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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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Virtual Counseling-A Guide for the Skeptic
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
March 29th, 2020
“Put down the weight of your aloneness and ease into the conversation.” ― David Whyte I don’t need to elaborate on how much the world has changed over the last few weeks... and therapy is just one of the many examples of the extent of it. Because achieving complete health is the ultimate goal of your therapist, you may find that the new COVID-19 reality is standing in the way of attending your cozy therapist’s office …
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Tags: virtual, counseling, telehealth, new, york
Boundaries, Trauma and the Body
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
January 30th, 2019
Did you know that we communicate boundaries nonverbally in the way we carry our bodies? Our bodies hold beliefs that energetically let others know how they can or cannot interact with us. How does it happen? All our interactions {as well as past traumas} imprint a "template" of how we show up in all areas of life; in self care patterns, love relationships, work dynamics and family roles. How non-verbal boundaries + beliefs develop? Based on …
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Emerging Trauma Memories? + 4 Coping Tips!
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
May 6th, 2019
"Something is wrong with me, and I think I’m going crazy. I know my life wasn’t perfect, but suddenly I’m flooded with images I never knew existed and I can barely function. What’s wrong with me?” “I know I had trauma and/or anxiety, and I did some good talk therapy years ago, but suddenly it’s coming back with a whole new force,how do you explain this? And will it ever get better?”  When cli …
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Tags: therapy, trauma, emdr, somatic
Tackling Coronavirus Anxiety
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
March 18th, 2020
Tackling Coronavirus Anxiety I feel like I’ve been dropped in a gum-ball machine, in a pile of colorful balls…I’m amused, but also somewhat shocked, confused, and wondering what just went wrong. Coronavirus. It’s spread. All over. And yes, to my own home town as well. We need to practice social distancing, and for many, self-quarantine. Oh Okay. Did the world not prepare for something like this, did the medical system …
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Tags: Anxiety, long island, coronavirus, tips
Feeling Stuck? 4 Internal Conflicts + Tips to Resolve Them using Parts Therapy Approach
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
May 19th, 2019
"I've put my best foot forward in my life; in relationships, my career goals, in parenting and even in spiritual pursuits but I'm hitting a wall. Yes, I'm progressing externally, but if I'm honest, something on the inside ain't budging." John is a brutally honest fella who has been wanting to deepen his experience in life, love and work since his dad died but today, he's speaking openly about his struggle, and asking for help. As we worked toge …
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Tags: anxiety-trauma-parts-work
Pesach: An Intimate Connection
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
April 1st, 2021
PESACH: AN INTIMATE CONNECTION   A Lesson On Intimacy and Relationships וַיִּשְׁמַ֥ע אֱלֹקים אֶת־נַאֲקָתָ֑ם וַיִּזְכֹּ֤ר אֱלֹקים֙ אֶת־בְּרִית֔וֹ אֶת־אַבְרָהָ֖ם אֶת־יִצְחָ֥ק וְאֶֽת־יַעֲקֹֽב ׃וַיַּ֥רְא אֱלֹקים אֶת־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל וַיֵּ֖דַע אֱלֹקים׃ Hashem heard their cries, and …
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Tags: Anxiety, Intimacy, relationship, passover, god
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 usually commisera …
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Tags: Anxiety, trauma, family of origin, healing
Parenting and Anxiety + 6 Tips for Today
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
November 12th, 2018
  Are you passing your anxiety on to your kids? We all want to pass the “good genes” on to our kids; patience, brains, wit, intelligence, social skills and passion for life. What if you struggle with anxiety and don’t want to pass it on? You can reduce your child's susceptibility to anxiety! By you working on your anxiety + practicing skills, you’ll reduce your family’s susceptibility to anxiety. Want to mak …
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Tags: five-towns-parenting-anxiety-trauma-therapy
Mothers Day As An Emotional Orphan
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
May 10th, 2020
Mothers Day and Being an Emotional Orphan in Long Island, New York Names and identifying features have been changed to protect the privacy of clients. This particular case is not about a specific client. Jenna’s story is quite common, and portrays a combination of many different people’s general experiences. Hi Jenna Can you see me alright? Yes Esther, I see you alright. Thank god we’re connecting now. I don’t know what …
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Tags: Mothers Day, heal childhood trauma, inner child wounds
Internal Family Systems & Pumpkin Spice
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
November 21st, 2020
Pumpkin Spice and Parts Work My friend *Shani shows up at my door with a bowl of piping hot chicken soup. I have not been feeling well lately and she knows that a fragrant and nutrient rich bowl of her famous liquid gold will help me feel better. It’s incredible when a friend gets you that intimately. She knows just what I need. I realize immediately that something is not ok with her. Perhaps in the back of her mind she needs something from …
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