About Dr. Langen

About Dr. Langen


Dr. Langen graduated from the University of Illinois in 1971 with a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology. He worked at Temple University Counseling Center offering individual and group therapy with Temple students.

He next worked at De La Salle in Towne, an alternative high school and treatment program for delinquent boys in Philadelphia. He then moved to Western New York where he worked as Supervising Psychologist at Genesee County Mental Health Services in Batavia, specializing in treatment of teens and alcoholics.

At DePaul Mental Health in Rochester he held the position of Chief Psychologist and Child and Adolescent Team Leader, offering individual, family and group counseling. He also participated in the Child Abuse Treatment Program.

He then entered private practice, offering individual and family therapy with children, teens and adults which he conducted in Williamsville NY and Batavia NY.

He began writing a newsletter for his private practice on commonsense wisdom topics. In 2000, he switched to a biweekly newspaper column which he continues to publish online as Sliding Otter Newsletter, available by free subscription at www.slidingotter.com/sign-up-for-free-newsletter/

Dr Langen, also known as Joe, is a retired psychologist. He worked for 35 years with children, teens, adults and seniors helping them with all sorts of challenges in their lives.

He has also published nine books available in paperback and e-book formats through Amazon. See more about him and his writing on his website at http://www.slidingotter.com.

Dr. Langen’s Books:

Commonsense Wisdom for Everyday Life is a collections of meditations an reflections on everyday occurrences.


Navigating Life: Commonsense Reflections for the Voyage is a second, more recent,  collection of reflections on life issues, further enhanced by practical steps to take toward a more meaningful life.


Young Man of the Cloth is a memoir of his life adventures and challenges during his nine years in the seminary and monastery.


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The Pastor’s Inferno
is a novel about a sexually abusive priest and his journey toward redemption for his life.


Release_Your_Stress__Cover_for_KindleRelease Your Stress and Reclaim Your Life is a self-help book explaining the nature of stress, where it comes from and what we can do about it.



Make the Best of Your Teen Years: 105 Ways to Do It is a self-help book for teens based on interviews with rural and urban teens.


From Violence to Peace Helps you understand the roots of violence, its expression in our lives and how to deal with it in your search for peace.


How to Transform Your Anger and Find Peace  explains what anger is, where it comes from and what to do about it.


STRESS BRIEFLY NOTED by [Langen, Joseph]

Stress Briefly Noted is a FREE abridged ebook version of  Release Your Stress and Reclaim Your Life. It presents a nuts and bolts summary of the nature of stress, where it comes from and what to do about it.

Dr. Langen also maintains several blogs:

Chats with My Muse is a dialog with Dr. Langen’s muse about the writing process. Join their discussion of the adventures and challenges of the writing life.

Make the Best of Your Teen Years presents articles on the challenges of adolescence and how to face them.

 Release Your Stress and Reclaim Your Life, presents articles on stress, how it affects you, and what to do about it.

Rethinking Violence presents ways to understand and cope with violence.

Anger In America  presents articles helping to understand and face anger, you own and that of others.

Contact Dr. Langen at jglangen@gmail.com.

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