Trauma Coping & Smartphone Usage: Cultivate a healthy relationship with yourself through your extra-dependent relationship with your phone
By Lili Romann, J&L contributor
We are getting to the point where phone “addictions” are normalized: Dependence on our smartphones is rampant across generations. While there is controversy regarding how severe or detrimental phone use habits are to our physical and psychological well being, there is no escaping the reality that our phones are integral to our everyday lives – and they are not going away any time soon. Given that inevitability, it is critical that we identify mindful and healthy ways to manage our relationships with our devices.
If you read our blog post on toxic positivity, or are one of the many doomscrollers and news junkies among us, you are likely aware of how using the phone to cope or numb our senses can cause us to lose track of time, relationships, and the world around us. Additionally, the near constant exposure to disturbing, and at times even traumatic, content can contribute to feeling overwhelmed and weighed down. At J&L Psychology Group, we often approach our treatment services with a concentration on trauma to help individuals develop healthier coping strategies.
Jennifer Newman, PhD
Dr. Jennifer Newman has limited availability this summer to serve clients who would benefit from short-term or intensive EMDR sessions. EMDR may offer an important add-on component to your therapeutic journey. It is a form of processing that can quickly uncover and connect many different experiences that link to trauma, anxiety, and stress that is being held in your body or mind.
Sessions with Dr. Newman should be considered an augmentation to existing therapy, designed to unlock aspects of trauma that may have remained hidden during your current course of treatment. She will closely collaborate with your primary therapist so you can benefit from processing what you’ve learned through EMDR in regular therapy sessions.
WHEN: Dr. Newman has limited-time availability during August 2023.
HOW: Short-term (typically 2-3 45-minute sessions), or 3-4 hour intensive sessions.
WHO: Patients who are currently in trauma treatment with a trusted therapist who can benefit from limited, add-on EMDR treatment
Call (646) 609-6323 or email info@jandlpsychology now to discuss if EMDR could help, and schedule a session before Dr. Newman's schedule fills again.
WHAT IS EMDR?: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an approach to therapy that involves recalling distressing thoughts, images, feelings and/or body sensations while simultaneously focusing on an external stimulus. Often the external stimuli are a series of side-to-side eye movements or hand-tapping.
This approach assists with processing memories by allowing patients to focus both on the associations related to these recollections and the bilateral stimulation, commonly in the form of repeated eye movements. EMDR therapy does not require talking about distressing details to process traumatic events.
EMDR has evidence for use in treatment of trauma, depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions and can be used in adults and children.
Watch the video below to hear Dr. Newman talk about the process.
WHEN: Thursday July 6th, 6:00pm-7:00pm
WHERE: Webinar via Zoom* (link will be to provided to participants upon enrollment)
COST: $45 (sliding scale options available)
WHO: Parents, caregivers, educators, and others working with children
This 60-minute webinar is designed to support those who care for children and are deeply involved in their everyday lives. It will help you identify warning signs in children's mental health, learn ways to address crises as they unfold, and approach difficult topics important to young people with greater confidence.
This webinar will cover:
Plus tips for preparing for summer transitions!
*please note, the webinar will be recorded and use of identifying information is optional.
Mondays, 6:30pm - 7:45pm*
Virtual via Zoom
Join us for a 12-week group therapy program designed to connect you with other trauma survivors, teach you skills to manage difficult emotions, and introduce new strategies to improve the health of your relationships.
The Group will be co-led by Dr. Emily Brackman and Dr. Ilana Schulder.
To learn more and complete a complimentary group consultation call, please reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
*Time subject to change depending on participant availability and start date.
Join us for a 90-minute webinar to learn more about the science behind trauma and how trauma impacts survivors.
Thursday January 26th, 2023
Remote via Zoom
This webinar has been developed for the general public, including trauma survivors and their family members/loved ones, as well as professionals who are interested in understanding the basic concepts of living with and healing from PTSD and complex trauma.
The presentation will provide an overview of core concepts related totrauma, including:
Participants will have a chance to engage in self-reflective and experiential exercises throughout the presentation.
Out with minimizing, in with acknowledging
By Lili Romann
We’ve all had a lot to deal with recently. Between the pandemic, a war-torn world, a democracy at odds with itself, a nearing recession and more, there are lots of reasons to feel scared and stressed. Aside from these large-scale issues, you may be working a hybrid schedule and having to find a balance between your work hours and picking up your kids. Or maybe your course load at school is kicking your butt and you are worried because your family is facing hardships. The list seems to be endless.
