Evan Podolak, PsyD

Psychologist in Mamaroneck, New York

The Importance of Community for Your Mental Health

Our mental health significantly impacts our quality of life, so it makes sense that we would want to do all we can to improve it. This may include things like eating healthy foods, exercising, and getting enough quality sleep each night. But there is something else that greatly influences our mental health and that is…

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What is Exposure and Response Prevention?

Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) refers to a pattern of unwanted thoughts and fears (obsessions) that cause an individual to perform repetitive behaviors (compulsions). These thought patterns and behaviors significantly impact a person’s daily activities and quality of life. What is Exposure and Response Prevention? Exposure and response prevention (ERP) is a form of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)…

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The Pandemic’s Impact on Student Mental Health

At no other time in history have schools had to face so many challenges. The COVID-9 pandemic required teachers, students, and faculty to quickly pivot and move classes to an online environment during times of great uncertainty. Despite the work involved to keep education going, students of all ages have still been significantly impacted by…

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How to Cope with Holiday Stress

The holidays are here and that means many of us will begin losing our patience and good cheer. Well, can you blame us? The holidays are one of the most stressful times of the year. Between shopping, decorating, and dealing with various social stresses, it’s enough to pull your hair out! If you tend to…

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The Computer Brain and Cognitive Therapy

  When I got my first real Windows computer back in the 90’s, my father told me about the importance of de-fragging the hard drive and deleting “junk files” (those that never had a purpose) and “temp files” (those that once had a function but are no longer useful).  He stressed, and a quick google…

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3 Keys to Happiness in Daily Life

It doesn’t take a whole new routine to instill a dose of happiness into your day—but it does take a little self awareness. 1. Be grateful for the good & the bad. Research shows, grateful people are happy people. It’s also important to understand that happiness is not the absence of negative feelings. Gratitude is…

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