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  • Safe and Private Telehealth

    With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to impact everyone’s daily life, more and more people are coming to therapy to seek coping strategies and stress management. Depending upon where you are living in the world, things might be starting to open up or are shutting down due to an outbreak of Covid-19. If you are feeling…

  • Telehealth for New Jersey

    With the latest social distancing mandates in effect, anxiety levels are high and people are understandably concerned about how to not only stay healthy and safe from the corona virus (COVID-19), but also how to manage their anxiety. As President Trump stated in one of his press conferences (see Telehealth in Fight Against Coronavirus) ,…

  • Living Abroad and Stress 

    If you are travelling or living abroad, maybe for business or school, you are likely familiar with the ups and downs of living outside of your home culture and country. On one hand, it can be the experience of a lifetime–learning a foreign language, becoming comfortable with the cultural norms of the country, making new…

  • Teletherapy is as Effective as Face-to-Face Therapy 

    Studies show that therapy conducted over the phone or by video is as effective as having an office visit. One study found that teletherapy for teens with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) was as effective as face-to-face therapy. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) provided through phone or video has been found as helpful as in person, face-to-face treatment…

  • Music and Stress

    Everyone likes music, but did you know that music is actually good for you? Good for the listener, good for the composer, and good for the performer. Studies show that listening to music lowers blood pressure, decreases anxiety before a medical procedure or surgery, and lowers stress levels. Mozart, in particular was found to work…

  • Sound Therapy? Healing Sound or Noise?

    Living in noisy New Jersey, we are exposed to a lot of sound-some of which is noise. But what about sound that is healing? Music can be very therapeutic and healing. Studies show that listening to Mozart can be as effective as a benzodiazepine before surgery. Tibetan Singing Bowls are an example of a very…

  • Stress Management Starts With Re-Learning How to Breathe

    While there are many tools and techniques I teach patients in stress management, the most important one is the simplest and basic: how to breathe. We start with the mechanics of healthy breathing and then incorporate mindfulness training. It is a very effective combination. With some additional tools and techniques (Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and Narrative Therapy…

  • Indoor Plants & Flowers to Help You Feel Better

    A column in the New York Times mentioned some of the health benefits of having plants and flowers in indoor environments. As long as you are not allergic, plants and flowers help foster a more positive and upbeat mood. If you are allergic, maybe cacti, which do flower beautifully on a sunny windowsill, could be…

  • Mozart for Anxiety? Music vs Anti-Anxiety Medication

    I often tell patients to put together a playlist of uplifting, favorite music that they can listen to when feeling down or anxious. A ground-breaking study has shown that music is BETTER than benzodiazepines at reducing anxiety. An added bonus is that unlike benzodiazepines there are no side effects to listening to music and it…

  • Lower Your Anxiety By Looking at Positive Images

    If you suffer from anxiety, you may be interested in hearing about a study conducted at the University of Exeter on the effects of looking at pictures of people being loved and cared for upon the brain’s reaction to pictures of threatening or anxiety inducing situations. They found that when subjects in the study viewed…