The key to navigating a stressful, or often tumultuous sequence of events – this applies to everybody – is how you choose to confront your stress (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2021). Let’s introduce the topic of “toxic positivity,” an approach to emotion management that involves dismissing negative emotions and overgeneralizing positive ones. Toxic positivity is a belief that, no matter what, you should keep a positive mindset (Goodman, 2022). People following this concept appear positive when they are struggling.
We are excited to meet prospective patients and referring providers in this free virtual meet-and-greet where Beth will provide more information about EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) and answer questions about the EMDR services available at J&L.
Monday, June 13th, 2022
12 - 1:00pm
Virtual Webinar via Zoom
In this 1-hour virtual discussion, you will learn:
EMDR is an approach to therapy that assists with processing traumatic memories without needing to talk directly about distressing details of past events. EMDR has evidence for use in treatment of trauma, depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions and can be used in adults and children. Check out the brief introduction to EMDR on our Treatment page.
Whether you have been in trauma therapy before, are currently seeing another provider, or have never had any therapy in the past, EMDR may be an important component of your healing journey.
J&L is now offering:
This free 1-hour event is the first in an upcoming series of J&L Midday Moments - one hour discussion-based meetings and informational sessions intended to create a collaborative and supportive environment in which to both learn about and discuss various aspects of treatment offered at J&L Psychology. These events are open to patients and providers. Each Midday Moment will offer ample time for questions and discussion, and all questions will be submitted anonymously through the virtual chat function.
REGISTER HERE FOR THIS FREE EVENT.
Meet our EMDR provider: Beth Phillips, LCSW
Download the event flyer here.
*PLEASE NOTE: At this time J&L Psychology Group is not accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowship positions*
J&L Psychology Group offers a full-time, one- or two-year postdoctoral fellowship in summer/fall. The position requires 20-25 clinical hours (1:1 patient care, group) in addition to attending a weekly clinical meeting, projects meeting, and individual supervision. Administration time and project development hours also are included in the 40-hour work week.
We are looking for candidates interested in working with children, adults, families, and/or couples in a close-knit, collaborative, therapeutic group practice. Our offices are located in midtown Manhattan close to public transportation. We offer in-person and virtual services, allowing our clinicians to tailor a hybrid schedule according to their and their clients’ preferences. The postdoctoral fellowship position at J&L Psychology Group is designed for candidates who have successfully obtained their doctoral degree in clinical or counseling psychology and are interested in accruing licensure hours in a supportive private practice setting. J&L Psychology Group specializes in the treatment of individuals across the lifespan (children, teens, adults) who present with a diverse set of issues, including complex trauma, anxiety, depression, adjustment/transition issues, etc. We provide individual, couples, and family-based therapies. We are passionate about developing authentic relationships with our patients and tailoring treatment plans to fit each person. Our team has extensive training and experience in many treatment models, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Psychodynamic Therapy.
By Emily Brackman, PhD
“Recovery can only take place within the context of relationships; it cannot occur in isolation.” – Dr. Judith Lewis Herman
While we are more "connected" than ever before, technologically speaking, it has been a long and lonely pandemic for many if not most of us. Even with constant, immediate, and seemingly endless outlets for virtual contact, loneliness and longings for meaningful social connection are at an all-time high.
In the Japanese art of Kintsugi, broken pottery is repaired with a bonding substance lined with gold to create a new, beautiful, shimmering object by integrating and honoring past pain. As we each reassemble the pieces of our former way of life to build an even stronger foundation, it is important to remember that our ties to loved ones, friends, family, and community can serve as the glue that holds us together.
As a team of mental health professionals at J&L, we recognize that there is no one-size-fits-all cure for loneliness. We have put together 5 suggestions of things you can do If you are struggling to connect with others and are looking to build community.
By Jennifer Newman, PhD
On a recent rainy day, somewhere on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, I sit alone in our beautiful office space and the bell rings. I’m expecting lunch, however, am surprised to see a familiar face on the screen as I go to buzz in my delivery. One I have not seen in a long time.
For nearly 30 years she had turned the key and climbed the steps, past the hall door and into Suite 201, which is tucked into the corner of the building. This woman, now retired, stopped by this day on her way back home to her native country in Europe. Her cabinets are gone, and the names on the door frame have changed, but inside 201 her ethic of care still remains. Where she plucked, smoothed, and buffed people to their best selves, we now help them renew from the inside out, and open them to new possibilities through therapy.