Category: Individual Therapy

How Do I Manage My Anxiety?

What You FEED Will Grow! Anxiety is a mental health disorder that is characterized by feelings of being overwhelmed with worry, fear, uneasiness or panic about the present or the future. These symptoms can be debilitating and can interfere with one’s ability to lead a healthy life. In my private practice, I have noticed an […]

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Are you Having Difficulty Communicating with Your Loved One?

A Quick Survey of your Communication Experiences Do you feel relief at the end of the conversation?◊ Yes    ◊No Do you feel that your feelings were validated?◊Yes    ◊No Have you had a conversation with someone and didn’t feel like your were heard/validated?◊Yes    ◊No Have you had a conversation and at the end you […]

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A Mother’s Transformative Story of Healing

Guest Blogger I met this powerful warrior mom, a bereavement doula at the Stillbirthday -2016 Homecoming conference, Kearney, Missouri (www.stillbirthday). I had an abortion in 1988 when I was 17.  I lived in a small town, my parents Was well known and they knew everyone.  The day I found out I was pregnant in the […]

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Why Do I Need Psychotherapy to Treat my Postpartum Depression?

Guest Blogger: Meedlen Charles, MD.  Dr Charles is board certified in general Obstetrics and Gynecology with Westchester Medical Practice- New York Presbyterian Medical Group Hudson Valley (http://wmpny.com/obgyn.asp) (http://www.hvhc.org/patient-service/maternity-fair/westchester-ob-gyn.html) She manages normal as well as high risk obstetrics complicated by hypertension, gestational diabetes, twin pregnancies. She is interested in VBAC, water births (first delivery at Hudson […]

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Book Review on Doula Revolution: Transforming your Mind, Body and Soul.

Guest Blogger: N. Smith, a mother and warrior mom who survived postpartum depression. I’m a 35 year old mother of three beautiful children.  After the birth of my  third child, I struggled with postpartum depression, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia and to make matters worse, my doctor found a lump in my left breast. Although I sought […]

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I Have Always Known that I Wanted to be a Mother

I have always known that I wanted to be a mother. I remember as a little girl, I would play with my dolls pretending to be their mother and the role seemed so fitting. My vision of what my journey would look like came to a screeching halt when I started facing unforeseen complications in […]

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Navigating the Journey of Infertility

When unexpectedly faced with the sting of infertility, would be parents experience an in acknowledged trauma that leaves them feeling not only frustrated and angry, but sad, frightened, confused, guilty, overwhelmed, and out of control.       -Unsung Lallabies I have always known that I wanted to have my own family one day. When we […]

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“Nervous Breakdown” Was How Postpartum Depression was Described in the 1930’s

Recently, I heard a heart wrenching story from an 80 year old grandmother who shared her story about having a “nervous breakdown” when she answered the question, do you have a history of depression? We discussed how the world has defined “nervous breakdowns” after the birth of a baby. I helped her to redefine her […]

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Progressive Muscle Relaxation Technique

Having anxiety symptoms can be debilitating and may limit someone from interacting in their environment. The root of anxiety is often related to one’s family of origin. To reduce symptoms of anxiety is to increase one’s awareness of their experience and actively apply cognitive behavior techniques to manage symptoms. Traditional or alternative medicine both agree […]

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When your Best Does Not Seem to Be Enough

When your best does not seem to be enough. When one is in the depth of despair, their perspective of their world is often skewed. Limited perception is fueled by unrealistic expectations, frequent worries, emotional numbness and feelings hopelessness and worthlessness. I often question my patients’ tunnel vision and encourage them to have a full […]

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