Therapy

How is DBT Used for Eating Disorders?

How is DBT Used for Eating Disorders? 2560 1707 Long Island Counseling Services

Integrative Approaches to Enhancing Emotional Regulation and Recovery Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) has emerged as a significant therapeutic approach for managing and treating eating disorders, offering a structured pathway towards emotional regulation, distress tolerance, and improved interpersonal relationships. Recognized for its efficacy in addressing a broad spectrum of mental health challenges, DBT’s application to eating disorders focuses on the complex interplay between emotional dysregulation and maladaptive eating behaviors. This therapeutic model provides individuals with the…

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What is Complex PTSD and How Might EMDR Treat It?

What is Complex PTSD and How Might EMDR Treat It? 2560 1637 Long Island Counseling Services

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (Complex PTSD) emerges from prolonged exposure to traumatic circumstances, leading to significant emotional, psychological, and sometimes physical distress. This condition differs from PTSD, which might result from a single traumatic event, in that it stems from long-term trauma such as sustained abuse, prolonged conflict exposure, or continuous personal violations. The pervasive nature of this trauma can profoundly affect an individual’s mental health, manifesting in a variety of symptoms that can greatly…

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Why is it Disordered Eating and Not “Eating Disorders?”

Why is it Disordered Eating and Not “Eating Disorders?” 2560 1756 Long Island Counseling Services

At Long Island Counseling Services, we provide support for patients that are struggling with their mental health. This includes conditions like anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating. Typically, these have been referred to as “eating disorders.” But you may have noticed, if you’re searching for an eating disorder therapist, that the term that many are using now is “disordered eating.” So is disordered eating different from an eating disorder? Why are therapists using different terms? Difference…

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Mental Health is the Resolution That Lasts a Lifetime

Mental Health is the Resolution That Lasts a Lifetime 2560 1707 Long Island Counseling Services

Happy New Year from our team here at Long Island Counseling Services! We hope that you’ve been able to reach goals and overcome challenges in 2023, and that – together – we can overcome challenges in 2024 and beyond. During this time of year, many of us are thinking about goals and resolutions. Even those of us that have given up on the general idea of “resolutions,” many of us still reflect back on the…

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What Does It Feel Like to Binge Eat

What Does It Feel Like to Binge Eat 2560 1707 Long Island Counseling Services

When discussing binge eating, the conversation often veers towards the physical ramifications—weight gain, digestive issues, or the like. However, it’s crucial to shift the spotlight onto the emotional and psychological aspects of this eating disorder. While binge eating might manifest outwardly through excessive food consumption, it’s often the internal emotional turmoil that fuels this behavior in the first place. The Emotional Build-Up Before a Binge Before delving into the experience of binge eating itself, it’s…

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Therapy Options for Bulimia

Therapy Options for Bulimia 2560 1707 Long Island Counseling Services

Eating disorders have a wide variety of symptoms, causes, and difficulties. Bulimia is one of the most common forms of disordered eating. It involves periods of binge eating (excessive food consumption) followed by purging (typically vomiting or laxatives) that can lead to poor health, stress, anxiety, depression, and more. But therapy can help. Therapy with an experienced therapist or counselor can help patients with bulimia manage the symptoms and take better control over their eating…

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Healthy Habits for Healing from Trauma

Healthy Habits for Healing from Trauma 2560 1707 Long Island Counseling Services

Despite how things may feel after surviving a traumatic experience, everyone has the ability to live a meaningful and healthy life. No matter what you’ve gone through, healing is possible no matter the trauma of your past. That isn’t to say healing is a simple task, or that it will feel easy long way. The road to healing has a lot of potential distractions and that seem like shortcuts and often the only way forward…

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How to Identify Traumatic Triggers

How to Identify Traumatic Triggers 2560 1733 Long Island Counseling Services

Every day we experience more emotions than we can keep track of. Whether it is happiness, sadness, anger, disgust, fear, confusion, or anything in between, we are often expected to be ready to respond to a wide variety of emotions. At any given point these emotions can also catch us off guard due to something we’ve experienced in the past, or because of an uncomfortable situation we are currently in. These emotional “triggers” are often…

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Children Are Resilient – But Resilience Can’t Be Predicted

Children Are Resilient – But Resilience Can’t Be Predicted 1698 1132 Long Island Counseling Services

You’ll often hear people say that children are “resilient” as a response to their ability to overcome trauma. In many ways, it’s true. Children have the unique ability to smile after they’re in trouble, or to play after they cry. They get hurt and then forget about their pain with a bit of distraction. They are able to feel and express love only minutes after a tantrum. Kids are amazing at moving forward. But that’s…

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What is Situational Depression?

What is Situational Depression? 150 150 Long Island Counseling Services

Depression is complex. Some people develop depression gradually due to both biological and environmental factors. This type of depression is treatable, but because it is not due to a specific event, it often requires a broader approach to address the many potential factors that played a role in its development – as well as those that are still creating ongoing symptoms. But not all depression develops this gradually. Sometimes, depression is a result of a…

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