Years in Practice

25 years +


Long Branch NJ 07740 - United States



Additional Expertise

Author, Counselor/Therapist, Life Coach, Mentor, Psychotherapist, Speaker/Presenter



I Believe

May you be truly blessed to always glitter with a radiance that shines from deep within you.

About Barbara Becker Holstein

I am the originator of THE ENCHANTED SELF® a positive psychology method for increasing happiness. I've been a positive psychologist in private practice and licensed in the states of New Jersey and Massachusetts since 1981. I am in private practice in Long Branch, New Jersey with my husband, Dr. Russell M. Holstein.

The magic of the human spirit, with its capacity for survival, growth and joy, intrigues me. I am especially interested in how women can overcome obstacles and difficulties and end up leading happy, productive lives.

I've been teaching girls and women how to access their potential, have fun, feel fulfilled and happy for many years. There are many ways to access your Enchanted Selves, i.e., the best and happiest parts of yourself. I explain a lot about how we get to our most magical, fun, energetic parts of ourselves in two books I have written - THE ENCHANTED SELF, A Positive Therapy and Seven Gateways to Happiness: Freeing Your Enchanted Self.  

I've also written fiction. My fast paced fiction novel Around Every Corner, Romance & Mystery... (Also titled Next Year in Jerusalem), will take you on a  roller-coaster ride of romance, mystery, intrigue and travel that will entertain you while giving you some food for thought about life, falling in love, decisions, etc.

My two books of fiction for girls are The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween and Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen. These books are full of challenges that face just about all of us as we move into our teen years. A first crush, family problems, having to move, loss of a best friend, sibling issues, parents not communicating, bullying, moods, angst of puberty. You will find all of it in these two books, plus discussion questions in the back to help you and your daughter communicate more fully.

I've written other books and you can find them on Amazon on my author's page.

I also have written and produced a play, 'The Locket' based on my book The Truth and a short film, 'The Truth, A Short Film'. I am now working on a second film based on Secrets.

I can be reached at 732-571-1200; or mailto:drbarbara@enchantedself.com.

Find me:

At my websites:  Finding Happiness . . . Again!, Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein, The Truth for Girls, The Truth, Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein - Next Year in Jerusalem, and Next Year in Jerusalem.

You Tube: Barbara Becker Holstein

Facebook: Dr. Barbara Becker Holstein-Psychologist & Author

Twitter: @DrBHolstein and @truth4girls

Barbara Becker Holstein Success Stories

'The Locket', a play, on Broadway May 20, 2015

As a positive psychologist and author it is very exciting to now be a playwright.   'The Locket' just had its third staged reading, this time at the Dramatist Guild on Broadway!  Yes, there I was on Broadway!  The four actors were great: Ashley Griffen, Cassidy Terracciano, Shereen Hickman and Chris Kateff.  Once again I was able to bring the Girl to life, with the help of a great director, Bob Angelini.  The girl, I believe represents all of us.  This time she came to life via the development of a play.more

In the last few years she appeared in several versions of The Truth, the most popular being The Truth, I'm a girl, I'm smart and I know everything.  More recently she appeared in a new updated version of The Truth, published by Sky Pony Press and now called The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween. 

Who is she?  Perhaps you can best answer that if you read The Truth or go to You Tube and see some of my clips from the play versions.  For starters, I believe she holds within her a lot of stuff that is in all of us.  She's up, she's down, she's inventive, she's fun.  She figures stuff out, but people can disappoint her.  She falls in love.  Love disappoints her.  Her parents bother her.  They fight. 

But let me stop here.  For more information go to www.drbholstein.com and also https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPTZ1Vhb5Vl5p0lCCoOxyjQ

Now Dr. Holstein is a Film maker!

I've been in private practice for over 30 years.  Also a school psychologist and a teacher.  What I've just become I've been doing for just a short while, but the origins of becoming both a filmmaker and a playwright go back to childhood.  Here's a short list of some of the components: avid reader of girl's books and the Classics; faithfully kept a diary since the fourth grade; my mother was a great storyteller; I was encouraged to think out of the box by both parents for solutions and my schoolwork; my mother encouraged me to remember and share my nighttime dreams; I was alone a lot and found ways of giving myself pleasure included reading the next chapter in a book or going on a bike ride; I always wanted to travel and meet people.  So how does all this add up?  A magic mixture that finally got stirred enough to emerge from its cacoon as 'The Locket' a play, with its first production last March at the Grange Playhouse in Howell, New Jersey and as two films.  The play stared Megan Brown , who then agreed to be in my second film as the 'girl'.more

The first film, 'The Truth' was completed December 2015.  Caddidy Terracciano was the star.  I actually made two versions, a 16 minute version and a 2 minute version.  More can be found out at my website for my films: www.newshortfilmthetruth.com.  I will just mention that the concept of Selfies is at athe core of each film. So far, both the short and long versions have been accepted at a total of 5 Film Festivals.  The second film, in production now is 'Secrets'.  Megan Brown stars in this film. Both books are based on two of my books: The Truth, Diary of a Gutsy Tween, and Secrets, Diary of a Gutsy Teen.  However, they are both way out of the box in where they are going compared to the books! Look for more follow-ups!

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