Parenting a highly sensitive child

  If you are parenting a highly sensitive child (and so many children and adolescents seem to fall into this category these days), you might find this excerpt from my recent book chapter relevant and useful regarding how to think about and work with your [...]

Somatic and Spiritual Tools to Treat OCD

Because many people have a hard time jumping into Exposure and Response Prevention treatment in addressing their OCD symptoms, I have developed a way of working that often precedes, sometimes bypasses and/ or modifies the need for exposure treatment and I have had a lot [...]

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How to succeed with your new year’s resolution: Let it be and let it go

It’s that time of year again when many of us think of something new we can take on, be it a new pattern or goal like losing weight, sitting down to write that novel, eating healthier or being kinder to our loved ones. The new [...]

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Self Support: The key to bearing difficult feelings in coping with OCD or just life

When you’re doing any kind of personal work on yourself, sometimes it’s easy to forget to give yourself credit for your hard work. Sometimes we look only outside ourselves hoping other people in our lives will notice the work we’re doing and support us for [...]

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Mindful and Somatic Tools for Coping with OCD

When you’re suffering from OCD, from a mindfulness perspective you are very identified with certain thoughts you have to the exclusion of others. In fact, not only are you identified with your obsessive thoughts, you may in general tend to be more aware of your [...]

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Too scared to begin exposure for OCD? Try this tool

Today’s tool for coping with OCD might provoke criticism from those who believe OCD is exclusively a biological disease that should be treated in a solely behavioral and non exploratory context. However, those of us who practice CBT know that what really needs to happen [...]

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Tools for Coping with OCD

This week I will be blogging about how to cope with OCD. Each day I will share tools that support the cognitive behavioral approach of ERP (exposure and response prevention) derived from all the different approaches I incorporate when I treat OCD in children, adolescents [...]

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“Still Single?!” The myth of something being wrong with you

  This blog is dedicated to all my single friends and all singles who have struggled with their status at some point in their singlehood.   In the landscape of spring there is neither better Nor worse; The flowering branches grow naturally, some long, some [...]

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Pausing to find what really matters

I recently heard an interview on NPR with the film director and documentarian Werner Herzog whose newest film “Into the Abyss” focuses on the ripple effects of criminal acts on both the perpetrators and victims of murder.     In the interview, Herzog says that [...]

What would YOU do if fear didn’t stop you? Your infinite possibilities

        We have a way of seeing ourselves as fixed beings at times.  Meaning, we have ideas about who we are capable of being, who we should be, what options are out there or not out there for us and that we [...]

Is there life after food? Tips for Conscious Eating

  I just came across an article in the New York Spirit about Jena LaFlamme, a woman who designed her own weight loss program called “Pleasureable Weight Loss”. Her program helps women take the focus off restrictive, punitive diet and exercise regimens that lead to [...]

Psychological Wisdom from the Kabbalah: Tips for balanced living

  So what are we doing here on this earth?   Do you ever ask yourself this on yet another draggy Monday morning? I wonder about this a lot, especially as a therapist who sees people’s suffering quite a bit. What’s it all for anyway? [...]

From Pathological Altruism to Obsessive Compulsive Personality : Psychological Wisdom from the Kabbalah

So what are we doing here on this earth?     Do you ever ask yourself this on yet another draggy Monday morning? I wonder about this a lot, especially as a therapist who sees people’s suffering quite a bit. What’s it all for anyway? [...]

Mindful Facebooking or Facebook Detox? Options for overchecking

  Facebook is amazing on many levels. You can connect with old friends you never knew how to locate, look up an ex-girlfriend you might want to reconciliate with, find people to date from your friends’ lists of friends (not so much) and connect socially [...]

Self Care: Beyond manicures and the gym (especially for New Yorkers)

Self help, fashion magazines, the spa and gym culture are all full of good ideas of how to “pamper” yourself. And sure why shouldn’t you? It’s fun, it can make you feel good about yourself for a little while to let yourself be nurtured, slow [...]

Tolerating Uncertainty: Getting beyond thinking something’s wrong with you!

  Last Sunday, the Modern Love column in the New Yok Times featured an article in which Sara Eckel, a single woman, wondered for a large part of her dating life whether something was wrong with her for not being in a long term relationship [...]

Reflections on Forgiveness : The Heart of the matter

    Forgiveness is a complex and loaded topic especially to blog about briefly so I've decided to forgive myself (!) for not shortening this blog and accept that I have a lot to say on this topic that I hope can be helpful to [...]

Everything is your mirror

  We have so much access every day to seeing other people and how they look to us. We know the facial expressions and gestures of our loved ones, colleagues and friends so well that we can imitate how they move and the way they [...]

Welcome to my new blog “Is there life after therapy”?

Welcome to my blog! I am a manhattan based psychotherapist, passionate about my work with people. In addition to the many trainings I have had in psychotherapy practice, I spent a decent amount of time (and money..) as a psychotherapy patient which was invaluable for [...]