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stress treatment psychologist for Rockland, Westchester, Bergen, Passaic, Orange County, Hudson Valley, Northern New Jersey
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293 Christian Herald Road
Suite A
Valley Cottage, NY 10989
(845) 353-2229

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THE Discovery Summer Program
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The Program

The Discovery Summer Program is fluid. There is no rigid agenda that must be adhered to. There are no criteria to be met, checklists to cover, exams to take. The Program is both individual and group oriented. Participants are taught that we all have special gifts to be shared. Participants are encouraged to communicate with each other so that everyone can understand and learn from one another. The message is that we are all interconnected. We can all learn from each other.

Each day begins with a morning meeting called “circle group time”. The day’s agenda is presented, and time is devoted to discussing thoughts, feelings, and hopes for the day. Dr. Vincent D’Amico, a Clinical Psychologist, Interfaith Minister, Doctor of Integrative Medicine, Certified Nutritional Consultant and director of The ADD/ADHD Diagnostic & Treatment Center and The Family Stress Reduction Institute, guides and facilitates discussions. The discussions are not pressured or rushed. Participants are encouraged to “say everything” that comes into their awareness. However, privacy is respected and no one is ever pressured to speak. Experience suggests that a safe, comfortable environment is conducive to self-expression, learning and exploration.

Although the day is dynamic and fluid, there is a structure in place that ensures that time is devoted to the following:

  1. Relaxation/Meditation Exercises
  2. Taking Care of the Earth, Keeping In Mind the “Seventh Generation”
  3. Physical Activities (martial arts, Yoga stretching, sports)
  4. Nutrition
  5. Gardening
  6. Healthy Food Preparation
  7. Artistic Activities
  8. Biofeedback and Neurofeedback
  9. Sound Therapy
  10. Electronic Transdermal Point Stimulation (ElectroAcupuncture)
  11. Daily Trips
  12. Daily Group Discussions

Relaxation/Meditation Exercises

Stress is an impediment to spiritual, emotional, and physical health. Learning how to manage stress naturally gives children and adolescents a sense of personal power. Breathing techniques, such as diaphragmatic breathing, is an excellent way to reduce fatigue and stress. EEG Biofeedback (Neurofeedback) is a modern technique that teaches cognitive control of brainwaves. Diaphragmatic breathing is an ancient technique that teaches proper breathing technique. Integrating ancient and modern knowledge act synergistically to promote learning self-regulation and stress reduction strategies. Sound therapy is another way to teach self-regulation. Listening to certain sounds can sooth, triggering the parasympathetic nervous system, or excite, stimulating the sympathetic nervous system. Electronic Transdermal Point Stimulation (ElectroAcupuncture) is yet another method of teaching auto-regulation. The synergistic effects of these interventions can promote improvements in attention, concentration, impulsivity, and overall sense of wellness and empowerment.

Taking Care of the Earth, Keeping In Mind the “Seventh Generation”

We all have a responsibility to care for the earth, and each other. When some Native American tribes made decisions, they thought about how their actions might affect the seventh generation. This thoughtful attitude incorporated a respect for “mother earth.” Children are taught about ways to be respectful of our natural resources. Trips and hikes are taken that foster learning about balance in nature, and the importance of living in harmony with it.

Physical Activities (Martial Arts, Yoga Stretching, Sports, Dance)

Physical activities are excellent to foster confidence, maintain emotional balance, and release tension. Children are taught to include exercise in their daily life to promote self-control and body-space relationships. The philosophical underpinnings of Martial Arts and Yoga are discussed and demonstrated by “role-playing” scenarios designed to teach these principles.

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