Gary Weinstein, LCSW-R, RYT-200

Gary is a licensed clinical social worker and a 1979 graduate of the Syracuse University School of Social Work family therapy program. He has worked clinically in hospital, school, prison, shelter, neighborhood center and public health settings. Gary works with adolescents 12 and up and their families in a family systems approach. He works with adults with personal and marital crises, life transition, bereavement, aging and end of life difficulties ~ and the anxiety, depression and turmoil these experiences create. Gary is a certified yoga instructor and integrates physical, psychological and self-care elements of yoga into his guidance of patients where helpful. He offers meditation training to his mix of psychotherapy approaches. He believes “good listening is good medicine.” (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Margaret Schultz, Ph.D.

A licensed psychologist specializing in children with behavioral, emotional problems, ADHD, Asperger’s Disorder, Autism.  Provides parents with behavior modification techniques to help increase compliance and decrease inappropriate behaviors.  Also social skills training for children and adolescents using play therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy to treat children and adolescents with anxiety, depression and behavioral disorders.  (Liverpool/North)

Family Therapy

headersBFamily therapy provides the kind of support, direction, and help that can make the difference in your family’s relationships and overall outlook.

Today families are faced with so many challenges. Whether it is relationship problems, work or school stress, major life changes, losses, addictions, anger issues, communication problems or unhealthy patterns, family therapy can help. Great relationships do not just happen. There is investment of time, effort, and commitment. Some of the happiest, closest, and most successful families are those that have undergone some of the most difficult times and committed to work on them together. Family therapy provides a safe place for family members to work through problems, improve relationships, and open up lines of communication.

One of the most common complaints of family members is that they do not feel heard or understood by other family members. A family therapist can help families improve their communication so that they can understand, accept, and respect one another’s perspective. They can start to feel safe in sharing their thoughts and feelings. In family therapy, families can work through anger and bitterness and begin to release it. They can draw closer and experience greater respect, love, and appreciation for one another.

Family therapy can also reduce the chance of problems becoming worse, and relationships drifting or becoming destructive. Getting help to overcome family problems and improve relationships is one of the wisest, most loving things a family can do for their own well-being and for their future. No family need suffer from the pressures of unresolved problems that can lead to even greater problems. There is help and there is hope. Family therapy can provide the help, support, and intervention needed to restore broken relationships and build successful families for life.

Working with your Doctor

Did you know that psychologists and social workers from PHC are now working directly in doctors’ offices? We are currently placed at Crouse Medical Practice, Family Care Medical Group, CNY Family Care, Child Healthcare Associates and have plans to connect with our patients at more medical practices in the future.

Working with your Doctor

Did you know that psychologists and social workers from PHC are now working directly in doctors’ offices? We are currently placed at Crouse Medical Practice, Family Care Medical Group, CNY Family Care, Child Healthcare Associates and have plans to connect with our patients at more medical practices in the future.

Gregg Engel, PsyD

I have 10 years of experience working in the mental health field. Myexperience includes working with a broad spectrum of clients, including the
severely mentally ill, and clients working to improve self esteem,
relationship issues, depression, substance abuse, anxiety, anger management,
grief. I have also had experience running groups including anger management
groups and couples therapy. When not working evenings at PHC, I am the director of Cedar House, a day treatment program in Oneida (Syracuse/Eastwood).

Karl Sperber, Ph.D.

A clinical psychologist providing psychotherapy, counseling and psychological consultation. He works with adults with a wide range of problems and life issues, helping them toward a more authentic and fulfilling life. He offers individual, couples and family therapy. Specialties include Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and Chronic Pain and Health Issues. ( Syracuse/Eastwood)

Joel Richman, Ph.D.

Joel Richman, Ph.D., has been practicing psychology for over twenty-five years. He specializes in the use of cognitive and behavioral techniques in the treatment of a variety of psychological and psychophysiological disorders. These include the anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder and phobias, as well as depression, chronic pain, headache, and personality disorders.

