Research using Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI, at Harvard Medical School shows that for some people with depression, the brain patterns that occur with mindfulness meditation continue during other activities. That’s a promising discovery in the continuing efforts to explore options or complementary treatments for depression, along with psychotherapy or medication. Harvard neuroscientist Gaëlle Desbordes […]
New View of Hypochondria Replaces Worry with Rational Thoughts People who constantly worry about having an illness, even when medical exams find there’s nothing wrong, used to be called hypochondriacs. They might worry that a cold was pneumonia or that a headache was a sign of a brain tumor. But when the doctor found no […]
Innovative Therapy Group and Poetry Help Teens Deflect Violence Teenagers who live in violent neighborhoods have to live among fights, shootings and a community often teetering on the edge of anger. That knife edge of daily life can cause young people to over-react automatically, sometimes violently, when confronted with something like having their jacket stolen […]
Emily M. Balazs, LICSW
Adolescents (17+), adults and older adults, couples
The decision to enter into therapy can be a difficult one to make for many reasons. Though for most people, the thought of letting oneself be vulnerable is quite uncomfortable and scary and can be enough of a deterrent to seek help.
I see therapy as an opportunity to create more space and possibility in one’s life. In my work over the past eight years I have seen that through the safety and containment of a therapeutic relationship, being vulnerable can begin to feel less frightening and can create a path towards profound healing and deeper connection with others outside of the therapy room. On this path, I seek to help people to see and know the stories they tell about themselves and others, how those stories impact their lives, how cultural messages influence how we feel about ourselves and how they have been shaped and internalized over time. Through this process, it is possible to gain a deeper understanding of the suffering being experienced which then increases a sense of control and decreases the likelihood of being overtaken by emotional or psychological distress. I have found through both professional and personal experience that the more we can see the problems we face in their totality, the more we can empower ourselves to change their course.
- Addiction and co-occurring disorders
- End of life and grief/bereavement
- Managing and adjusting to the onset of complex medical conditions
- Relationship challenges
- LGBTQ and sexuality exploration work
- Social oppression and stigmatization
- Psychotic disorders
- Mood/anxiety disorders
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My approach to therapy is highly collaborative and is based in Relational-Cultural Theory, Attachment Theory and Feminist Theory. Models of treatment that I use primarily include Narrative Therapy, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, Liberation Psychology and Motivational Interviewing, but I also have experience in utilizing meditation and mindfulness based interventions as well as Cognitive-Behavioral and Dialectical-Behavioral strategies and tools when needed. I have worked primarily in community based mental health programs in both the clinician and supervisory role.
Working Through Mental Illness Psychologist Ellen Holtzman has a practice in Wakefield, Mass. and often works with clients who have anxiety. The psychologist reviews the anti-anxiety medication one client is taking, and though it’s often effective for many people, it seems less effective for Ann, her client. Holtzman and Ann work with cognitive behavioral therapy, […]
What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and What Makes it So Darn Effective? If you have paid even a little bit of attention to the language of psychotherapy and personal improvement in recent days, chances are you have heard about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and how it has become the preferred method of treatment by many […]
Social Anxiety Disorder is the third most common psychiatric illness, and depending on the definition one uses- the incidence is believed to be anywhere from 5 to 13 percent of the population in the United States suffer from it in their lifetime. What is Social Anxiety? Social Anxiety manifests in various ways some of which […]
Article discussion incidence of depression, types of depression, and treatment for depression.
We use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy to treat anxiety. How CBT works: repetitive negative thoughts influence choices. The patient is encouraged to identify actions which help bring negative feelings to life. As these actions and ideas are enhanced and promoted in therapy the negative and destructive choices weaken and dissipate. Discussed by Aaron Gilbert of Boston […]
Characteristics of OCD OCD in one form of severity or another is very common. OCD is characterized by cycles of Obsessions (intrusive thoughts such as germophobia) and corresponding Compulsions (ritual behaviors like hand washing) It is best understood as an Anxiety Disorder It can be extremely painful and debilitating It can be effectively treated with […]