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Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Sep 19, 2017
There is no right way to handle trauma. Each individual moves at their own speed and has their own readiness to confront pain and suffering. Unfortunately, there is no way to expedite the process of healing from trauma. The human condition is simply hard and comes jam-packed with suffering. The good news is that the intensity of emotional pain always reduces with time. This is n...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jul 10, 2017
What is excoriation disorder? Excoriation disorderis abody-focused repetitive behavior (BFRB)where someone recurrently picks at their own skin. It could bepicking at healthy or unhealthy skin, scabs, lesions,pimples,or other blemishes. Most people who suffer from this disorder pick at the face, arms, and hands. Some people use tools to poke, s...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on May 17, 2017
Few things in life are more depressing or anxiety provoking than looking for employment. At the same time, untreated depression and anxiety can lead the job search process to a complete stand still. So how is one to break this viscous cycle of depression, anxiety and job search related activities? The job search process is by definition stressful. But stress need not lead to depr...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Mar 20, 2017
HowtoTake the Power Back fromIntrusive ThoughtOCD Step 1:See through OCD’s scare tactics. OCD is the fear network of the brain sending a signal that something is wrong andneeds to be done about itIMMEDIATELY.OCD onlyreportsonfeared consequencesthatare important to aperso...
Palak Vani posted a blog on Jun 1, 2016
Many patients I work with often try to exercise or do something they love only AFTER they experience a ton of stress at work and desperately need a break. I believe in taking "preventative" measures when it comes to job burnout. This means, do things that you enjoy consistently to prevent physical and/or emotional burnout at work. This means, don't just participate in enjoyabl...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Mar 24, 2016
I wear many “hats “ in life, from taxi driver to short order cook, to healer, to coach but if I had to summarize my two main roles it would be psychologist and mother. As a psychologist, I specialize in the treatment of anxiety and related disorders. One group of clients that I particularly enjoy working with is people struggling with Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (B...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Oct 27, 2015
I am writing this blog as I sit here, in my warmed robe, in a soothingly decorated waiting room, waiting for my mammogram results. I don't know what else to do to keep my mind in check as it reviews an array of disturbing topics, from how I will look with no hair, to how my kids will function without me, to if my husband's second wife will be kind to all of my children, including ...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Feb 9, 2015
My favorite clients to work with are individualsstruggling withharm-relatedobsessive- compulsive disorder(OCD). Without exception,every client I have seen who has soughttreatment forthishas beenconscientious,kind and loving.These arepeopleI would trustas babysitters,teachersandcaretak...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Sep 4, 2014
A dear friend of mine wrote the beautiful poem below about her journey through anxiety. I hope you find it as healing as I do. Freedom from anxiety soaring through clouds Freedom to love fully, overflowing with its touch Release true energy vibrating all around Sending gifts and rays of love, shining soulfully to each we are bound Shimmering rays of beautiful light...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Aug 17, 2014
It is once again that dreaded time of year... no it is not tax season...it is back to school season. It is time to put away the out door furniture, put the beach chairs in storage and get organized for the upcoming school year. Of course summer, like all good things, must come to an end. And this is not necessarily a bad thing. Our kids need to get down to business and foc...