Dr. Richman works both with individuals and with couples who are experiencing problems in their relationships. In addition, he performs psychological and forensic evaluations to assess cognitive and emotional functioning. Dr. Richman is the Administrative Director for PHC. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Ronald Fish, Ph.D.

Ronald C. Fish, Ph.D., is the Clinical Director for PHC specializing in programs integrating behavioral health and medical care. Dr. Fish is a clinical psychologist with extensive experience in a wide variety of treatment modalities and populations. He is a Master Trainer for the Trauma Resiliency Model with expertise in the treatment of patients with complex trauma. He has developed behavioral medicine programs employing a psycho-educational approach for fibromyalgia and diabetes. In addition, he has published papers on couples therapy and hypnosis and uses hypnosis for pain management. He has taught extensively on stress management, fibromyalgia, depression, and marital therapy. He is currently working with a variety of medical provider groups on burnout prevention and treatment, in collaboration with Dr. Mitchell Lebowitz. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Katherine Lewis, Ph.D.

Dr. Lewis is a clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience in providing psychotherapy and psychological evaluation. Her practice is comprised of clients aged eight and older with a broad range of emotional, behavioral, and interpersonal difficulties. Her special areas of interest include psychotherapy with adolescents, individuals struggling with depression and anxiety, and trauma survivors. (Syracuse/Eastwood, Family Care Medical Group)

David Cannucciari, LCSW-R

A licensed clinical social worker for over 28 years in the field of children’s mental health. He has experience working with children of all ages and their families with a range of issues: from oppositional behavior, depression, anxiety, and ADHD to pediatric bipolar disorder, attachment disorder and child physical and sexual abuse. Previously he was a clinical director of two children’s mental health clinics. He has developed programs for children in schools and home-based services for families and adults. He was also responsible for coordinating children’s and adult crisis services in Oneida County. David also has experience working with adults on a variety of issues from marital concerns to anxiety, depression and childhood sexual abuse.

Antonietta Chairmonte, LCSW-R

Antonietta Chairmonte is  a New York State licensed clinical social worker with over 21 years of experience. Her work with adolescents, adults, couples and families is based in family systems theory. She has extensive experience working with survivors and families affected by domestic violence, sexual abuse and assault. She also specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, parenting and relationship concerns, women’s issues, grief and loss, and stress management. Antonietta uses a variety of evidence-based treatment approaches to guide individuals in their journey of growth, change, and healing. She also uses a psycho-educational approach to support individuals as they learn healthier methods to cope with various life stressors. Through self compassion, self-care, and empowerment she hopes to offer individuals a safe, comfortable space to guide them towards emotional health and well-being. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Marilyn Ben, LCSW-R

Marilyn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Emeritus. She has been in full-time practice since 1983. Her theoretical perspective is eclectic, developed from her educational background in family mental health and experience with adults with substance use issues, mood disorders, and adjustment disorders. Her work with individuals and couples is solution-focused, designed to alleviate presenting symptoms and develop more effective coping skills. Realizing that we all have histories that contribute to how we function, her goal is to help people come to terms with their past by taking charge of their present while improving their ability to make choices that can lead to a better quality of life. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Annette C. King, LCSW-R

Annette is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a 1996 graduate of the Syracuse University School of Social Work. She has 24 years experience working with individuals whose lives have been impacted by domestic violence, rape, and sexual abuse: having worked for the Rape Crisis Center of Syracuse and then Vera House for 19 of those years. Annette works with clients with symptoms of PTSD and the effects of sexual abuse on sexuality and personal relationships.  She also treats those experiencing anxiety, depression, chronic illness, grief and loss,  including loss in childbirth, healthy relationships and spirituality. She enjoys helping clients discover their abilities to have conversations instead of arguments and learning the boundaries involved.  Annette is trained in the utilization of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, or EMDR, with victims of both trauma and grief. She also works with the Trauma Resource Institute’s Trauma Resiliency Model, a tool for clients to learn to center and ground themselves.  She believes in the healing power of laughter: when her clients can again laugh, she knows they are on the path toward healing.  Annette works with individuals 18 and over. (Liverpool/North)

Nadine M. Cuffy, Ph.D.

