Understanding The Phenomena of Mass Murder Shootings and Social Isolation

by Veronica Vaiti, LCSW-R

The tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December of 2012 has left many of us dumbfounded and heartbroken. In the discussions following the deadly shooting contributors from the medial and mental health field devoted ample time to trying to provide a rational explanation for such an irrational act. According to figures extracted from Mother Jones, since 1982 there have been 62 mass shootings in the USA, twenty five of those shootings have occurred since 2006.  These numbers indicate that the mass shooting incident rates … Read More

Managing Your Feelings During The Holidays

by Veronica Vaiti, LCSW-R

The holidays are finally here!!! Time to break out your jingle bells and celebrate, right? Not so fast. For many people, instead of looking forward to a big bag of gifts and joy, many experience the holidays as a mixed bag of misery and despair, a syndrome we at NYC Therapy Group refer to as, “holidepression“. We describe Holidepression as a syndrome in which an individual, couple or family experiences one or more of the following feeling states that is triggered by the holiday … Read More

How to Get Help with Solving Relationship Issues

by Veronica Vaiti, LCSW-R

Getting help with relationshipsRelationships are the cornerstones of our lives. We discover and come to understand ourselves through our relationship to all that surrounds us – our family, our environment, our peers, co-workers and the list goes on.

It is a natural and healthy human need to want to be loved, liked, appreciated and accepted and to reciprocate these feelings in a trusting, loving intimate relationship. Simply put, healthy, satisfying relationships nourish and enrich our lives. Yet, because we are all so uniquely individual ourselves, and because we each … Read More

Treating Anxiety

by Veronica Vaiti, LCSW-R

Anxiety can manifest in many ways across the physical, emotional and cognitive spectrum. Some physical symptoms of anxiety include: tense muscles, nausea, irregular body temperature, dry mouth, jitters or tingling sensations, disturbed sleep, heart palpitations, headaches, belly aches/cramps or the “pit” in your belly, clammy hands and dizziness. Cognitive symptoms may include: intrusive thoughts, repetitive thoughts, uncontrollable or obsessive negative thoughts, exacerbated or tangential fearful or worrisome thinking. And emotional symptoms include experiences or fear, panic, agitation, irritation, feeling sad, easily excitable and nervous, or on … Read More