About Dr. Langen and His Books

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. He now maintains two blogs. One is Chats with my Muse, articles and book reviews about the human condition. The other is Joe’s Political Blog. This blog consists of Dr. Langen’s articles, guest articles, and book reviews of books with a political bent.

He has also published a variety of books available in paperback and e-book formats through Amazon. See more about him and his writing below.

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.


Pastor's Inferno Cover
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 an 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. Available in Ebook format from Amazon for $0.99.


What To Do About Violence by [Joseph Langen]

What To Do About Violence is a brief e-book about the nature of violence and how to approach it on personal, family, community and government levels. Available from Amazon in Ebook format for $0.99. 


Conversations with My Muse: A Year with Calliope by [Joseph Langen]

Conversations with My Muse: A Year with Calliope 

This account is based on my blog record throughout 2008. It tracks the events of my daily writing life and Calliope’s influence on it. I have often been asked what it is like to write full time. Some writers love their muses, some wrestle with them. Mine has always been at the ready with the exception of one brief hiatus noted above for which I take responsibility. Available in Ebook format from Amazon for $0.99.

Dr. Langen also maintains two blogs:

Chats with My Muse is a dialog with Dr. Langen’s muse about writing, book reviews, observations of life today and guest posts.

Joe’s Political Blog is a collection of original articles, guest posts and book reviews of a political nature.

Contact Dr. Langen at jglangen@gmail.com.

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