Dr. Cuffy is a licensed clinical psychologist with over 20 years of experience. Her specialties include adolescent, adult and couples therapy exploring issues related to anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders, domestic violence, and survivors of child abuse. Dr. Cuffy has particular experience in treating women, and ethnic populations. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Lauren Guest O’Brien, LMHC, CRC

Lauren is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and a New York State Licensed Mental Health Counselor and has over ten years of experience. She has served as an Adjunct Professor for SUNY Albany teaching courses in addictions treatment. Prior to joining Psychological Healthcare Lauren was in private practice in the Saratoga Springs, NY area. Her areas of expertise include trauma and loss, co-occurring disorders, anxiety-related disorders, developmental disorders, vocational counseling, LGBT related issues, sports related counseling, and perinatal disorders. Lauren has a holistic approach to therapy and uses a more direct, solution-focused style to treatment. At Psychological Healthcare, Lauren enjoys working with individuals of all ages and from an array of backgrounds. (Liverpool/North)

James Dodd, LCSW-R

A certified social worker with over thirteen years of clinical experience and a former employee of St. Joseph’s Hospital where he worked in both the inpatient and outpatient psychiatric programs. He has experience treating sexual abuse problems having led therapy groups for both survivors and perpetrators of sexual abuse. He works with adults with a wide range of presenting problems including mood and personality disorders, grief and loss, delusional disorders and he has had a special interest in the treatment of marital problems and divorce recovery. (Liverpool/North)

Cynthia Ackles, LCSW-R

An experienced Clinical Social Worker specializing in work with individuals and groups, ages 18 and up. She employs integrative clinical approaches to assist those experiencing depression, anxiety, trauma, anger, agitation, mood swings, life changes, and chronic pain. Clinical approaches include CBT and DBT frameworks, skills-building, mindfulness, stress-reduction, relaxation and creative therapies tailored to assist each client in gaining knowledge and developing skills to meet challenges and achieve their goals. (Liverpool/North)

Panayotis (Taki) Petrou, Ph.D.

Dr. Petrou grew up in Athens, Greece. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Kentucky, Lexington, and proceeded to receive his doctoral degree in Psychology from the same Institution. He has been in practice as a psychologist and therapist for over 25 years.  He works with adults, adolescents and couples who present with a broad range of emotional difficulties or problems in living.

Dr. Petrou likes to tailor treatment to the specific needs and unique qualities of his clients. He finds it important to pay close attention to not only the psychological factors that affect his patients but also the biological and social forces that shape their lives. He draws upon a wide range of scientific research and knowledge to help his patients better understand their physical and psychological self and also their relationships with others, and find smart, practical ways to implement those insights in their daily lives.

Dr. Petrou sees his relationship with his clients as a collaborative venture aimed at figuring out how to build or re-build a good life. The work is guided by scientific knowledge, careful observation, information gathering, and thoughtful action.  Dr. Petrou sees his role as listener, mentor, educator, trainer and coach. He strives to stimulate his clients’ natural curiosity and interest in productive work, rewarding relationships, and play. He likes to use metaphor to drive a point home, and humor to lighten things up. (Liverpool/North)

Joan Marie Myers, LCSW-R

Received her MSW from Catholic University in 1984. She has extensive clinical and supervisory experience with both mental health and substance abuse populations. Ms. Myers areas of expertise include the treatment of depression, anxiety and trauma with special emphasis on adolescents and children. She is also on the staff of the Syracuse Rape Crisis Center. (Liverpool/North)

Lenore Griffiths, Ph.D.

