Psychiatric, Psychological, and Specialty Services
Long Island Psychiatric offers a comprehensive range of diagnostic and clinical services for children and adults.
- Specialized Diagnostic Evaluations for Children and Adults
- Psychopharmacology and Medication Management
- Individual and Family Psychotherapy Services
Specialized Diagnostic Evaluations for Children and Adults
Long Island Psychiatric specializes in comprehensive psychiatric assessments. Our psychiatrists are uniquely qualified to determine the most accurate diagnosis while also carefully screening for commonly missed co-existing conditions. Accurate assessments provide the basis for the most effective treatment strategies.
At Long Island Psychiatric, we strive for excellence in diagnostic assessment and in carefully formulated individualized treatment.
Psychopharmacology and Medication Management
Medications are often a crucial part of recovery from many neurobiological disorders such as ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder and certain behavioral symptoms associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Psychiatrists at Long Island Psychiatric have extensive training and experience in treating a wide array of neurobiological and psychiatric conditions. Our team approach emphasizes the importance of using medications in conjunction with talking and behavioral therapies to achieve the best possible treatment outcome and prognosis.
At Long Island Psychiatric we understand that when it comes to choosing a right treatment, there is no �one size fits all�. Our treatment selection is based on up-to-date clinical research and neuroscience, with special attention to the individual�s personal and physiological make-up. Psychiatrists at Long Island Psychiatric believe that proper medication selection and overall treatment success begins with establishing the most accurate diagnosis and a thorough assessment to uncover commonly missed co-existing conditions.
Long Island Psychiatric provides careful ongoing follow-up care for those on medication treatment. Typically patients on medications are seen every 4-6 weeks to monitor response, adjust dosing and carefully assess for possible side-effects and metabolic issues.
Individual and Family Psychotherapy Services
Psychotherapy is a general term for a way of treating mental and emotional disorders by talking about your condition and related issues with a mental health professional. It's also known as talk therapy, counseling, psychosocial therapy or, simply, therapy.
Through psychotherapy sessions, you may:
- Learn about the causes of your condition so you can better understand it.
- Learn how to identify and change behaviors or thoughts that adversely affect your life.
- Explore relationships and experiences.
- Find better ways to cope and solve problems.
- Learn to set realistic goals for your life.
Psychotherapy can help alleviate symptoms caused by mental illness, such as hopelessness and anger, so that you can regain a sense of happiness, enjoyment and control in your life. Psychotherapy can be short-term, with just a couple of sessions, or it can involve many sessions over several years. It can take place in individual, couples, family or group sessions. Sometimes psychotherapy is combined with other types of treatment, such as medication.
Common types of psychotherapy include:
Art therapy, also called creative art therapy, uses the creative process to help people who might have difficulty expressing their thoughts and feelings. Creative arts can help you increase self-awareness, cope with symptoms and traumatic experiences, and foster positive changes. Creative art therapy includes music, dance and movement, drama, drawing, painting and even poetry.
Behavior therapy focuses on changing unwanted or unhealthy behaviors, typically using a system of rewards, reinforcements of positive behavior and desensitization. Desensitization is a process of confronting something that causes anxiety, fear or discomfort and overcoming those responses. If you have a fear of germs that triggers you to excessively wash your hands, for instance, you might be taught techniques to stop your excessive washing.
Cognitive therapy is designed to help you identify and change distorted thought (cognitive) patterns that can lead to feelings and behaviors that are troublesome, self-defeating or self-destructive. It's based on the premise that how you interpret your experiences in life determines the way you feel and behave. If you have depression, for instance, you might see yourself and your experiences in negative ways, which worsens the symptoms of depression. Like behavior therapy, cognitive therapy focuses on your current problem, rather than addressing underlying or past issues or conflicts. Unlike behavior therapy, however, your experiences are an important part of the cognitive therapy process.
Cognitive-behavior therapy combines features of both cognitive and behavior therapies to identify unhealthy, negative beliefs and behaviors and replace them with healthy, positive ones. It's based on the idea that your own thoughts — not other people or situations � determine how you behave. Even if an unwanted situation doesn't change, you can change the way you think and behave in a positive way.
Interpersonal therapy focuses on your current relationships with other people. The goal is to improve your interpersonal skills — how you relate to others, including family, friends and colleagues. You learn how to evaluate the way you interact with others and develop strategies for dealing with relationship and communication problems.
Play therapy is geared mainly for young children at specific developmental levels. It makes use of a variety of techniques, including playing with dolls or toys, painting or other activities. These techniques allow children to more easily express emotions and feelings if they lack the cognitive development to express themselves with words.
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