1. Work With What’s Right in Front of You

    My clinical work is flourishing with clients who live in their heads. They are anxious or depressed and they are trapped in the middle of their thinking mind. It’s the worst sort of imprisonment. I know; I’ve been there. The mind of an anxious and/or depressed person tends to do an overly efficient job by thinking of all the things that have gone wrong (or could go wrong), in order to keep you…Read More

  2. GAY PRIDE, INDIVIDUALISM, AND CHANGE

    June is Gay Pride month, culminating this Sunday, June 24th with the NYC Gay Pride Parade. Gay Pride means many things to many people but usually involves taking a positive stance against discrimination and violence against LGBTQ people, promoting their self-affirmation, dignity, and equality rights, as well as increasing their visibility as a social group, building community, and celebrating sexu…Read More

  3. CHANGE FOR THE BETTER

    Growth inevitably requires change. No matter how hard we try, things never stay the same. Sometimes we avoid change and sometimes we embrace it. People change, relationships change and organizations change... Citron Hennessey is pleased to announce our new offices at 148 Madison Avenue. Sessions will commence June 1st. Our goal in therapy is to help you upgrade your operating system by changing yo…Read More

  4. WHY DO WE LOVE TO COMPLAIN?

    We all do it. Whether it’s the MTA, our significant other, or the weather, we love to complain about it. Some of us complain more than others; it almost seems as if complaining is at the center of our identity. You know who I’m talking about. That coworker, who, no matter how lush or lucrative the job, can’t stop complaining about it. Or that friend or family member for whom nothing will do…Read More

  5. BLAME AND RESPONSIBILITY

    In his book, Feeling Good: The New Mood Therapy, David Burns, a cognitive behavioral therapist whose book helped popularize the theory, identifies several cognitive distortions. Cognitive distortions are patterns of thinking that are false or inaccurate and have the potential to cause psychological distress. One of the distortions that Burns discussed was personalization - the act of blaming ourse…Read More

  6. UNPLUG FROM TECHNOLOGY AND PLUG BACK INTO YOUR LIFE

    Every morning and evening when I board the train, I’ve made a habit of looking around me and noting how many people are on some device - cell phone, tablet, laptop, kindle, anything at all. To no surprise, almost all passengers on the train are either looking at a screen or have headphones on that are connected to their device. It’s a bit strange to me that in a populated train car, not one co…Read More

  7. TAKING CONTROL OF SATISFYING YOUR NEEDS

    Every Valentine’s Day, we’re flooded with images of seemingly happy couples. For those of you who are single, or just don’t have a satisfying relationship of any kind, - a relationship with a friend, lover, family member, colleague, or even a pet - this is probably one of the several days out of the year where loneliness creeps up on you. When a sense of isolation sets in, one of your fundam…Read More

  8. HOW TO ACCEPT PARENTS THAT DON’T ACCEPT YOU

    The LGBT community has made unprecedented strides in gaining rights over the past many years, and acceptance has increased along with it. The vast majority of young people today believe in the equal dignity of gay people. Yet this belies the fact that there are still many whose parents don’t accept their sexuality. And being rejected by your family because of who you are can be an incredibly pai…Read More

  9. WHEN DIETS FAIL US: AN ANSWER TO YOUR DIET WOES

    How’s your diet going? If you’re killing it, keep on going and ignore the below. But if you’re starting to feel cracks in your “willpower” read on: Diet season is upon us. This is the time of year many people vow to make a change to finally lose the weight, if not just the extra pounds gained over the holidays. Losing weight is the quintessential fantasy. It’s all too easy to get lost …Read More