My name is Dr. Rachel Gerstein and I’m a special needs mom and a licensed clinical psychologist. I went into the field of psychology because I am simply fascinated by people – specifically, why they behave and feel the way they do. My first job out of graduate school was in a big group practice where I focused on treating adolescents and adults with emotion dysregulation and suicidal ideation. I quickly saw how difficult it was for the parents of the adolescents I treated to cope with the severe behavioral and emotional issues in their children. In groups with other parents going through something similar, the parents immediately connected and supported each other through some dark times.
Shortly thereafter, I had my own kids with special needs. I, too, learned firsthand how isolating and terrifying it sometimes is to be a special needs parent.
After 5 years, I left the group practice to follow my dream and start my own private practice in Westchester. As a result of my personal experiences, I decided to shift the focus of my work to include helping parents of children with special needs. If all parents need time and space to take care of themselves so that they can better take care of their children, special needs parents need even more.
In my work with special needs parents, and in my own life, I have found that mindfulness and cognitive behavioral strategies can be immensely helpful. Mindfulness, in particular, can help parents to stay calm during difficult moments while also be fully present during the amazing positive moments. I currently work with special needs parents both individually and in group formats. I lead an ongoing Mindfulness-Based Support Group for Special Needs Parents on Mondays in Mt Kisco. I also offer cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy for depression, anxiety, and related conditions.
Please visit my website www.mtkiscocbt.com or email me firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or if you would like to set up a free phone consultation