Therapy Can Work

Katherine Rabinowitz, LP, M.A., NCPsyA

Licensed Psychotherapist & Psychoanalyst
Union Square, Greenwich Village, New York, NY

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Therapy Can Work

Katherine Rabinowitz, LP, M.A., NCPsyA

Licensed Psychotherapist & Psychoanalyst
Union Square, Greenwich Village, New York, NY

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Do I Really Need To Take A Vacation? Absolutely!

The importance of taking vacation time cannot be overstated. Physiologically, the brain literally needs rest to be restored to optimum functioning. The mind needs to be away from day-to-day preoccupations to be most productive when returned to the task at hand. Your overall health, including things as serious as heart disease and stress levels, is affected both by taking and not taking vacation.

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Shop Till You Drop – Do You Have a Shopping Addiction?

Compulsive shopping that becomes an addiction can lead to serious problems. Initially, buying something feels like a reward and relieves anxiety. But over time the condition becomes chronic and cyclical, interfering with personal and professional relationships, and exacerbating feelings of shame, remorse and anxiety.

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I Feel Like A Total Fraud

Even someone who has been in a job for many years can have a moment or many moments where it suddenly feels like you have no idea what you’re doing. You feel like a fraud, an impostor. What am I doing here? The post addresses this issue, and quotes many famous people you will have heard of who feel the same way. You are not alone.

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How Do I Know I Can Trust You?

Trust is difficult. Knowing when to trust someone, especially if you’ve been hurt in the past, is a challenge, to say the least. But there are things to look for, in both yourself and the person you’d like to trust, that will make the outcome more likely to come out well.

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Denial

Denial is a coping mechanism we develop to protect ourselves against unexpected situations or unwanted emotions. It is healthy and normal in the short term, and can be helpful in dealing with the resulting anxiety. But it doesn’t work over the long term and when it becomes habitual, it is unhealthy.

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How to Deal With a Relationship Breakup

Getting over a relationship breakup is difficult and painful. There are things you can do (and not do) to make it easier for yourself. But most important is to not suppress your feelings. Giving them space to emerge will help you get past them more quickly.

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Low Self-Esteem: That Must Be Because I’m Worthless, Right?

Low self-esteem is a state of mind, not an object, or “thing.” As such, it can be changed. It’s not easy, but there are a number of ways to get started on changing this image of yourself. Give yourself a chance – give yourself permission to feel you’re a good and worthy person. If none of the suggestions work, seek professional help.

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Procrastination – a Tough Habit to Break

Procrastination, a tough habit to break, is one of the ways we get in our own way. It offers short-term relief, but ironically, causes more feelings of guilt and regret in the long-term. It’s hard but not impossible to get past this insidious habit.

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Loneliness: Is Your Phone Your Best Friend?

Despite incessant connecting with people via social media, many people today feel lonely. Feeling genuinely connected to people is normal, natural, possibly built into our genetic makeup. You are not alone if you crave human contact and feel you don’t have it. Chronic loneliness can lead to health problems and depression. Being connected to devices rather than people contributes to a sense of loneliness. But it’s not hopeless. There are things you can do to overcome these feelings, and they all have to do with being with real people in real time.

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Are you OCD? Do You Feel Compelled To Do Things A Certain Way Every Time?

Having to do things a certain way every single time is a way of relieving anxiety. But it becomes a problem in and of itself when it gets out of control. When there’s no Off button. And not doing it the way you like causes anxiety rather than relieving it. And expands until you become a prisoner of your rituals. Or maybe you just have habits that help you get through difficult situations or everyday life. This post helps distinguish the two.

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Relationships

All romantic relationships can be difficult and often, hard to come by in our busy, technology-saturated world. Some can be fixed, others not, most can be improved.

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