Psychologist in private practice in New Jersey for over 30 years. Specialties are Positive Psychology and Women's Issues. Became a Filmmaker two years ago after also becoming an author and playwright. Film making was the natural progression to continue to bring to the public important issues in development and self-esteem that particularly pertain to women. Coming of Age is one of the most important hurdles that a woman faces, filled with the issues of leaving childhood behind, the storm of the hormones and finding a place for oneself in society that is healthy, productive and fulfilling for whoever the young woman is becoming.
"As a psychologist, I know the purging or ranting of thoughts and feelings, whether speaking to a friend, talking to a therapist, talking to yourself in the car, writing a letter to a deceased relative or keeping a diary, are usually beneficial," Dr. Holstein stated. "It helps us to get rid of excess emotions and worries that interrupt living."
"The question is: how do we do this in ways that fit our current society? Certainly shooting others because of feelings of rage is not a solution. On the other end of the spectrum, keeping a journal can help. But let's not forget what sits in most of our pockets in today's world - the smart phone. What can we do with it? Play games, read the news, chat, watch films, buy a new pair of shoes or a refrigerator. And we can make a Selfie. Believe it or not, there is a lot of power in that."
"What is 'The Selfie Project'? It is encouraging kids, tweens and teens to express themselves with Selfies, whether to vent and share feeling and concerns about their lives, our culture, etc,. or to make art in the form of filmmaking. I see Selfies as a form of therapy as well as a form of art with real merit."
"In my project kids are encouraged to talk via a Selfie about a topic on their minds. They come together with me and other experts on my Podcast show, 'The Selfie Project'. This film is a Pilot show for 'The Selfies Project' becoming a weekly series on TV or a web series. Thus Selfies become one more means of creating a therapeutic, helpful and constructive environment for kids, tweens and teens."