RESOURCES:

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Why Therapy?

Check out these videos that blend humor and info about therapy

Crisis Support:

Caring Connect is a wonderful phone and TEXT line available 24/7 for support. Call 908-232-2880 for 7am-11pm or for 24/7 phone line access 800-273-TALK (8255). If texting is more comfortable, Text a heart symbol "<3" from your phone to 741-741. 

Long Island Crisis Hotline 516-227-TALK (8255)
24 hr crisis line. Website also has great resources.

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Anxiety:

8 Things only people with anxiety can understand - read this

High Functioning Anxiety is when you seem ok on the outside, but inside your anxiety is eating at you. To see if you may relate to this, watch this clip

What causes Anxiety and Depression? Check out this clip from movie Inside Out. As well, "Emotional Theory comes alive; Inside Out" is a great video clip on Emotional Theory. 

Videos, worksheets, and information about anxiety. This website has great resources and information about anxiety. It also suggests new ways of looking at ways you think about anxiety and ways you respond to your anxiety. There is also an app associated with this website called Mindshift that can be helpful to have on your phone when Mr. Anxiety visits unexpectedly! 

Things Might Go Terribly, Horribly Wrong: This is a wonderful book with a unique approach in dealing with anxiety and fears.

The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living: A Guide to ACT by Russ Harris
This book is incredibly helpful for those struggling with anxiety, depression and chronic pain. We often try to control our environment or our inner selves in order to reduce discomfort and increase comfort. This text discusses the fallacy of that plan and explores ways to feel emotions while remaining functional. Based on a research validated treatment called Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, this is a book I would encourage you to read.

 

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Mindfulness:

Guided mindfulness meditations ranging from 5 minutes to 35 minutes

Headspace, Calm, Insight Timer and Breath

Smartphone Apps that are great introduction to mindfulness.

Interested in Mindfulness but allergic to the "WooWoo"? Check this out.

Self Compassion - Looking to feel a tad better in a few moments? This is a rich website with activities and tools for practicing self compassion right now. 

A great podcast called "On Being". Listen to invaluable tools and wisdom here. 

PARENTING:

 

Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children and Teens

30 Questions to ask your child instead of "how was your day?" 

Lying down with my child at bedtime? Yay or Nay?  

Teaching Children how to Self Regulate Emotions 

Ever think about what it's like for your young toddler? Read this article titled " It's Hard For Them Too"

Video Resources for Parents Below: 

Jewish Parents: Rabbi Sacks, a powerful and incredibly wise educator,  provides  inspirational brief videos on "How To Be An Inspiring Parent". Check this powerful series out! 

Dan Siegel, Parenting Expert, explains "Being Versus Doing" for Attunement and a Joining in parenting and relationships. 

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS: 

Dan Siegel-No Drama Discipline. This book is incredible for raising children with limits while maintaining warmth, love and nurturing  the secure relationship. As well as "The Whole Brain Child" here

 

Neuropsychology:

Improve your Neuroplasticity in 9 easy steps, click here

 

Couples/Relationships:

Hold Me Tight by Dr. Sue Johnson
This is one of my favorite books to recommend for couples. Sue Johnson is the founder of Emotion Focused Therapy for Couples. She treats couples from a wholesome Attachment Mindset. Highly recommend for all couples looking to connect deeper and more authentically. 

It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken by Greg Behrendt and Amiira Ruotola-Behrendt
A great guide to surviving a breakup. You'll likely have a few eye rolls and learn that your heart break may not have been the only one out there! This brook provides good focus, suggestions and tips for times of heartbreak, change & upheaval.

13 Questions to Ask Before Getting Married

Want to learn how to not only love you partner, but to learn his/her love language? The 5 Languages of Love is a great book written by Gary Chapman where he explains the 5 languages of love and how to learn to love your partner in a way that feels like love to them. 

Trauma, PTSD and the brain

PTSD Coach App PTSD Family Coach App, PTSD informative videos

Resilience -How people learn to become Resilient

When helping clients manage emotional distress or trauma symptomalogy, I talk about the Amygdala often. The amygdala stores emotional connections to experiences and may be holding onto fear, trauma or anxiety. That's why we have creative ways to engage the amygdala and our nervous system with skills and resources so that we can start healing the mind, body and whole being. This clip offers wonderful visuals in explaining our good ol' friends the Amygdala and the Hippocampus. . 

Dr. Dan Siegel in explaining the Brain and how it functions. "The Hand Version of the Brain". Watch this! 

Great article on teaching children about the brain- laying a strong foundation for emotional intelligence. 

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SELF LOVE . SELF WHAAAT?

Pia Melody has contributed incredible wisdom to the field of psychology and has raised our awareness and insight on the concept of LOVE and Self Esteem. With powerful yet simplistic explanations that are easy to understand, Pia gently broaches the topic of Love and relationships for individuals recovering from childhood abuse, neglect or trauma; how to get out of the perpetual cycle of emotional starvation that adult survivors of  neglectful childhood experience. Here's a brief video that gives some basic insight into the enriching info Pia shares.

For Pia Melody's audios on Codependency, Healing the Inner Child, Shame, Permission to be Precious and Mapping your recovery, check out the link here. 

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor who has spent many years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame and has raised awareness on shame and has taught our generation how to live life whole heartedly. These videos are "Must Watches"! "The Power of Vulnerability", and "Why the Critics Aren't the Ones Who Count".