Pain, sadness and Fear are OK
Ruminating is not necessary.
Learn how to Say NO to Suffering.
Welcome to My Practice in Washington DC. In my personal and professional experience, we can't expect to have no pain, no sadness, or fear. Life, at its nature introduces all of these feelings as well as the other feelings in the positive end of the spectrum. I am a collaborative and interactive psychologist. My goal is to first, learn from the patient what hurts, but also, in what way they prolong their suffering. I help my patients to accept the possibility. that all emotions are equally valuable. I allow them (at least in my office) to explore and experience a wide spectrum of emotions in response to different aspects of their reality. Suffering happens as a result of thinking that having negative feelings is AWFULL.
Problems are often created when we stop the normal flow of emotion-cognition-action. We try and "forbid" certain emotions, or we elevate other emotions.
Specializing in multi generational approach to solving behavioral, health, or mental health problems, I help patients address long standing positive and negative familial patterns related to the permission to talk about problems openly. As we develop tolerance to imperfection, to the possibility that no one is above pain, sadness, and fear, we can stay in the rational realm, when addressing life challenges.
Orna Goldwater, PhD
I am a collaborative and interactive psychologist. Practicing independently, Since 1996, I bring to my patients a common sense approach to understanding and managing psychological and other life problems. As a clinical, family & health psychologist, I speciliaze in treating symptoms associated with Depression, Anxiety, adjustment disorders that impct mood and fear, and may physical problems that have both pysical, psychological, and behavioral /cognitive symptoms. These conditions include: ADD/ADHD, Addictions, Fibromyalgia, Chronic and deteriorationf conditions such as muscular dystrophy ans parkinson's. I believe that conversations about change lead to repeated exposure and practicing the target behaviors till they become natural. Motivation is an important aspect that seperates success from failure.