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Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Sep 19, 2012
One of the first questions prospective clients often ask me is, "What is CBT for Anxiety?" CBT for anxiety isactive, hands onand emphasizes a problem solving approach to moving beyond obstacles. Be prepared to work hard and obtain results. In contrast to traditional talk therapy, you will find less emphasis on the past and more attention placed on what is blocking valu...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Aug 30, 2012
All of my clients begin treatment terrified of their anxiety symptoms.  The first few sessions are jam packed with statements such as, "You are going to think I am crazy if I tell you this..." or "I am so ashamed to admit that I...". I immediately reply, "I can guarantee you that whatever you are about to say, I have heard numerous times before and I will have no judgment about who you are, based...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Aug 27, 2012
QUESTION: My panic attacks really scare me. Could I pass out due to a panic attack?
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Aug 24, 2012
QUESTION:I have been struggling with panic disorder for over 10 years and am beginning to lose hope. I no longer go out and do the things I used to love, for fear that I will have a panic attack. Nothing seems to make the panic go away. What can I do?
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Aug 24, 2012
QUESTION: My child was recently diagnosed with OCD. I am trying to support her and love her very much but am struggling to understanding why everything is so difficult for her. It is emotionally exhausting to see how anxious she gets about small things such as her routine changing, her stuff not in order, etc. I am at the point where it is easier for me to just do what she asks of me instead of ...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Aug 12, 2012
Looking at the proud, beaming smile on little Alexandra's face almost makes me forget about all of the whining, tears and drama that built up to this moment. It was the last day of camp and Alexandra received a "Most Valuable Camper" trophy from her summer camp (as did every other child who attended the camp...luckily this statistical impossibility does not phase her five year old...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Aug 4, 2012
I often update my blog with the trials and tribulations of parenting. What I fail to mention, but what I know is a given, for all of my parent readers, is the joy and sheer delight that I obtain from hanging out with my magnificent, delightful and utterly delicious little children. I can eat them up. They are so funny, so interesting and interested, so in love with their mommy...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jul 26, 2012
Have you ever wished you had a remote control for your child? Imagine, at your finger tips, the ability to fast forward past temper tantrums, rewind the sweet moments, mute the "nails on chalk board" whining. Well, I have yet to stumble upon a full functioning remote control for children but there is a tool out there, which offers some of these benefits. I use the pause and on/off but...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jul 23, 2012
Today has been a loooooonnnnnggggg day, filled with parental ups and downs, with more downs than ups. The downs: Alexandra crying for mommy at camp drop off Alexandra getting frustrated when she could not tie my hair in pig tails (which, combined with the glossy pink lipstick she globbed on my lips, was quite a glamorous look) Alexandra getting frustrated when her little...
Dr. Debra Kissen posted a blog on Jul 22, 2012
It is amazing how teeny tiny environmental shifts can create mammoth behavioral changes. As a mom and as a pychologist (momchologist), I try to look for small entry points to reduce problematic behaviors while encouraging new, more effective behaviors. For my site visitors who read my 7/17 blog http://lightonanxiety.com/node/32677, todays update serves as part 2 of that entry. After writi...