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Dealing with Anxiety
What exactly is anxiety? How long will anxiety symptoms be present for me? Why are these things happening to me? Anxiety is something that we all experience. It's a part of the human condition. Broadly speaking, anxiety can…
Overcoming OCD
Obsessive compulsive disorder, or OCD, is an anxiety-related disorder in which people experience symptoms of both obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are defined as unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images, or impulses that cause a significant amount of distress or discomfort.…
What is ADHD?
ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a disorder that can have many different types of symptoms. Looking at the inattentive symptoms, we see trouble concentrating, being easily distracted at school or at work, or even having trouble…
A Standard TMS session
With the exception of your very first TMS treatment, daily TMS sessions are fairly routine. The main difference is that during your first TMS session, the technician will take measurements of your head and determine a motor threshold.…
The Importance of Sleep
Research shows that sleeping is essential for our health, both our mental and physical health. Chances are that you've probably had a sleeping issue at some point, either falling asleep, staying asleep, or just waking up too early.…
Health Insurance & TMS
TMS therapy is rapidly expanding in the U.S. And as it expands, so too do the questions about its cost and coverage. You’ll be happy to know that in just the past 2-3 years, most major commercial health…
Risks and Benefits of TMS
One of the major questions surrounding TMS deals with the pros and cons of treatment. In terms of treatment, pros and cons are more commonly recognized as risks and benefits. With TMS - as with any treatment -…
Three Ways To Face Your Phobia
Recently, I participated in a Twitter chat with Dr. Richard Besser from ABC News in which we discussed what makes a phobia and the most effective treatments for them. The discussion was a pretty simluating one, in part because there is a frighteningly long…
Let’s Talk About Sex
The most common issues I see are issues related to some kind of sexual dysfunction, pelvic pain, premature ejaculation, issues related to orgasm and arousal. Sex life also relates to intimacy in general, so it doesn’t necessarily need…
Just Stop Thinking
How athletes (and everyone else) can get “into the zone” “Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.” –Yogi Berra Although Yogi Berra’s math was flawed, his insight into the game was 100% correct: one’s…
What is Supportive Psychotherapy?
Supportive Therapy is therapy designed to give you the emotional support and guidance you need to manage life stresses. By understanding your temperament and past experiences you and your therapist can understand some of the patterns causing difficulty…
WHAT IS A PSYCHIATRIC NURSE PRACTITIONER?
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners are specialized advanced practice nurses that provide mental health assessment and treatment. They often work in a range of settings including hospitals, their own private practices, community health centers, and primary care units. What do…
WHAT IS MINDFULNESS THERAPY?
Many people seeking help for anxiety, depression, stress and other issues are increasingly turning to therapists who incorporate aspects of mindfulness into their treatment. Mindfulness can be a small supplement to therapy or constitute a core component, depending…
WHAT IS A PSYCHOLOGIST?
A psychologist is a mental health professional who has received a doctorate degree in psychology. A psychologist studies how people behave, think and feel in order to better understand the human psyche. In a setting like Union Square…
WHAT IS A PSYCHIATRIST?
A psychiatrist is a licensed medical doctor that specializes in mental illness and the mind. Psychiatrists study the medical, psychological, and social components of mental disorders. As physicians, psychiatrists are capable of working closely with other doctors, such…
WHAT IS COGNITIVE BEHAVIORAL THERAPY?
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a combination of two highly effective and well-researched forms of therapy: Cognitive Therapy and Behavioral Therapy. It involves partnering with your therapist to examine the way in which your thoughts affect your feelings…
Afraid of Flying?
Learn How Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Can Help You Manage Those Flying Phobias. As a clinical psychologist, I help people manage fears, or phobias, that interfere with life.  Many people are afraid of flying but are able to overcome…
Cura Personalis
Recently at Union Square Practice, our Co-Founder and Dir. of Psychology, Dr. Jonathan Fader with Michelle Freedland, one of our psychiatric nurse practitioners, sat down and spoke freely about what is used to guide her way of approaching…
Can You Choose Your Feelings?
When working with couples in counseling, David Pearl’s focus is to help his clients interact with each other intentionally instead of reactively.  An example of a reactive response is when anger gets triggered. Anger is a secondary emotion which shields…
The Magic of Mirroring
When working with couples in therapy, relationship expert David Pearl works to facilitate better communication and a deeper connection between partners. “Mirroring” is  one technique Pearl teaches to couples in this process, in order to reduce reactivity and…
Welcoming David Pearl
We're excited to announce that David Pearl, LCSW has joined the Union Square Practice team. As a therapist, David brings two new areas of expertise to the practice: Imago Relationship Couples Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).…
How to Deal With Toxic Relationships
  “To some, marriage is a word. To others, it’s a sentence.” I’m not speaking autobiographically here, but we’ve all experienced relationships and friendships that seem more like a stay at Alcatraz. Toxic relationships are genuinely a serious…
The Social Cost of Trichotillomania
[caption id="attachment_597" align="alignright" width="232"] Dr. Jamye Shelton Pelosi[/caption] Trichotillomania—“trich” for short—is a hair-pulling disorder which is believed by researchers to have neurodevelopmental roots. It falls under the umbrella of obsessive-compulsive disorders in the DSM-5, and is an example…
What is a Mental Health Counselor?
Many people I meet frequently ask me “what is a mental health counselor?” After I briefly explain to them what I do, they respond with a series of clarifying questions: “Are you a psychologist?” “Can your prescribe medication?”…
USP Monthly Reading Roundup
As part of a monthly segment, we'll be sharing the most interesting mental health articles from around the web in the month. Here's some of the best current recommended reading on psychology, psychiatry and mental health, as curated by our clinicians and…

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