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A Story About Gaslighting & What To Do When You're Being Gaslit
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
November 13th, 2023

Most people are familiar both with gaslighting and being gaslit in some way, but not everyone notices signs of it in their relationship until irreparable damage has been caused. Join me in this fictitious, yet revealing story about my client Jenny and her relationship experiences with Jhonny as she peels away the layers to find a slow and steady “gas leak” that had been keeping her feeling “off”, fuzzy, disoriented, sluggi …
Tags: healing, boundaries, gaslighting
Frozen Iguanas & Trauma Healing
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
December 29th, 2022

  What Frozen Iguanas Teach Us About Trauma Healing I hope you're feeling warm on this winter day! I just got back from a brief trip to Florida and I've gotta say, it's not that much warmer there than it is here, in cold New Yawk! It was pretty darn cold down there. Yes, even with my fave pumpkin latte and blasting heat, it was far from "sunshine state" weather. We had a delightful weekend with family and we even got to visit …
Tags: healing, trauma healing, survival strategies, dissociation
Getting Personal About Grief
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
July 26th, 2021

My hands trembled and my heart started beating quicker as the minutes grew closer… I wasn’t trembling because I was afraid to speak at the Links Grief Summit that evening. I don't have a fear of public speaking. My trembling was about feeling into the enormous pain of loss present in the communal heart of those engaging in the summit. In some shape or form, everyone who participated in this event had experienced the sting of loss - …
Tags: healing, grief, loss
Parenting with Anxiety & PTSD- What No One Tells You
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
July 10th, 2019

“I’m exhausted. I may just not be cut out for this parenting thing. And I’m angry because I wanted to give my own family more than I ever got as a child, but I’m failing grandly”.   Rebecca sobs as she shares her woes. Parenting has been a journey that has been burdened with shame, anxiety, insecurity and doubt from the get-go.   “I’ve shared my struggle with many of my friends but they usu …
Tags: Anxiety, trauma, family of origin, healing
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