How can I make time in my busy schedule for ongoing therapy or an evaluation for myself, my child or my family? This is a question that I am often asked as a psychologist at Dr. Angela Reiter & Associates in Eastchester, NY. Yes, it does require a commitment, as well as time and money, to begin a path towards improvement. But also ask yourself whether continuing to struggle with anxiety, depression, learning difficulties, or relationships is the direction you want yourself or your children to continue down. Feeling a sense of achievement, positivity, renewed closeness and working towards goals is worth the time and effort that therapy or psychological testing entails. Therapy often only requires about one to one ½ hours of your time a week (including the commute). Scheduling a regular day and time for therapy can quickly become a small, but extremely beneficial, part of your week. We also offer teletherapy sessions for those who have very little time and need to squeeze therapy in during a lunch break or on a weekend.
CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) is a research-proven method to reduce anxiety, improve mood, and learn time management and organizational skills. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can teach you, your child, or any other family members how to thoroughly examine your cognitions (thoughts) and behaviors. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy assists the individual in figuring out faulty thought patterns that can often be negative in nature and lead to decisions and behaviors that increase anxiety, negative interpersonal relationships and sad mood. In working with individuals with anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can target the anxiety-provoking thoughts and assist you in challenging or reframing them and then you are one step closer to reducing anxiety and achieving the goals that you want to reach. For example, if you are fearful of flying, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and graded exposure therapy can gradually assist you in overcoming this fear. Mindfulness therapy techniques can also drastically reduce anxiety, improve mood and reduce stress by learning ways to be in the “present” instead of dwelling on the past or future “what-ifs?” Mindfulness teaches you how to accept all emotions, allow them to occur, but not dwelling or feeling ashamed of them.
Individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) tend to catastrophize or overgeneralize more than others, which can lead to anxiety, depressive symptoms, or interpersonal conflict as well as setbacks in accomplishing goals. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can also improve symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by teaching the individual how to recognize negative thought patterns and change their decision making process. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can also assist with time management, procrastination, and organizational skills. Individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder tend to be night owls, often have difficulty waking in the morning (take longer to get started) and after putting their full focus and energy during the day on work and school may need transitional down time at the end of the day. Therapy can help you discover the most effective and productive schedule and thereby reduce procrastination, mistakes, and forgetfulness. Psychological testing can assist in an accurate diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to assist with treatment.
Family counseling can assist with reducing conflict and improving communication and relationships. Often times, when a child or parent is experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, it can affect the entire family. Family counseling can help the entire family feel close again. The investment into yourself and/or your children or family is well worth the time! Take the first step and contact Dr. Angela Reiter & Associates in Eastchester, NY today.