A licensed psychologist who has practiced in the Syracuse, NY area since completing her academic and professional training. Dr. Griffiths works in psychotherapy primarily with adults and adolescents, although her experience includes working with children and families as well. Dr. Griffiths works with people presenting with a variety of mental health problems, and has particular interest in the areas of mood disorders and adjustment issues. (Liverpool/North)

Robert J. Foresti, MS, CAS, LCSW-R

Provides individual, family, couples, and group therapy to adults suffering with grief/loss, depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, abuse, trauma, anger management, and interpersonal relationship issues. He offers treatment, psycho-education and coping skills training through a variety of modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and prolonged exposure therapy techniques. (Liverpool/North)

Kay Levering, LCSW-R

Kay is a certified social worker with over 25 years experience working with a wide variety of mental health issues. Special areas of interest include trauma, grief and loss, coping with disability and illness, aging, anger and assertiveness. She uses creativity and a focus on strength. Kay works with adolescents, adults, older adults, couples and groups. (Liverpool/North)

Susan Fabian, LCSW-R

A licensed clinical social worker with school based and agency experience as well as clinical affiliation. She has worked extensively with developmentally disabled children and families, multiply challenged children, individuals, couples, and families. Ms. Fabian offers treatment with a focus on the strengths of the individuals/families, and the use of their own story, toward creating a vision for change, growth, and healing. Susan provides help with loss, grief, divorce, depression, anxiety, and adjustment issues. (Liverpool/North)

Barbara Meyer, LCSW-R

Has extensive experience working with individuals ranging in age from adolescents through later adulthood with mood disorders, personality disorders, psychosis/delusional disorders, bipolar disorder, obsessive/compulsive disorder, substance abuse and chemical dependency, and sexual identity disorders. She has experience working with families, marriages and same sex relationships, bereavement issues such as infertility and other health losses, as well as traditional losses due to death or divorce. (Baldwinsville/Radisson)

Jack Houk, Ph.D.

Jack Houk, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who specializes in depression, anxiety, and dealing with life stressors. His expertise is in adjustment and coping problems in school, work, family and social settings. He also does personality assessment for clarification of diagnostic issues, neuropsychological evaluations and psycho-educational evaluations. (Baldwinsville/Radisson, Syracuse/Eastwood)

Wendy Hockenbary, LMHC

Ms. Hockenbary has over 15 years experience treating children, adolescents and adults in the age range of 5-80. Her areas of expertise are: depression, anxiety, trauma, loss, abuse, personality disorders and work/employment problems. She also provides treatment for children who have concerns with underachieving, defiance, phobias and social/relational issues. In addition to individual therapy, Wendy also works with couples and families. (Baldwinsville/Radisson)

Lisa McDermott, LCSW-R

A certified social worker specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults and families through a variety of treatment modalities including individual and family therapy. Ms. McDermott received her Masters Degree from Syracuse University and has worked in various setting including an outpatient substance abuse treatment center, a school setting, and an outpatient mental health agency. She is especially interested in the treatment of depression, anxiety, substance abuse and relationship issues. (Syracuse/Eastwood)

Toni McCormick, Psy.D.

Dr. McCormick has 20 plus years of clinical experience treating a wide variety of psychological problems in adolescents and adults.  In addition to anxiety, depression and adjustment disorders, she has specific training in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, ADHD, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders and Eating Disorders.  She uses a variety of therapeutic approaches, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT),  psychodynamic therapy, dream work, relationship/interpersonal/therapy, to achieve realistic goals.  She also enjoys working with couples.

Behavior Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Behavior Therapy for Children and Adolescents

Often the child or adolescent doesn’t understand or even know why they are behaving the way they are.

Often psychological interventions for children focus on educating the parent on how best to change the child’s behavior problems through changing the environment, including the use of appropriate consequences. For some problems, however, such behavioral strategies are not enough.

During childhood, adolescence, and the teenage years, it’s is common for children to experience occasional problems as they grow and mature. They experience conflicts at home over such issues as toilet training, bedtime and homework. Children encounter problems with parents and peers as they attempt to establish a personal identity and practice relating to others.

As a child is faced with new situations, demands and expectations, it is common for the child to experience emotional ups and downs characterized by feelings of sadness, fear and anger. Often the child or adolescent doesn’t understand or even know why they are behaving the way they are. They only know that they feel pain, worry, sometimes fear. So, how does a parent know when it is time to seek professional assistance for their child? AT Psychological HealthCare, we look at a number of factors in determining the appropriateness of therapy. First, we evaluate if the emotional distress is disrupting daily functioning, threatens to overwhelm the child or interferes with the achievement of age-appropriate developmental milestones.

