Thank you John, the Doorman

At the age of 10, after my parents split, I chose to live with my father. It was the mid-80’s and we moved into a full-service building that had doormen. This was good because my father worked, and I spent a number of hours home alone with the condo staff to keep an eye on me. It was a safe environment. Lest you worry I was hurt in any way, I was not.

I was just emerging from a fraught and unamicable divorce in which I was privy to adult … 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

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

The Anxiety of Parenting

Motherhood is not so colorful...Look around you, do you see us? We’re not hard to notice. We are the current crop of modern day parents doing our best to care for our children while tending to the sometimes overflowing spring of anxiety stirring beneath the surface. (Full disclosure here…as a working mom of two school-aged children, I count myself as one of them.)

For some parents the anxiety seeps out of their pores and is tangible in their aura, for others it’s a little better concealed but nonetheless just as potent and jarring. (Personally … Read More

Emerging From the Deep Freeze – Through Self-Reflection & Mindfulness

by Veronica Vaiti, LCSW-R

Ahhh the weather…a universal phenomenon that connects us all. Whether we are accepting of and enjoying it or are feeling fed up and loathsome with our current weather, most everyone everywhere registers some reaction to the type of weather system they are entrenched in.

For instance, here in the NY Metro area, we have been under a deep freeze. I saw one list of statistics that noted this February as the 4th coldest month of record. Translation: whatever age you are, you have probably never … Read More