Dr. Sodaro utilizes a supportive and eclectic approach to psychotherapy seeking to work out underlying life stresses and concerns and make behavior changes. This approach can be a highly effective treatment for anxiety.
The doctor often uses a cognitive behavioral approach to generalized anxiety disorder, focusing on teaching specific skills to identify negative thoughts and behaviors and replace them with positive ones. Even if an undesirable situation doesn't change, you can reduce stress and gain more control over your life by changing the way you respond. Medication therapy may be used as an adjunct.
After the Psychiatric Evaluation, Dr. Sodaro will discuss treatment options.
The goals of treatment include freeing the mind from negative fixations and helping to relax and enjoy life. One needs to be able to meet life's challenges with enthusiasm, wisdom and joy. Supportive psychotherapy decreases mental and emotional distress through active cultivation of mental clarity, inner calm, compassion, emotional equanimity, and greater resilience. Negative thoughts about ourselves harm us.
Many depressions can be treated in Dr. Sodaro's office. However, severely ill patients may require referral to hospital, at least initially.
For those patients able to be seen in the office, there are several types of effective psychotherapy for depression. Cognitive behavioral therapy is one of the most commonly used therapies. This type of therapy helps you identify 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 feel or behave. Even if an unwanted situation doesn't change, you can change the way you think and behave in a positive way.
Dr. Sodaro utilizes a supportive, eclectic, and multi-modal approach to psychotherapy of PTSD, overall seeking to work out underlying life stresses and concerns and make behavior changes.
The doctor first of all uses cognitive therapy to help you recognize problems in thinking (cognitive patterns) that are keeping you stuck — for example, negative or inaccurate ways of perceiving normal situations. In PTSD treatment, cognitive therapy often is used along with a behavioral therapy called exposure therapy, which helps you safely face the very thing that you find frightening. In so doing, you can learn to cope with it effectively.
Different wars produce different issues. While there are many sharedexperiences, the Korean, Vietnam, First Gulf War, and the Iraqi/Afghanistan theatres have very different types of stress.
Medication therapy is also commonly required. The problem with PTSD is that there exists an enormous variation in patient response to medications, so that each PTSD patient is highly unique.
Both of Dr. Sodaro's parents were Officers in the United States Army, and he has a long interest in the special needs of military veterans. Dr. Sodaro's father had two Purple Hearts and Two Bronze Stars, and suffered combat related PTSD. The doctor is very sensitive to the needs of this population. The psychiatric needs of veterans are commonly ignored and/or inadequately treated. With proper help, even conditions that are chronic and long lasting can show significant improvement.
Edward Sodaro MD
Amityville, NY 11701
Phone: (631) 691-0807
Located in beautiful Old Amityville Village near the southern end of Route 110.
We accept Aetna, many Blue Cross/Blue Shield plans, many United Healthcare plans, regular Medicare, and several Medicare HMO and Advantage plans.
Individuals already currently on prescribed controlled medications such as "sleeping pills," benzodiazepines (i.e. Xanax, Valium) or opiates (i.e. Suboxone, Vicodin, Percocet, Morphine) are NOT accepted as new patients.
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Every other Saturday (10AM to 4PM)
Please also note the emergency service hours.