Pamela Garber earned her Master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas. She has a strong background in helping clients to successfully work through Family of Origin issues, Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Addictive Behaviours, Eating Disorders and Career Counselling. My clients often benefit from using a notebook during sessions as a means of tracking how they are applying work done in therapy to challenging situations.

The interview starts with these questions:
Pamela Garber:

My name is Pamela Garber and I’m in private practice. I have a Psychotherapy practice in mid-town Manhattan. I’m pretty eclectic in my practice seeing people mostly in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s feeling depression and anxiety and actually dealing with a lot of work issues and stress also combined with lack of social support.

Ciaran Connolly:

Wow. Excellent and of course our focus is on anti-bullying and bullying. Do you mind if I ask you: do you think bullying is a big issue today as it was in the past or has it improved that our thing is changing?

Pamela Garber:

You know on the one hand, it’s hard to say because as far as the volume because things are so much more talked about now. It’s possible that it existed along the same line in the same levels in the past but things just communicated much more rapidly and thoroughly now so it’s just on the forefront in that level. I do think though that the intensity of it has definitely increased, whether the volume of it has or not independent of that, the level of bullying and the stakes are much higher and the level much more intense.

Cyber Bullying

Ciaran Connolly:

Excellent and do you see a difference in how it happens today? Of course, now we have social media and smart phones and so much technology?

Pamela Garber:

Definitely. The other thing is, with all of that I see that it happens in venues where you wouldn’t expect it. It would be one thing for bullying to take place on a social level outside of work but now it’s become the norm for office politics and it has taken place with people at the level where it’s not age appropriate. They are behaving like reality TV character in places where you wouldn’t expect this to be the norm from government to corporations.

Workplace Bullying

Ciaran Connolly:

It’s the first time I have heard it described like that. So, it’s actually really becoming a problem for adults as well in corporations?

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