"His approach to understanding concepts by simplifying and applying real-life examples was beneficial during my process" - Joyce

Joyce M. Rickenbrode, MA, PsyD

While studying for the EPPP, I decided to enhance my studying by tutoring with Steve. His approach to understanding concepts by simplifying and applying real-life examples was beneficial during my process. Steve also encouraged me to alter my mindset from studying for an exam to a perspective of enhancing my skillset as a Clinician. Once I began studying differently and applied real-life examples to understand rather than memorize, a shift happened. Studying felt less anxiety-provoking and more like a process to strengthen my professional acumen. As a result, I enhanced the mental flexibility to conceptualize and understand concepts from multiple angles, increasing my confidence and strengthening my clinical vocabulary. I began thinking and conceptualizing outside of the domain silos, and my clinical lens broadened. This is exactly what I needed for mastery, which is exactly what the exam tests for. Studying with Steve was an important component to passing, and during the process, I also made a lifelong friend and colleague. I am truly grateful.

"Attending his group tutoring sessions via zoom allowed me to learn the material from a different perspective through the use of his rhymes, mnemonics, and clear explanations." - Karlene Gacita

Karlene Gacita

Dr. Steve was highly recommended to me after two unsuccessful attempts. His practical techniques and fun tips help you encode, retrieve, and most importantly understand the material. My EPPP journey began in December 2019 when I relocated states right before COVID hit. I experienced multiple test cancellations due to COVID, the loss of multiple loved ones, and many health challenges that set me back in my studies. Working full time completing my postdoctoral fellowship I organized my time wisely to study. Attending his group tutoring sessions via zoom allowed me to learn the material from a different perspective through the use of his rhymes, mnemonics, and clear explanations. Thank you Dr. Steve for your support and guidance through this process and as the saying goes third time was a charm! - Karlene Gacita

"Not only is he a terrific teacher, he gets you to understand yourself, motivates you to succeed, normalizes the test and test materials, and helps reduce your anxiety so that it no longer works against you" - Dr. Jessica Mlecz

Dr. Jessica Mlecz

"We will all fail at something at some point in our lives. The trick is to fail gracefully and accept the fact that it is in our failures that we truly learn what it means to be human. My back story started in 2013 when I made the bold decision to get my Master in Counseling Psychology which then turned into a Doctorate in May of 2018. In September 2020, I made my first attempt to pass the EPPP during the worst possible time i.e., COVID-19. I had all the books, CDs, and on-line prep materials I could possibly afford, but I didn't have a game plan or anyone to hold me accountable except myself. And it was because of that, and the fact that I was working full time as a psychologist (as well as a full time wife and mother), that I failed the EPPP. It was profoundly humbling and deeply disappointing, but I knew I had to get back on the bike (so to speak) and this is where Dr. Steve Haran, EPPP tutor, came into my life. Dr. Haran is one part tutor, one part coach, one part psychologist, and most of all, one part friend and colleague. He knows the EPPP like the back of his hand, and created an individual game plan best suited to my needs, lifestyle and study habits. Not only is he a terrific teacher, he gets you to understand yourself, motivates you to succeed, normalizes the test and test materials, and helps reduce your anxiety so that it no longer works against you. Thanks to Dr. Haran and the hard work we did together, I recently passed the EPPP. With failure came success, and the lessons I learned along the way will no doubt make me a better psychologist." - Dr. Jessica Mlecz

"I honestly would have not passed the E-PPP without Dr. Steve’s services, strategies, guidance, support and most of all he motivated me to push myself beyond my comfort zone… and it worked" - Sue

Sue

Prior to meeting Dr. Steve, I was 16 months in studying for the E-PPP and 4 failed attempts. My lowest score was 460 and my highest score was 477. I decided to call Dr. Haran on my way back from my 4th E-PPP failed attempt. I was very upset that I failed for the 4th time and I was so devastated. After speaking to him, I immediately enrolled in his next group session and then within one month started individual sessions with him. I found Dr. Haran, to be very straightforward and to the point, kind of like a professor from graduate school that you wouldn’t mess with. His teaching style was very unique and customized to the learner. Dr. Haran, knew that I had mild learning disability and the comprehension process of large amounts of texts was the most difficult for me. So he really went slow with me during every individual session I had with him. Let me tell you… I learned concepts that I would never forget and the dam examples are still in my head! He made concepts personable and easy to remember. He would use examples from my hometown in Jersey and those examples stayed with me. Dr. Haran would explain complex E-PPP topics in a very simple way and this is why he is a talented E-PPP test consultant! Every time I attended his groups or individual sessions, I would make a flashcard and add the example that he just taught. I also created a master Dr. Steve book with all his notes, charts, and timelines. The key to the exam is not only understanding and memorizing but also applying examples and then remembering those examples at the exam. Also, I was the most consistent when I started studying with Dr. Steve, I consistently studied 8 months straight, almost every single day. So overall, I spent 8 months attending groups and individual E-PPP sessions. During my journey with him, he also helped me start two study groups and I studied with other E-PPP students that were also attending his E-PPP groups. I found that when studying with others, it reinforced what we all just learned in group that day. In conclusion, I passed the E-PPP on May 4th, 2021 and this was the happiest day in my career. I honestly would have not passed the E-PPP without Dr. Steve’s services, strategies, guidance, support and most of all he motivated me to push myself beyond my comfort zone… and it worked!”
All the best, Sue