Through beginning to understand the problem we can help the child or adolescent understand themselves as well as the parents understand and how to best help their child. Talking with a therapist can help determine what is typical behavior and when a parent should be concerned.

Therapy for Individuals

headersCPsychological counseling can be a powerful tool that can make a difference in personal happiness and life satisfaction.

Are you feeling unfulfilled, depressed, anxious, isolated, driven, or out of touch with yourself and with life around you and nothing seems to help? Maybe you’ve tried to fix things on your own, but that hasn’t worked. Sometimes it can be awkward and difficult to talk with those around you about what is troubling you. You may feel criticized, misunderstood, inarticulate, or maybe you are even concerned that you are boring or burdening others. You might notice yourself finding unproductive or destructive ways of dealing, and coping such as withdrawal, denial, addictions, avoidance or by being overly controlling.

Psychological counseling can be a powerful tool that can make a difference in personal happiness and life satisfaction. Therapy can produce results in overcoming self-defeating thoughts, emotions and behaviors. We start by looking at what it is that is concerning and troubling to you, or if you can’t identify it, you and your counselor will begin with whatever is on your mind. It can sometimes feel awkward to be opening up to a stranger, but there are a lot of benefits. You are not required to worry about the counselors needs, and counselors responses will be accepting, interested and non-controlling. Our job will be to recognize your uniqueness and understand your concerns. As you are moved to open up more, we will collaborate in finding meaning in what you share, and in doing so, uncover what is authentic, joyful and loving individual inside of you.

The Stresses of Chronic Illness

The Stresses of Chronic Illness: Chronic Pain, Headache,  Fibromyalgia, Diabetes, IBS

Stress is a part of everyone’s life whether they have a chronic illness or not. Stress happens when changes we are not in control of occur. Having a chronic illness only intensifies the situation. And knowing that you will never be in control of your illness doesn’t mean you have to be overwhelmed by it either.

The chronic disorder, treatment requirements, hospitalization, and possible surgery all increases your worries about physical appearance, maintaing your independence, and disrupting your relationships.

In some cases, having a chronic illness can touch off depression, a potentially serious but treatable illness itself. The challenge for the therapists and the patient is to decide whether symptoms of depression are just a normal reaction to the stress of having a chronic medical condition, or so intense or disabling that they require additional specific antidepressant treatment.

Psychological HealthCare’s goal is to work as a team to create for you mental, emotional and physical health plan that is unique in its focus on the experience of chronic illness from your perspective.

The Behavioral Management of Pain

SS26037The Behavioral Pain Management Program at Psychological HealthCare employs psychologists and clinical social workers who specialize in the behavioral management of pain and work with physical medicine physicians to help patients manage and reduce their pain.

Our behavioral pain management specialists can help reduce physical pain in many ways. The can teach relaxation technique such as progressive muscle relaxation. They can use imagery and hypnotic techniques designed to reduce the experience of pain. They can employ psychotherapeutic techniques to change cognitions and behavior that affect pain.

Chronic pain patients often become anxious and depressed because they are in constant pain, and the pain keeps them from functioning in many important life roles such as family, recreational and occupational activities. These functions include the ability to work and provide for their families, and to function normally in their relationship roles, including their sexual relationships. Financial hardships frequently accompany chronic pain problems due to the patient’s inability to work, which then affects feelings of self-worth and can lead to increased depression and anxiety.

Cognitive/behavioral psychotherapy can be used to help patients modify their emotional reactions to pain. This therapy can be employed to restructure thinking and shift any negative self-defeating pain-enhancing thoughts to more relaxation-oriented and reality-based thinking. It can also be used to motivate the patient to make life-style changes that could decrease pain such as beginning a moderate exercise program or losing weight. Changes in perception brought about by this therapy reduce the negative effects of these life stressors, that in turn reduces levels of anxiety and depression, increases feelings of self-worth, and thereby decreases the perception of pain.

