Depression/Anxiety

Symptoms of depression can include any of the following:

 

  • Sleep disturbance (trouble falling or staying asleep)
  • Poor appetite
  • Negative thoughts
  • Feeling sad, "down" or blue
  • Low energy
  • Lack of enjoyment of usually enjoyed activities
  • Preference to be alone or to avoid social activities
  • Mental dullness

 

Symptoms of anxiety can include:

  • Nervousness
  • Racing heart
  • Racing thoughts
  • Obsessive thoughts (disturbing thoughts you can't stop thinking of)
  • Compulsive behaviors (maladaptive behaviors you feel you have no control over)
  • Mental disorganization
  • Phobias or extreme fears

 

We offer comprehensive psychological assessment of depression and anxiety symptoms.  We also provide treatment which may include individual and/or group psychotherapy in a warm and confidential atmosphere, in addition to providing referrals for medication evaluations, if necessary.

Biofeedback

Can meditation and relaxation boost your memory and improve attention?
Definitely!

 

Research has shown that meditation can physically change brain structure to increase mental efficacy of the quality associated with a higher intelligence.
 
Anxiety and stress are frequent causes of memory and attention difficulties.  Biofeedback is an effective way to combat these problems.

Biofeedback uses your mind to control your body.  Using cutting edge computer technology, you receive “feedback” about your body’s physical condition.  You can “see” and “hear” activity inside your body and, through practice, learn to control these bodily processes leading to a healthier body and calmer mind.  Biofeedback will teach you how to counter the impact of stress on the mind and body, and promote the body’s natural healing process.  Research clearly indicates that biofeedback can be used to lower blood pressure and heart rate.  After each session of biofeedback, you will feel more relaxed, focused, and less stressed.  Over time, you will gain control over your responses to life’s stressors while becoming a calmer, more relaxed person.  These methods will give you the tools you need to manage stress for the rest of your life!

 

In a Harvard Medical School study, researchers observed the brain using MRI with average people while they were meditating.  They found that after 20 minutes of meditation/relaxation, there was increased thickness in the part of the brain that controls memory and attention.  The findings suggest regular meditation helps people maintain their ability to remember and focus.
 

Biofeedback is also useful for a variety of other medical conditions, including:

 

  • Headaches
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Chronic Pain
  • Asthma
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Sleep Problems

Cognitive Rehabilitation and Memory Training

Cognitive training can enhance memory, mental agility, and attention.
 

With the proper exercises, memory, attention, and reasoning can be improved.  The more you practice a particular skill, the stronger that skill becomes.  These changes can actually be seen in your brain!  Areas of the brain used frequently strengthen and grow.  With the proper help, cognitive training can enhance mental prowess and cognitive capacity.

 

The purpose of cognitive remediation is to improve the underlying skills that allow us to succeed intellectually, socially, vocationally, and at home.  Cognitive training utilizes a variety of exercises that are specifically designed to improve many skills including the following:

 

  • Attention/Concentration
  • Memory
  • Planning
  • Organization
  • Mental Flexibility
  • Sequencing
  • Problem-Solving

 

Often, individuals with dementia, strokes, Traumatic Brain Injury, or other neurological disorders experience failure because of a weakness in an area of cognitive functioning which is needed to complete a task successfully.  Cognitive remediation will strengthen these skills through a variety of tasks which gradually increase in complexity and difficulty as the particular cognitive ability improves.

 

Cognitive training also generally leads to an improvement in self-esteem as an individual builds upon his successes with frequent, individualized, positive feedback from our therapist and related success at home, at work, socially, and in the community.
Insurance

Brick, NJ

1683 Highway 88 West,
Brick, NJ 08724
Phone: 732-840-5266
Fax: 732-840-7840

Freehold, NJ

4 Paragon Way, Suite 350, Freehold NJ 07728
Phone:  732-294-5588
Fax:  732-294-7470

East Brunswick, NJ

180 Tices Lane, Bldg A, East Brunswick NJ 08816
Phone:  732-294-5588
Fax:  732-294-7470

Mount Holly, NJ

100 High Street,
Suite 304
Mount Holly, NJ
Phone: (609) 642-1800
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