We offer a number of treatment modalities for people experiencing chronic pain symptoms from illness or accident. Treatment modalities include biofeedback, psychotherapy, and pain management support groups in addition to referral for medication evaluations, if necessary.
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:
- 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.
Can meditation and relaxation boost your memory and improve attention?
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:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- High Blood Pressure
- Chronic Pain
- Sleep Problems
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:
- Mental Flexibility
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.
In addition to providing psychotherapy and counseling services to adults, our staff of psychologists and therapists also provide mental health services to children, adolescents, and families for the following:
- Work-related/vocational problems
- School-related/academic problems
- Family difficulties
- Relationship issues
- Stressed out?
- Worried about the future?
- Feeling frustrated, scared, and down?
- Afraid of being embarrassed in front of friends or family?
- Feeling less sure or confident of yourself?
- Not sure how to respond to the changes in yourself or a loved one?
These are all feelings, thoughts, and concerns someone experiencing cognitive decline and their family may experience.
Therapy, marital/caregiver support, and family counseling can be very important in successful treatment of memory loss and/or cognitive decline. Cognitive decline can be associated with work performance changes, interpersonal difficulties, problems performing certain daily tasks and household responsibilities, family and parental stress, marital stress, and personality change. Counseling can help to decrease depression and anxiety, provide support, bolster self-confidence, and address behavioral problems. In therapy, skills are taught and practiced to manage stress and anger, improve communication, and resolve conflicts. Therapy can also help to reduce marital conflict and enhance the happiness and relationships of everyone in the family.
Traditional therapy and Teletherapy available
Teletherapy is providing therapy through a live video connection, over the internet. It is the same treatment as you would in person, it's just done through a computer.
It is our philosophy to capitalize on strengths and to deal with, even mitigate, weaknesses.
Neuropsychological assessment is one way of measuring how a person’s brain is working. It consists of a variety of different tasks, each of which measures a specific area of cognitive or intellectual functioning. The neuropsychologist can use the results of these tests to better understand how a person is processing information and learning. The tests will delineate which thinking skills are strong and which are weak. Armed with this new knowledge, a neuropsychologist can better answer why a person is not succeeding at home, socially, or at work. From this new understanding, an individualized treatment plan can be developed to help overcome current challenges and difficulties.
Areas of cognitive functioning evaluated include: Attention/concentration, visual and auditory memory and learning, reasoning and problem-solving, visuospatial organization/visual-motor coordination, receptive and expressive language abilities, and planning and organizational skills. IQ tests and psychoeducational testing may be included as well. The neuropsychological tests usually involve paper-and-pencil tasks, answering questions, manipulating objects, and computerized tasks which are administered by a specially trained technician.
In addition, the neuropsychological assessment also includes psychological testing that is utilized to assess behavioral, personality and mood-related symptoms, and coping abilities. These tests typically involve completing a checklist of symptoms and/or true-false-type questionnaires.
Upon completion of the neuropsychological evaluation, a clinical neuropsychologist makes recommendations regarding diagnoses, relevant treatment interventions, and any other necessary referrals.
Click on Is a Comprehensive Evaluation Important? to learn why comprehensive evaluations are critical in determining an accurate diagnosis.
Click here for a detailed explanation of the who, what, and why of neuropsychological testing. Please give our office a call at 732-840-5266 to speak with a technician or to schedule an appointment for a consultation.
Neuropsychological evaluations in Spanish
Telehealth services: See one of our clinicians virtually for neuropsychological evaluations. Most insurances are accepted and most copays are not required.
Now offering the Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence (WPPSI-IV) Fourth Edition which is a Wechsler test of cognitive development for preschoolers and young children.
We are providing neuropsychological consultations for individuals experiencing persistent emotional and cognitive difficulties due to COVID-19.