Jonathan Berkowitz Offers Useful Ways to Respond Calmly To Stress

In the years that Jonathan Berkowitz has been a licensed clinical social worker, he has helped many distraught individuals. Jonathan Berkowitz reports that the stress which troubled people carry around with them can have some very serious health affects. To put it plainly, Jonathan Berkowitz says that too much stress can shorten lives. Jonathan Berkowitz also observes that many people respond to stress rashly. Jonathan Berkowitz notes that stress causes people to lose their tempers, become depressed or otherwise lose control of their lives and conduct.

According to Jonathan Berkowitz, stress can be traced to two different sources; internal and external. Internal stress, notes Jonathan Berkowitz, comes from the way a person thinks, feels and acts about their world. External stress, says Jonathan Berkowitz, comes from people or situations outside of the stressed individual. No matter the type of stress, cautions Jonathan Berkowitz, it’s important that it does not get the best of you.

Jonathan Berkowitz suggests that an effective technique for responding calmly to stress is taking a “time out.” This is the simplest way, says Jonathan Berkowitz, to start taking control of a stressful situation. Abruptly stop the conversation or activity, explains Jonathan Berkowitz, that is causing you stress. Jonathan Berkowitz suggests going to another room or taking a short walk to cool off. If leaving the area is not an option, says Jonathan Berkowitz, close your eyes and count to 10. Start with this simple action to take yourself out of the current of the stress, instructs Jonathan Berkowitz.

Stress tends to agitate a person’s body, says Jonathan Berkowitz, which becomes immediately apparent in his or her breathing patterns. People tensed by stress, notes Jonathan Berkowitz, tend to take shallow breaths. These shallow breaths, adds Jonathan Berkowitz, do not allow the body to get enough oxygen. So if you are feeling stressed, says Jonathan Berkowitz, remember that you can regain control by taking healthy breaths. A good deep healthy breath, explains Jonathan Berkowitz, is moved in and out of the body by the diaphragm. Jonathan Berkowitz says that a stressed shallow breath, by comparison, is pushed in and out of the body by the chest.

Look at the way a relaxed baby breathes, says Jonathan Berkowitz, and notice how its belly is doing the moving. Next take a look at the breathing of a tense adult, continues Jonathan Berkowitz, and notice that the heaving chest is doing all the breathing work. Jonathan Berkowitz points out that many people find abdominal breathing rather soothing because it slows them down, in both body and mind. Abdominal breathing is also very efficient, concludes Jonathan Berkowitz, because it delivers a larger supply of oxygen to your brain.

About Jonathan Berkowitz

Jonathan Berkowitz received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Queens College in Flushing, New York in 1994. Following studies at the Long Island University, Jonathan Berkowitz became a certified school social worker and school Psychologist in 1997. Jonathan Berkowitz earned a Masters of Clinical Social Work from New York University in 1999, and later was recognized as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). In 2000, Jonathan Berkowitz was issued a Post Masters certificate in Early Childhood and Adolescence Psychotherapy. Jonathan Berkowitz obtained Post Masters certification in Gestalt Therapy from the Gestalt Association of Psychotherapy in New York City in 2002.

It was while Jonathan Berkowitz was studying at Queens College that he served in the Brooklyn Public Schools as a special Education Instructor from 1993-1994. Jonathan Berkowitz also served as a school Psychologist and Social Worker in Brooklyn with the Board of Education. Additionally, Jonathan Berkowitz did an internship in social work at Maimonides Psychiatric Outpatient in Brooklyn.

During 1999 and 2000 Jonathan Berkowitz worked as an outpatient social worker, MSW, CSW at New Hope Guild in Brooklyn, New York. Jonathan Berkowitz served as Administrative Assistant, MSW, and LMSW at Fordham Tremont Center in Bronx, New York during 2003-2004. Additionally, Jonathan Berkowitz offered his services as Clinical Social Worker, MSW, and CSW to the Jewish Board of Family & Children Services in Brooklyn, New York from 2002 through 2006.

During 2004–2005, Jonathan Berkowitz worked at the Bikur Cholim Department of Clinical Services in Rockland, New York as Administrative Director, MSW, and LMSW. Jonathan Berkowitz currently maintains a private practice in Teaneck, New Jersey focusing on children, adolescents, couples, and families.

To contact Jonathan Berkowitz, call 646-338-5424 or email For more information about his services visit

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