All of these issues are often successfully addressed in a comprehensive pain management program that includes cognitive/behavioral psychotherapy, relaxation training, hypnosis, and guided imagery.

Substance Abuse

Many people use substances to change how they feel. They might drink a cup of coffee to get started in the morning, or have a beer to unwind at the end of a day. While using substances may begin as a matter of choice, a way to relax, or an activity to do with friends, at some point some people may begin to get into trouble. Sometimes there is a direct connection between using substances and difficulties like when they miss work to spend the day in a bar, or when they use drugs and the police are called. They might experience cravings, spend more and more time in substance seeking, and use substance even in the face of potentially devastating consequences.

Sometimes the effect of alcohol might show up more subtly, as when individuals have more arguments with family members or, increasingly, do not get along with others. A person might begin to skip important family activities, become involved in dangerous activities (using equipment while drunk or high), or become involved with the law (e.g. DUI). What is really interesting about substance abuse is that the user can begin to have trouble without being aware of it (denial), even when experiencing escalating consequences.
Substance abuse is not a moral failing. It is a brain disease that affects multiple brain waves, including those involved in reward and motivation, learning and memory, and inhibitory control over behavior.

It is sometimes tough to draw the line between substance use and substance abuse. One instrument that is used to begin to look at someone’s alcohol use is the CAGE questionnaire. (Other instruments may be used to look at other substance use). Take a minute now and answer these four CAGE questionnaire questions:

1. Have you ever felt you needed to Cut down on your drinking/drug use?
2. Have people Annoyed you by criticizing your drinking/drug use?
3. Have you ever felt Guilty about your drinking/drug use?
4. Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning (Eye-opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

– Do you ever experience memory loss or ‘blackouts’ from your drinking/drug use?
– Has your drinking/drug use ever created problems between you and your spouse, or parents?
– Have you ever been in trouble at school or work due to your drinking/drug use?
– Have you ever had legal problems due to your drinking/drug use?
– Have you ever noticed, or been told, you become unpleasant when you drink/use drugs?

If you answered “yes” to two or more of these questions, you might want to give your alcohol/drug use a second look. In any case, if the effect of using substances is interfering in your life, it might be something to explore.
People who struggle with substance abuse issues may suffer from mental health issues as well. A dual diagnosis – the presence of substance abuse and mental health issues, presents challenges to both the individual affected and the treatment provider. Having two diagnosis signals a need for a more integrated approach to treatment.

At Psychological HealthCare we professionally assess each individual at admission. Patients who receive treatment for substance abuse – who are also suffering from mental health issues – will be seen and treated by a therapist to address underlying mental health issues.

Stress-Related Illnesses

Stress-related illness, often referred to as Psychosomatic Disorders, begins with emotional stress or a damaging thought pattern. It manifests itself through physical symptoms that are real. Stress-related illness is very common and it can harm you as much as the symptoms that you feel from it. Many people tend to write off stress-related illness as not being real, but it is a serious condition that should be dealt with.

Aging can also influence or compound psychosomatic disorders, especially those generated by depression or depression caused by stress. This is also related to stress-related disorders caused by the loss of loved ones or even retirement. In this case, the person often exhibits the onset of physical disorders as they relate to aging.

In order to maintain good health and peace of mind, it is important that you learn how to control your stress and eliminate unnecessary stress from your life. There are various methods that you can utilize to create a healthier lifestyle and to live a more stress free life.

There are a variety of treatments available for stress-relates disorders. Psychological HealthCare provides psychotherapy and alternative therapies to help individuals through this condition and find stress relief.

Specialized Eating Disorders Treatment

Eating disorders are defined by a persistent pattern of atypical eating or dieting behavior. Recognizing eating disorders can be very difficult and diagnosis should be left to a professional. Because everyone today seems concerned about weight, and because most people diet once in a while, it is hard to tell what is normal behavior and what may escalate to threaten life and interfere with work, school, and relationships. What constitutes normal and disordered eating is somewhat blurry. Formal evaluations for diagnosis and treatment should only be made by qualified clinicians.

