1. How Depression Works

    So often we see on social media, or hear in movies and TV shows, the overblown and very hyperbolic statement, “[insert innocuous thing here] I’m so depressed now!” More often than not, someone claiming to be “so depressed” in their social media posts is doing so to be purposefully dramatic for effect, when they are not, actually, depressed at all. They may be sad, melancholic, bummed ou…Read More

  2. What is Anxiety Therapy and how can it help me?

    Everyone experiences some level of stress in their daily living, and almost everyone feels anxious from time-to-time. Stress is a physiological arousal response that allows us to be attentive and responsive to situations. Healthy stress is when the brain perceives and interprets real threats that are immediate or in the near future, then engages the mind in problem-solving tasks to eliminate these…Read More

  3. What to expect from Pre-adoption Psychological Evaluations

    Generally, people find it very daunting to visit a psychologist in order to have a psychological evaluation. This fear increases when the couple is planning to adopt a child especially after more than a few unsuccessful attempts to conceive a child of their own. They might be going through severe frustration and dilemma plus are not ready to take any chance that would not allow them to have a chil…Read More

  4. Your Brief Guide to 504 Plan for Anxiety

    Any individual suffering from any type of physical or mental disability can come across several kinds of challenges and hurdles in their daily life. Students spend most of their time at schools or colleges where they are promised a nurturing and healthy learning environment. Therefore, in order to diminish any sort of discrimination and difficulties faced by the students who are not eligible for s…Read More

  5. What is ADHD testing like?

    Many patients often wonder “what is ADHD testing like?” What does a psychologist do when they are testing for ADHD? When you are being evaluated for ADHD, the process generally includes a detailed intake where we discuss your current symptoms, family relationships, educational and career history, and medical history. During the intake, we discuss the test battery that would best evaluate your …Read More

  6. What is IEP Testing?

    IEP (Individual Education Plan) is a term that seems to be getting increasing attention in the news across the country in recent years. If you have a child who has a mental health disorder or a learning disability, you are likely familiar with it already - and if you aren’t, you may want to learn more! The IEP is a system developed for public schools across the United States; it is designed to …Read More

  7. Do you need an Emotional Support Animal letter?

    Do you or someone you love have a psychiatric condition that would benefit from an emotional support animal? The human-animal bond is extremely important to most individuals. Pet ownership is associated with health benefits, including improvements in mental, social, and physiological health status. (The Human-Companion Animal Bond: How Humans Benefit. Friedmann, E.; Son, H. Veterinary Clinics of N…Read More

  8. Is anxiety on the rise in children and teens?

    When I first dove into the realm of private practice about nine years ago, a majority of the referral reasons for the children and adolescents that I worked with included oppositional behaviors, attention problems, and difficulty adjusting to separation or divorce. Slowly over the past few years, I began to notice that a majority of my patient population is diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. I wo…Read More

  9. Panic Attacks: A Primer

    Do you ever get the feeling, like Chicken Little, that the sky is falling and there’s no way to survive? Or maybe you feel a recurring feeling of choking, chest pain, or shortness of breath that comes out of nowhere and goes away just as suddenly. When it comes to panic attacks, you may not even realize that’s what you’re experiencing until you’re in the ER waiting to be seen for symptoms…Read More

  10. What are the symptoms of anxiety in children and how is it treated in therapy?

    For an adult, anxiety symptoms often include excessive worry, restlessness, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, irritability, difficulty sleeping and panic attacks that are often misinterpreted as a heart attack. Anxiety often presents differently in children. Behaviors such as severe tantrums, night terrors, school refusal and avoidance, as well as increased somatic symptoms such as stomachaches, …Read More