"I am grateful to Dr.Haran who helped me get past the last step in my career and I would recommend anyone who needs that last push to work with him" - Anonymous, Psy.D.

Anonymous Psy.D.

My journey to passing the EPPP lasted 7 years and 7 attempts. I worked with Dr. Haran on my last and final attempt. Working with him helped me verify my understanding and find new ways to consolidate information for mastery not just recall. He also advised to see a psychiatrist to honestly look at attention problems that I had ignored for years. I followed his advice, started medication and got extended time on the exam. He was also deeply committed in my success after passing the EPPP. He provided help with other professional development hurdles. I am grateful to Dr.Haran who helped me get past the last step in my career and I would recommend anyone who needs that last push to work with him”.

Anonymous Psy.D.

"I am grateful to Dr.Haran who helped me get past the last step in my career and I would recommend anyone who needs that last push to work with him" - Anonymous, Psy.D.

Anonymous Psy.D.

My journey to passing the EPPP lasted 7 years and 7 attempts. I worked with Dr. Haran on my last and final attempt. Working with him helped me verify my understanding and find new ways to consolidate information for mastery not just recall. He also advised to see a psychiatrist to honestly look at attention problems that I had ignored for years. I followed his advice, started medication and got extended time on the exam. He was also deeply committed in my success after passing the EPPP. He provided help with other professional development hurdles. I am grateful to Dr.Haran who helped me get past the last step in my career and I would recommend anyone who needs that last push to work with him”.

Anonymous Psy.D.

"Dr. Steve is --Determined. Confrontative. Insightful. Hardworking. Knowledgeable. Real. This study process is intense, but if I had to do this again, it would be with Dr. Steve" - Dr. Boards

DR. TIFFANY BOARDS

I began tutoring with Dr. Steve Haran in October 2019. I passed the EPPP in February 2021 with a 236-point difference from the first time that I took the exam independent of tutoring with Dr. Steve. I remember the first call I had with him, in which he took the time to understand me as a student and a person, but most importantly, I remember him ending the call stating, “You will pass the EPPP.” My perseverance and hard work combined with Dr. Steve’s knowledge and the pride that he takes in his work was a recipe for success.
I approached my sessions with Dr. Steve as a course in the EPPP. During my study journey, I had competing life obligations that included homeschooling my children, teaching as a professor and running a private practice. Dr. Steve encouraged me to stay on track with my studying and his homework assignments, and when he saw me moving away from my weekly goals, he confronted me about getting back on track stating, “Tiffany, I don’t want to be doing this with you five years from now.” I admire that Dr. Steve was not afraid to place some fire under me, as it demonstrated that he genuinely cared about my wellbeing as I moved through the study process. Dr. Steve’s wellness checks included inquiries about my experiences with anxiety /attention difficulties and helping me to effectively manage these challenges so it would not interfere with the information that I needed to retain.
Dr. Steve knows how to confront when needed, he is aware of the importance of mental wellbeing during the study course, and most importantly, he is truly knowledgeable about the content in the EPPP. He spends time looking up additional information that is applicable to the exam and attends educational seminars and conferences to enhance his knowledge. I most enjoyed his original ways of remembering the terms and receiving supplementary information on research beyond the study materials to encourage me to think about the concepts on the EPPP. I appreciate Dr. Steve’s ability to help me understand that I needed to look past just memorization of the facts, but in addition to have a deeper understanding of how to integrate the concepts.

