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Welcome to Armonk Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Welcome to Armonk Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

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Psychotherapy,  commonly known as “talk therapy”, mental health therapy or counseling  is the practice of exploring mental health struggles with a licensed  professional. This is an intentional process of exploring past  experiences, current problems, relationship difficulties or life  transitions. The goal is to develop understands of emotions and  behaviors and help people create new and healthier ways of managing  life’s challenges.



Probably  the most well-known form of psychotherapy these days is CBT, or  Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. This is an evidence-based treatment  approach which helps explore harmful or unhelpful ways of thinking that  have a negative impact on behavior and life outcomes. CBT can be useful  for a wide range of mental health disorders and life struggles. 



DBT,  or Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is an offshoot of CBT originally  created for treating more intense or severe mental health disordersDBT  utilizes a non-judgmental collaborative approach working together with  clients to provide validation of their struggles while increasing  client’s ability to understand their reactions, manage frustrations,  effectively communication with others, and develop mindfulness skills to  cope with internal stressors. “Mindfulness means choosing to pay  attention to this present moment, on purpose, without judgment.  Mindfulness allows us to gain awareness of our emotions, thoughts,  bodily sensations, behaviors, relationships and environment.” (Pederson  and Pederson, 2017). 

DBT  believes people are doing the best with the skills they have and with  gaining new skills people can live happier and more fulfilled lives. 

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Eye  Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR, is a structured  evidenced-based psychotherapy originally created for the treatment of  traumatic experiences. This format of therapy is different from the  other “talk therapy” modalities, in that it utilized bilateral  stimulation of the brain (through eye movements, hand buzzers, or  earphones) in order to reprocess or decrease emotional intensity around  traumatic or upsetting memories. Traumatic or highly emotional  experiences (car accidents, sexual assault, physical abuse, war combat,  etc.) seem to “get stuck” in our brains causing stress, anxiety,  depression, flashbacks or nightmares. EMDR has been proven to “heal the  brain” in order to process these memories into a less highly emotional  state. Clients can show drastic improvements with this treatment, where  they are no longer experience life-debilitating mental health  struggles. 

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Narrative Therapy


Narrative  therapy is a postmodern form of therapy which emphasizes the importance  of language in people’s lives. It focuses on the power of stories and  meaning created and believes in the power of healing through the art of  “story-telling”. A narrative approach separates people from their  problems, with the perspective of distancing people from the dominant  beliefs and societal understandings. This is a person-centered approach  with the therapist leading the client to explore the history of their  problems and bringing the negative meanings created to explore the  present manifestation of the problem. Narrative can be a powerful  approach of rewriting the understandings we have of ourselves and  creating a more positive and healthy future. 

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Multicultural Perspective Therapy


Multicultural  therapy or multicultural perspective is a postmodern approach to  working with culturally diverse clients. This takes a social  constructionism understanding, meaning that people develop knowledge  based on their own experiences of reality. It is extremely important for  mental health professionals to have a multicultural perspective to  highlight the importance of exploring the impact of race, ethnicity,  culture, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age,  socioeconomic status, and ability into the context of a client’s mental  health and experiences. The “self of the therapist” is an important  concept in this approach, meaning that it is essential for the  professional to know yourself, your biases, blind-spots and  multi-dimensional self in order to effective as a multicultural  therapist. This is an approach that is utilized alongside of other  theoretical modalities, such as DBT or DBT. 

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Feminist Therapy


Feminist  therapy is also an approach that can be utilized with other modalities.  The feminist approach incorporates ideas of societal, cultural,  political impacts and solutions to challenges. Feminist therapy is for  both men and women, looking at social roles, and experiences and  analyzes impacts of gender (and other oppressive) inequalities playing  out in people’s lives. 

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