The benefits of female therapists for women

An article by Nicoletta Pallotta, MD, LCSW. The challenges that women deal with are often directly related to their gender; sexism, stereotyping, motherhood, childbirth issues, infertility struggles etc. As a society we like to think that we’ve achieved ‘equality’, but the truth is the way women experience life and are perceived in life, is still

Domestic Violence – The Hidden Crime

A hidden Covid-19 Crisis: Domestic Abuse Rises Worldwide Social Distancing restrictions aimed to stop the spread of the coronavirus may be making violence in homes more frequent and in some cases, more severe. Children are also especially vulnerable to domestic abuse during this pandemic. Research shows that increased stress levels among parents is often a

Tips for WFH

The latest 3 letter acronym WFH (Working From Home #WFH) When working from home, it’s easy to get distracted with household chores like laundry, walking the dog, emptying the dishwasher, etc. Create a routine and schedule that works for you. Establish times when you will focus only on work and breaks when you can allow

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As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to impact our the world, keeping you and our staff safe is our top priority. We’d like to take a moment to let you know about the steps we’re taking to keep our community safe at this time. BCS is following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Depression or Just Sadness?

Experiencing a loss may make you sad, but if the sadness becomes out of proportion to the event then you fall into depression. Sadness is a normal reaction, but depression is not. Depression differs from sadness in its intensity, frequency, and duration. Intensity. While the event would make most people sad, you respond with a

What is Ghosting?

Chances are you've been "Ghosted" at sometime. Ghosting is when someone you're dating ends the relationship by cutting off all communication, without any explanation. And we're not talking about not returning a text back after one awkward first date, but receiving the ultimate silent treatment after several dates, or when you're in a committed relationship.

managing your anxiety

It’s totally normal to feel stressed or anxious from time to time, but there’s lots of things you can do to manage your anxiety. Remember: there’s a difference between feeling stressed every now and then, and experiencing ongoing anxiety. If the stress or anxiety is starting to take a toll, consider talking to a mental

Understanding the journey of Menopause

Menopause is a point in time 12 months after a woman's last period. The years leading up to that point, when women may have changes in their monthly cycles, hot flashes, or other symptoms, are called the menopausal transition, or perimenopause. The menopausal transition most often begins between ages 45 and 55. It usually lasts

be a good listener

All You Need to Know Training yourself to be a better listener is the best way to drastically improve the quality of your relationships, from your spouse and children to bosses or coworkers.   Stop giving advice and always trying to fix it. Ask open-ended questions that will encourage more communication. Reflect back to understand

What Are the Traits of a Narcissist?

It’s easy to slap the “narcissist” label on someone who spends a bit too much time talking about her career or who never seems to doubt himself, but narcissism is more complicated than it may seem: It’s not a surplus of self-esteem, but more accurately encompasses a hunger for appreciation or admiration, a sense of

A woman’s mental health

Article by: Dr Nicoletta Pallotta MD, LCSW-R One in five Americans struggle with a mental illness, but the rate is much higher in women. Trauma is a common cause, with half of all women experiencing some form of trauma during their lives. Various social factors also put women at risk for poor mental health, however

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Women Who Make a Difference in Their Community

Women Who Make a Difference in Their Community An article by Nicoletta Pallotta MD, LCSW Every woman has an ability to make a difference in their environment. We are role models to our daughters, granddaughters, sisters, nieces and our friends. So you’re wondering “how can i make a difference”? Susan, a stay at home mom,

Anxiety comes in many different forms

How can you tell if your everyday anxiety has crossed the line into a disorder? It's not easy. Anxiety comes in many different forms - such as panic attacks, phobia and social anxiety, the distinction between an official diagnosis and "normal" anxiety isn't always clear. Here's a start: If you experience any of the following

Why therapy works

A Case Study: Cathy. (names have been changed) When a young woman named Cathy scheduled an appointment at my office for an initial consultation, I prepared for her arrival in the same way that I do for all of my new patients. The introductory session consists primarily of fact finding, detail collecting, intake questions and

