Most of us reach a point in our lives when we begin to feel that it is time for change, but when we recognize how difficult it is to alter our existing patterns of thinking and behaviors we tend to give up. This in turn leads to further avoidance, fears, disappointments, and decreased motivation. Ultimately these experiences can leave you feeling anxious or depressed, lead to difficulties in relationships, and have you living an unhappy life. Although it may feel like a dead end, in reality there are many ways in which you could be helped. Psychotherapy is a process through which you can explore your issues, improve insight into what is holding you back, and develop efficient ways to deal with your problems. The intention at “Mind Wellness Psychological Services” is to offer you a warm and empathic therapeutic environment. Together we could explore your concerns and help you make the changes you desire.
Online Appointments Available
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic that people are dealing with worldwide, many are experiencing a great degree of anxiety and have difficulty coping with the situation at hand. It is hard to contain the panic that one may experience when worrying about their health and the health of their loved ones. Dr. Goldvarg offers Telehealth, video sessions that are held using a secure HIPAA compliant website, to help people improve their ability to cope with this crisis, as well as any other mental health related issues that concern them.
This type of therapy is a process through which a therapist works one-on-one with a client. Dr. Goldvarg utilizes an integrative approach to treatment to provide individual psychotherapy to her clients. Initially, she will carefully review your history and conceptualize it using a psychodynamic perspective. She will then create a treatment plan tailored individually to your particular situation and will utilize techniques from the Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, and Interpersonal schools of thought. When working with children, she will also utilize Play Therapy and Parent Training Management approaches to treatment.
When seeking therapy many people wonder in which ways group therapy may differ from individual therapy. Although the goal of both types of treatments is to help people get passed the difficulties that initially bring them to treatment, group therapy offers a unique opportunity to people to explore their issues within a supportive network of peers and to build interpersonal relationships. At Mind Wellness different psychotherapy groups are offered periodically, and members are assigned to specific groups based on their age and the issues that they are dealing with.
Dr. Goldvarg integrates Emotion Focused Therapy, Couples Behavior Therapy, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy approaches to help couples who experience difficulties in their relationship. The goal of this type of therapy is to help the couple gain insight into the root of their issues, assist them with increasing the ability to empathize with one another, and develop effective communication skills.
This treatment approach is based on the belief that family is a social system that consists of it’s own unique patterns of relationships and communication styles. When these patterns are maladaptive, they lead to significant distress and prevent the system from functioning in an effective way. Whether treating an individual’s problem that has an impact on the family as a whole (i.e., depression, behaviors) or helping family members improve their interpersonal relationships in general, family therapy has been proven to be an effective way to improve relationships and people’s quality of life.
During the consultation session clients have the opportunity to discuss the issues or concerns that brought them to therapy, explore what the treatment would entail, discuss such topics as the orientation of treatment that would be utilized during psychotherapy sessions, and evaluate whether they would like to continue treatment. Similarly, clients who are seeking psychological testing will have the opportunity to present their concerns and obtain a thorough explanation of what the process will entail once the testing question is discussed.
EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization and ReprocessING
When a disturbing event occurs, it can get stored in your memory along with negative feelings and sensations associated with that experience. EMDR is a widely recognized integrative therapy approach that deals directly with how the brain processes the information it receives. It can help you reprocess memories and let go of negative emotions associated with them - in turn helping you move past traumatic experiences. Reprocessing of the memories associated with the disturbing event will stop to rule ways in which you live your life. Over the years, EMDR has also proved effective for the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, grief, eating disorders, and more.
Psychological, Psychoeducational, and Neuropsychological Evaluations
In general, psychological testing refers to tests that are administered by psychologists in order to better understand a person’s psychological problems, cognitive functioning, and personality styles. Dr. Goldvarg also performs psychoeducational evaluations and neuropsychological assessments, the purpose of which is to examine issues with one’s executive, cognitive, and behavioral areas of functioning.
Supervision of Students
Dr. Goldvarg works with Master’s and Doctoral level students who are seeking supervision for their therapy or testing cases. She received her doctorate from Adelphi University, where she was trained in the Psychoanalytic school of thought. In addition, Dr. Goldvarg completed several training programs where she was trained to utilize techniques from other theoretical orientations, including CBT, DBT, Play Therapy, and Interpersonal Psychotherapy.