Unlike some treatment programs, Psychological HealthCare employs a comprehensive approach for those who are looking to make real changes in helping to insure a healthier and happier future for themselves. We have two Eating Disorders Partial Hospital Treatment Programs—Centre Syracuse and Buffalo Centre. From individual to group sessions, from nutrition education to respectful monitoring and guidance, our approach provides an effective plan for creating immediate and long-lasting change.

Centre Syracuse and Buffalo Centre are leading-edge psychologically-based therapeutic day programs located in Central and Western New York specifically designed for the treatment of eating disorders. Our multidisciplinary team of Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa experts address these complex eating disorders with comprehensive and consistent care in a non-institutional, safe and respectful setting. By incorporating evidence-based practices into each individual’s treatment plan both Centres provide life-changing clinical services and educational therapies.

Sleep Disorders

Once sleep apnea, narcolepsy, or other underlying medical conditions are ruled out, individuals who present with insomnia, classified as psychophysiological insomnia, can be treated with a variety of cognitive and behavioral interventions that will address the various sleep problems such as difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, and early awakening. The patients are instructed in sleep hygiene (some examples below).

• Avoid stimulants such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol too close to bedtime. While alcohol is well known to speed the onset of sleep, it disrupts sleep in the second half as the body begins to metabolize the alcohol, causing arousal.
• Avoid napping during the day; it can disturb the normal pattern of sleep and wakefulness.
• Exercise can promote good sleep. Vigorous exercise should be taken in the morning or late afternoon. A relaxing exercise, like yoga, can be done before bed to help initiate a restful night’s sleep.
• Food can be disruptive right before sleep; stay away from large meals close to bedtime. Also dietary changes can cause sleep problems, if someone is struggling with a sleep problem, it’s not a good time to start experimenting with spicy dishes. And, remember, chocolate has caffeine.
• Ensure adequate exposure to natural light. This is particularly important for older people who may not venture outside as frequently as children and adults. Light exposure helps maintain a healthy sleep-wake cycle.
• Establish a regular relaxing bedtime routine. Try to avoid emotionally upsetting conversations and activities before trying to go to sleep. Don’t dwell on, or bring your problems to bed.
• Associate your bed with sleep and drowsiness. The first and best step you can take is to not be on your bed when you watch TV, play computer games, or read e-mails.
o If you are awake for more than 15 minutes, get out of bed. Do something nonstimulating, like reading, until you tire. Then return to bed when tired. Try to associate the bed with being pleasantly drowsy, rather than tossing and turning, upset and awake.
o Remember that sleep is a natural drive and our goal is to let our body’s need and desire for sleep take over.
• Make sure that the sleep environment is pleasant and relaxing. The bed should be comfortable, the room should not be too hot or cold, or too bright.

It is helpful to practice a relaxation technique, such as meditation. a breathing method or progressive muscle relaxation, to help clear arousing thoughts from your mind and focus on neutral ideas that will facilitate sleep.

Sexual Dysfunctions

Every person is unique, but when you face a challenge like sexual dysfunction you are never alone. Countless men and women have faced exactly the same diagnosis and have survived and thrived.

The primary characteristic of a sexual dysfunction is the impairment in normal sexual functioning. This can refer to an inability to perform, pain, or having a strong repulsion of sexual activity, or an exaggerated sexual response cycle or sexual interest. A medical cause must be ruled out prior to making any sexual dysfunction diagnosis and the symptoms must be hindering the person’s everyday functioning.

The specialized therapist at Psychological HealthCare are here to help you navigate your journey with the best psychotherapy treatment that has helped others when they faced the same challenge.

Relationship Building

Relationship Building through therapy focuses on cultivating the building blocks of social connection — such as referencing, emotion sharing, and experience sharing — where trained therapist support individuals and families to alter their interaction and communication styles.

At Psychological Healthcare we take the time to examine the relationships in your life, at home, at work, and socially. If you have been having trouble connecting with yourself and reconnecting with the people you love, individual therapy can be a helpful and highly successful solution.