Entries by Veronica Vaiti, LCSW-R

Memorial Day & Mental Health Awareness

As a society we have come to associate Memorial Day with the long weekend that kicks off the summer season often filled with bar-b-ques, downtime with friends, retail sales and home improvement projects. We have strayed somewhat from why it came to be so in the first place.

What first began as “Decoration Day” on May 30th in 1868 to honor the fallen soldiers of the Civil War at Arlington National Cemetery, it wasn’t until 1971 that Memorial Day took its rightful place as a Federal Holiday held on … Read More

I Have To Stop Saying I Have To

Weighed down by your responsibilities? Feeling stressed out or even dread about all you “have to” do and take care of? Well, I hear you my friend and I’ve been reflecting about this word “responsibility”, the responsibilities that fill our lives and how we relate to them. Let’s take a look…

Part of this reflection was prompted by my noticing and dislike of hearing myself begin sentences with, “I have to…” or “I’ve got to…” or “I need to…” or some slang gripe about what I was about to do … Read More

Warding off Isolation , Addiction and Danger in the Age of Technology: What Can We Do as Parents?

Our children are facing a unique experience of childhood in the age of technology and fast data. The advancements in technology and the proliferation and reach of social media has not only added new dimensions, gifts as well as dangers, but they are also changing the tapestry of relationships and what it means to form relationships thereby impacting our children’s social emotional development. As if caring for a little person and raising them to be the best human being they can be isn’t challenging enough in its own right, doing … Read More

EASING INTO “BACK TO SCHOOL”

It’s September, post Labor Day, back to school time is here in much of the Northeast. Personally – and please hear me out before you judge me for sounding too Pollyanna-ish, but I truly love this time of year, always have! This turning of the weather as the nights become cooler, feeling the fall breathing its crisp air over summers dissolution to me cues a building anticipation for September. For me, it is the time when we are perched upon the crest of a new wave of possibility, so much Read More

Tips on How to Find the Right Therapist For You

It can take someone weeks, months, even years before they pick up the phone and make that first call to a therapist. And when they do, they are often filled with a mix of feelings such as fear, shame, uncertainty, pain and hope; hope that this therapist, this stranger on the other end of the phone might be the one who can help them find the answers they are looking for to stop the struggle or suffering in their lives so they can live happier and healthier.

If you are … Read More

Mother’s Day 2017

 

The Team at NYC Therapy Group would like to take a moment to honor all that it means to be mother, especially since we understand that Mother’s Day can bring up a host of different feelings for different people depending upon their circumstances.

As much as we understand and celebrate with you the love, joy, excitement, silly times and fulfillment that comes from mothering our children we are also fully aware of and believe it important to note the challenges, the madness, the self-doubt, heartbreaks and pains and the exhaustion

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Moving Beyond Fear: How to Successfully Relate to Your Fear in 3 Steps

Feeling more stressed out than usual? You’re not alone. Results of a recent survey by the American Psychological Association (APA) prove that stress levels for Americans have steadily increased since the election, for both Democrats and Republicans and those in between.  

The APA survey results attribute this increase in stress directly to heightened worries, fears and uncertainty over the election, the future of our nation and what all this means for the day-to-day functioning of our lives. But this blog isn’t a piece about the election, it’s about fear, and

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Thoughts on Women and the Aging Process

By Veronica Vaiti, LCSW-R & Emily Shapiro, MS, LMFT

While preparing to write this blog on women and the aging process, we encountered a bit of struggle in deciding how best to approach this topic in a way that is both compassionate and honest, respectful and real but not alienating, dry or too instructive. What we realized is that this struggle we were having, in a way reflects a bit of what women experience during the aging process – how to be seen for who they are, how to feel … Read More