations they serve. Some are employed in institutions of higher learning--including counseling centers--as teachers, supervisors, researchers, and service providers. Others are employed in independent practice providing counseling, psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation services to individuals, families, groups, and organizations. Additional settings in which counseling psychologists practice include community mental health centers, Veterans Administration Medical Centers and other medical facilities, family services centers, health maintenance organizations, rehabilitation agencies, business and industrial organizations, and consulting firms.

How Does One Become a Counseling Psychologist?

Most counseling psychology training programs are accredited by the American Psychological Association. The list of accredited programs appears each year in the journal, the American Psychologist. Both accredited and non-accredited training programs are listed in the book, Graduate Study in Psychology. The APA accords accreditation to doctoral programs in counseling psychology that meet certain criteria with respect to faculty, curriculum, facilities, and other considerations. Counseling psychology programs usually are housed in departments of psychology or educational psychology or in colleges of education. Counseling psychology doctoral programs usually require at least four to five years of graduate study, involving coursework and integrated training experiences in a variety of topical areas and professional skills. These include (a) instruction in the core areas of psychology (biological, cognitive/affective, and social bases of behavior; individual differences; history and systems of psychology); specialized instruction in theories of counseling and personality, vocational psychology, human life span development, psychological assessment and evaluation, psychopathology, measurement and statistics, research design, professional ethics, supervision, and consultation; (c) supervised practica focused on the development of counseling, psychotherapy, assessment, and consultation skills; (d) the equivalent of a one year full-time predoctoral internship in professional psychology; and (e) completion of an original psychologically-based dissertation. Entrance to doctoral programs in counseling psychology is competitive and selective; there are far more applicants to the programs than can be admitted. Factors important in the selection process include a bachelor's (and possibly master's) degree earned from an accredited college or university, consistently high college grades, and coursework and/or volunteer or work experience that match the orientation of the particular doctoral program to which one is applying. Scores on standardized scholastic aptitude tests such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) usually are considered as well.


Would You Like to Learn More?

For more information on the training and professional activities of Counseling Psychologists, the following sources can be consulted: The Counseling Psychologist (the official journal of Division 17 [Counseling Psychology] of the American Psychological Association), Journal of Counseling Psychology, (published by the American Psychological Association), the American Psychological Association (Located in Washington, D.C.), and various textbooks on counseling psychology.

Prepared by The Education and Training Committee (Now the Continuing Education and Regional Conferences Committee) of Division 1 7 - Counseling Psychology American Psychological Association

*This brochure was first drafted in 1984. It was revised in 1992, based on the report of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Definition of Counseling Psychology, and again in 1993 and 1994 by the Education and Training Committee and the Executive Board of Division 17.












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