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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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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
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
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
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
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
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
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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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
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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Emotional Flashbacks & Anxiety, What's the Connection?
Author: Esther Goldstein LCSW
February 20th, 2019
Is there a connection between Anxiety and Emotional Flashbacks? Yes, there is. When you experience emotional flashbacks, you will have higher levels of anxiety and feel on-edge more often. Want to understand what emotional flashbacks are, and what you can do to begin experiencing relief? Read below. Have you ever been in a situation where you are objectively doing fine but suddenly notice you’re feeling frightened, lonely, shamed or insec …
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