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Top 3 Reasons: “I Don’t Want to go to Therapy.”

Top 3 Reasons: ”I Don’t Want to go to Therapy.” Guest Blogger: Christine Oriani, LCSW I have been a therapist for the past seven years and have had the opportunity to work with clients in a mental health outpatient clinic as well as in a health care center as the behavioral health specialist. While the […]

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Christine’s Perinatal Loss

Christine’s Perinatal Loss We were so naive about what it would be like to expand our family. We didn’t know any couples who had experienced any difficulties having their children. After a few months of trying, the best news came….we were finally pregnant!!!! We were thrilled to tell our families, we just couldn’t wait the […]

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Night Terrors and Children

Guest Blogger: Christine Oriani, LCSW is a clinical therapist with Embrace Therapy with exceptional therapeutic skills working with adults and children. She was recently interviewed on night terrors and children and provided strong therapeutic insight to help parents navigate a potentially emotional charged experience for their child and for the parents. 1. What causes nightmares? […]

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Grace’s Miscarriage

The memory of losing my baby is STILL so strong, I feel paralyzed. I feel defeated. Grace’s miscarriage I have always known that I was called to be a mother. In my quest for a partner, I was intentional to pick someone whom I was able to imagine us having children together… lots of them. […]

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Motherhood Workshop

EMBRACE Therapy Video

Self-Care for Health Care Professionals

About 10 months ago, I wrote a workbook to help doulas process their compassion fatigue or secondary stress trauma symptoms to prevent burnout.  In the introduction, I discussed how empathic identification is the basis to which a doula or any other related professional connects with their clients. Empathic identification is defined as…soaking up into oneself […]

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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 ( ( 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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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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