Howard Schwartz has been a clinical psychologist for over thirty years, having founded The Applied Learning Center in 1982, where he serves as the Director. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Honors Psychology at McGill University in 1976 and received his Masters in Applied Clinical Psychology at Concordia University in 1982. He has been a consulting and treating psychologist for the Children's Care Center for over fifteen years,
Howard has extensive experience with children, adolescents and families who suffer from anxiety, depression, school and behavioral difficulties as well as many other issues that affect the individual's or family's quality of life. He uses a pragmatic, cognitively based therapy, confronting the symptoms directly and devising strategies to learn how to overcome previously existing difficulties.
Howard has also had over twenty-five years working with elite and professional athletes and teams in various sports, helping them develop effective strategies to increase their focus and performance. Using current cognitive strategies, the athletes develop techniques to “block out” thoughts and emotions that interfere with and compromise their performance. He teaches them to focus on how to perform their athletic “job” to the best of their athletic abilities, which invariably has a positive effect on the desired outcome.
Regardless of the issues that one encounters, the chances of success are directly related to how the individual feels while in therapy. Howard stresses the creation of a warm, nurturing environment in which to work. He does not believe in the “No Pain-No Gain” theory; rather, he believes that self-esteem and confidence-building are essential elements of the process of working through most difficulties as well as creating realistic, positive and long-term solutions.
If you would like to have more information about Howard, visit his center's website appliedlearningcenter.com, or contact him directly at 514-944-2294.