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Integrative Psychotherapy & Trauma Recovery
Esther Goldstein LCSW
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This Blog Discusses Topics On Trauma, Attachment, Relationships, Grief, Healing, Hope And Connection. My Blogs Are Inspired By My Years Of Practicing Psychotherapy And My Ongoing Passion For Learning And Researching About The Human Mind And Its Profound Healing Capacities.
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7 Ways to Rise Above Daily Struggles
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
December 24th, 2018
“No one taught me what life is really all about. As a child I remember looking forward to being “grown up” to be independent and exploring, but here I am and it’s not all that it’s cracked up to be”. I look at Sondra, wanting to hear more. Her shoulders gently sag and there’s almost a tangible expression of sadness; a halo, lined with a tinge of disappointment.   As she settles down onto the sofa …
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Tags: five-towns-anxiety-trauma-therapy
Anxiety In Your Body + 6 Signs of Psychosomatic Pain
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
October 10th, 2018
Have you ever felt physically ill due to stress or anxiety? Psychosomatic pain is when your emotional and mental stress begin making you physically sick. “Psychosomatic” explains the relation between mind and body. The term is a combination of Greek words psyche "mind" + somatic, from soma, which means "body".   When meeting with a new client, I listen to their story by what they …
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Tags: five-towns-anxiety-trauma-therapy
8 Things to Know About High Functioning Anxiety
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
May 1st, 2019
When you say the word anxiety, you probably just shrug your shoulder and think “we all have it, sometimes.” And, you’re right. Anxiety is a very normal part of life. Anxiety is a response to stress and as humans, we are programmed to respond to stressors to get things done; finish the project, make a big decision or go for that last minute errand run. However, “regular anxiety” comes and goes. Anxiety that creeps i …
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2 Questions to Deepen Your Holiday & Spring Break
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
April 17th, 2019
Want to deepen your living experience with the current Holiday and Spring Break? Seasons, Holidays, Changes and Shifts. With every season of the year theres a newness, a rebirthing, a shifting. As well, with every season of our lives, there are changes. Tight spaces, wide spaces, new spaces and old spaces. There’s darkness, and light. Empty branches and then, blossoming flowers. And as we go into the holiday and/or spring break season, we …
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Anxiety & Family-Of-Origin. What's the connection + 3 Tips!
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
April 25th, 2019
You’ve come to realize that you have some levels of anxiety. High, low, medium or moderate. It may be the tingling feeling on your skin, the “on-edge” sensation when faced with a new scenario or the underlying hum of discomfort when trying to resolve a dilemma or disagreement. The thoughts that spiral you into a puddle of doubt and keep you there for a while. “What’s wrong with me” you wonder? A quick search …
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Tags: Anxiety, trauma, family-of-origin, depression, trans-generational healing
Anxiety and Relationships, What's the Connection?
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
October 16th, 2018
“All you need is love” “Relationships are the spaces where you feel loved, supported and understood” “Love yourself and you will be loved by others” Do these sentences make you squint and want to look the other way? It is common knowledge that we are all wired for connection. Love does truly make the world go round, but what does that mean when you’re not feeling the “love” or when connect …
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Tags: five-towns-anxiety-trauma-therapy
How not to let anxiety steal the joy in your relationships + 11 Tips
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
September 1st, 2019
Relationships are what make the world go round. Our closest relationships are those that remind us of who we are, what we’re capable of and are there to show up through the ups and downs of it all. However, when you have anxiety, it can come in the way of you fully showing up and enjoying the positive attributes of the relationships in your life. Anxiety can hold you back from deepening relationships or even from branching out and making …
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Tags: Anxiety, trauma, emdr, relationships, long island
Caught in a Storm. A Winter Blog Series
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
December 16th, 2019
Common Curve-Balls for Mental Health Maintenance. December is known as a festive month, generally carrying with it lots of joy and holiday cheer. When you celebrate Chanukah, plan family get-togethers, attend holiday parties, food fests, and shopping sprees, they all contribute to the holiday season eventfulness - and overwhelmingness.  For various reasons, you may not be feeling very sparkly this holiday season.  “Joy to the wo …
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Tags: channuka, holiday, family drama
10 Silent Signs of Emotional Neglect + 1 Tip to Start Healing
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
October 22nd, 2018
“I’m just messed up. I know it in every single bone in my body. I don’t have any trauma and I wasn’t molested when I was younger. It’s called “messed up”, they should just add it to the DSM so I can finally have a clinical term to make myself feel better.” Alexandra has a vivacious energy, is wearing funky purple earrings and the coolest boots in NYC. She is engaging and easy to connect with, an …
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Tags: Abandonment, emotional neglect, five towns, trauma therapy
When Your Heart Feels As Cold As The Weather
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
December 23rd, 2019
“It’s cold. It’s bitter bitter cold, Esther.”  “I know, winter has been knocking at our doors for some time. You can feel the chill, can’t you?” I say. “No, Esther. I don't mean the weather. It's my heart. Its cold. It’s like I’m walking in Siberia... but I know I’m only walking down the most popular streets of town, wearing my fur trimmed coat and snuggly earmuffs. There is n …
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Tags: depression, seasonal affective disorder, winter
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