Recognizing an Emotional Crisis

Article by Dr Nicoletta Pallotta.  MD, LCSW-R Do you ever find yourself muttering, “I think I’m going to lose it” when confronted with overwhelming situations? Do you ever notice your peers or colleagues vent about “having a breakdown,” “being a mess,” or throwing around the phrase, “I’m literally gonna die”? While these thoughts and tropes tend

The Reasons Behind Anxiety in Women

Anxiety is a normal response to stress. But when it becomes hard to control and affects your day-to-day life, it can be disabling. Anxiety disorders affect nearly one in five adults in the United States. Women are more than twice as likely as men to get an anxiety disorder in their lifetime. Anxiety disorders are

Why Online Counseling

It's convenient. No more travel time to get to the therapist's office so there's no problem fitting an appointment into your day. It can save you money With on travel expenses, childcare or missed work, Online Counseling can save you time and money. It’s on your schedule Our therapists offer appointments during the evenings and

Postpartum depression

A new recommendation from a group of independent experts convened by the government could help more new and expecting mothers avoid depression, one of the most common complications of pregnancy and childbirth. We’re starting to understand the importance of mental health as a society, and the importance of prevention, the future is definitely going to

suicide prevention conference

Suicide Prevention in Students Last weekend we joined forces with Hunter College to host a event for: "Suicide prevention and how to help a fellow student if you are worried about them" Suicide is the second leading cause of death among school age youth. However, suicide is preventable. Youth who are contemplating suicide frequently give

unaddressed anger from your childhood

Anger is often a tricky emotion to express in adulthood, but for many, it was even trickier to express in childhood. If you can relate to having unaddressed anger from childhood, you’re not alone. Maybe you grew up in a household where it wasn’t safe to express your emotions, so your anger went unaddressed. Maybe

Getting through a Panic Attack

Panic is fueled by misuse of the imagination, so learn to use your imagination productively. Below is a Guide to helping yourself through a Panic Attack:  All you have to do is stop the emergency message from being sent to your adrenal glands. Learn these four simple steps and your panic attack will only last

Anxiety and your health

Anxiety can affect your health. If you suffer from an anxiety disorder, research suggests that you may also run a higher risk of experiencing physical health problems. So when you manage your anxiety, you’re also taking care of your physical health. Whether you have everyday stress and anxiety or an anxiety disorder, you can learn

The changing weather on our emotions

Bad weather can go beyond making people feel sad or depressed. It's actually called Seasonal Affective Disorder... Most of us believe weather can affect our mood. Fall is officially here, and for most of us, that means shorter days, longer nights, and declining temperatures. Of course, we're all well aware that seasonal change has a

Why is Self-Esteem important?

Why is building and being able to maintain high self-esteem so important? Life becomes simpler and lighter. When you like or love yourself more then things simply become easier. You won’t make mountains out of molehills (or out of plain air) nearly as often anymore. You won’t drag yourself down or beat yourself up over

Dealing with regret

Regrets are painful. And as time passes, they accumulate and pile up into an ugly mess that’s hard to get rid of. It seems like no matter what you do, there are always regrets just prodding at you. How then, do we get deal with them and start living positively? You act only based on

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How do you know if you are in an Emotional Crisis?

Do you ever say: ‘I feel like I am having a breakdown’ or ‘I think I am losing it’? Often a crisis is a response to a life altering event such as a loved one getting sick or having an accident, a sudden relationship break up or having a traumatic event such as a robbery

Benefits of Using Online Counseling

Some of the main Benefits of using Online Counseling Services Many thousands of satisfied customers already using online counseling services, boast that that level of connection they are able to make with their therapists online make in-person therapy unnecessary. Some of the most common benefits associated with online therapy are: No Boundaries: With online counseling,

negative thoughts

When we have depression, negative thoughts can be both a cause and a result of our mood. Those negative thoughts feed depression, and in turn it fuels them, filling our head with spiralling fear, anxiety, worries, stress, hopelessness and anger. ‘GLASS HALF EMPTY’? Having our heads full of these thoughts and feelings is so much

Women Empowerment through Psychotherapy

So much has changed — thankfully — since Sigmund Freud’s early exploration of the psycho-analytical process or psychotherapy. While his noteworthy discoveries influence so many of our modern-day practices, some believe his views slant more favorably for men than they do for women. As we move forward, our theories evolve; with every coming year, female