In summary, Dr. Steve is --Determined. Confrontative. Insightful. Hardworking. Knowledgeable. Real. This study process is intense, but if I had to do this again, it would be with Dr. Steve because I spent years of studying on my own, and it was not until I had the “Dr. Steve Experience” that I could finally gain an understanding of many of the terms that were difficult for me prior to working with him. His ability to break down the information is amazing—he truly is amazing, and it is an honor to recommend my tutor, my coach, my friend to assist others with passing the EPPP. - DR. TIFFANY BOARDS

" If you are looking for a tutor and someone to help you pass this test once and for all, call Steve. I wouldn’t have passed without him." - Shari Dobrusin

Shari Dobrusin

I want to whole heartedly recommend Dr. Steve Haran as an EPPP tutor. I struggled for many years to pass this test and not until I worked with Steve did I feel the support and structure I needed to succeed.
Steve will teach you the material in a way that is relatable and understandable. Steve’s other gift is that he will guide you to look at what has been holding you back. Everyone comes to this exam with a different set of circumstances and with Steve’s support I was able to look at my past attempts and get real with myself in terms of what it was going to take for me to pass. If you are looking for a tutor and someone to help you pass this test once and for all, call Steve. I wouldn’t have passed without him.
Shari Dobrusin

"Dr. Haran helped me develop a strategy on how to approach the EPPP questions and related anxiety" - Christin H.

Christin H.

I worked with Dr. Haran for approximately 2.5 months and was able to increase my score significantly. His groups, as well as working with him one-on-one, were helpful in gaining a deeper understanding of the material and making connections. In addition to the support with the content, Dr. Haran helped me develop a strategy on how to approach the EPPP questions and related anxiety. I highly recommend working with him! In retrospect, this wasn’t just an investment to pass the EPPP, but it was also an investment in myself as I expanded my knowledge immensely. Christin H.

"Admittedly I was nervous to talk about my failure but he was kind, empathic, genuine, and really seemed to know his sh*t." Nina Carry, MA, LLP

Nina Carry, MA, LLP

I came across Dr. Haran's name when I was studying for the EPPP (the first time). One of my friends had worked with him and said how great he was. I had done really well in grad school (4.0 student) and thought, Nah, I'm good, I don't need any help with this, and discarded his phone number. Fast forward to my failure on that first try. Ouch, that was a very humbling experience. I had shared my sad experience with an EPPP Facebook group that I was in and I was once again urged to contact Dr. Haran. I decided it couldn't hurt. I called Dr. Steve. He was swift to respond and we set up a phone consult. Admittedly I was nervous to talk about my failure but he was kind, empathic, genuine, and really seemed to know his sh*t. I set up a couple of individual tutoring sessions as well as jumped into the weekend Zoom group sessions. I learned more in a few sessions with Dr. Steve than I had learned in months of studying. Very quickly I had a new strategy that was motivating and helped me to feel much more confident and secure in how I was approaching the test this second time. I am so happy and proud to announce that I passed on my second try with my score jumping up 150 points. Thank you so much, Dr. Steve, I am grateful for your expertise and support in helping me get to the other side.

Nina Carry, MA, LLP

"Steve is a great tutor and a mentor, and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to help me in this journey." - Lilit Asulyan, Psy.D.

Lilit Asulyan, Psy.D.

Before I met Steve, I had been studying and failing the EPPP on my own for close to ten years. I followed the advice of everyone around me and could not understand why I was failing. I failed several times and blamed it mostly on anxiety and English as my second language. I met Steve in 2018 and have been studying with him ever since. With his help, we were finally able to figure out that it was not my anxiety or English, it was that I did not know the material as well as I thought I did. I had been studying the wrong way for close to ten years. With Steve’s help, I was able to really fine tune my studying and really get to the bottom of my knowledge base. He had many heart to heart’s with me regarding being honest with myself. He was always very straight with me and did not sugar coat anything, which I needed that. I worked with him individually and in groups weekly. The groups helped a lot, but what pushed me to pass was the individual sessions. He tailored each week’s study sessions with me to what I needed. He has the most creative ways of remembering things and helped me make connections. He encouraged me to trust my gut and have confidence. He was more than a tutor for me. He helped me build my confidence back up after failing several times which helped me pass this time around. I cannot thank Steve enough. He has been a tremendous help and without him, I would have continued to study the way I was all those years and fail over and over again. He is a great tutor and a mentor, and I couldn’t have asked for a better person to help me in this journey.

Lilit Asulyan, Psy.D.

"Our meeting gave me confidence that I could extract the information out of my brain as I was taking the test."

Celine McNelis-Kline

I wanted to thank you again for your assistance through my study process to master EPPP content. Your online workshops were helpful to understand how all the content domains overlap and how questions can represent multiple content areas at one time. It also helped me to know what I needed to delve deeper into which is what I did.

Also, meeting with you personally in a coaching session was really instrumental to my success. Our meeting gave me confidence that I could extract the information out of my brain as I was taking the test. It helped me trust my knowledge and intellect. I cannot thank you enough. It is important to be around positive people when going through this process and you were one of those people for me.

Celine McNelis-Kline