Stress Treatment in New York

Dr. Robert Schachter – Director

Assistant Clinical Professor

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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Stress Treatment in New York

For Individuals

We treat your stress by using a blend of Cognitive Therapy methods, Mindfulness techniques, and Relaxation exercises, the program teaches you the skills to minimize stress.

Many people believe that stress is a fact of life. If you live in today's fast paced world with work and children and aging or sick parents, you are under stress. For most people, there is only so much time in a day, so much money being earned. When a shortfall in either occurs, how can you not be under stress? Well, you don't. There are skills you can learn at Stress Centers Of New York that will change your response to stress forever. You do not need to feel stress.

When you are under stress, your body goes into the same response as when you are under attack.

This same reaction occurs, however, if you have a work assignment that you are late with. It occurs when you find your budget is tight at the end of the month. It also will occur when your two children each have soccer games at the same time. It's great when you need to survive, but gets taxing in the day to day world.

There are two access points to reverse the effects of stress. The first is how you see the stressful event. Stress is actually not caused by the situation. It is caused by how you interpret it. The first thing we do is teach you Cognitive Therapy techniques developed by Dr. David Burns, the author of FEELING GOOD and FEELING GREAT. Cognitive Therapy is based on the theory that the way you feel is determined by how you see a situation. If you are anxious, depressed, or under stress, you often do not see it realistically. The therapy is essentially to teach you a skill set. These skills involve identifying the thought that underlies the feeling. You are then given tools to determine how realistic the thoughts are. When they are not, you are given more tools to replace them with more realistic thoughts. The result is that you feel better in a short time.

The second point of access is changing your body's response to the stress. We do this with Mindfulness and Relaxation. We next teach you the skills of Mindfulness, as described in Dr. Schachter's recent book, Mindfulness for Stress Management. This is the art of staying in the present moment and separating from the thoughts are creating pressure.

The final part is to teach you a range of Relaxation Skills. Knowing how to relax your body reverses the effects of chronic stress.

There are two types of stressors, external and internal. External stressors are situations that are problematic and create stress. For that we teach a set of problem solving protocols that help you find other ways of addressing the situation.

The other stressors are internal. These come from the ways you get yourself upset. For this we teach you Cognitive Therapy. The stress you feel is often a result of situations you find yourself in. Your personality characteristics also control it. For example, if you are constantly anxious, you will often worry unnecessarily. That worry creates stress. If you are a procrastinator, you come upon deadlines when there is not enough time to meet them properly. That creates stress. If you are a perfectionist, you may be striving for perfection to the point that your project does not get finished or is late. We help you identify these patterns and reverse them.

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