Depression Therapist in New York, NY
Losing oneself in depression, and therefore experiencing all its unfortunate repercussions, is oftentimes a misunderstood journey. It’s nearly impossible to explain, even for the individual experiencing it. Below is some helpful information to guide you through your first steps away from depression.
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What Is Depression?
Depression is a complex mental health issue that can affect all aspects of an individual’s mental and physical wellbeing. It exists as a chemical, cognitive, physical, and spiritual interaction, manifesting itself in overwhelming feelings of hopelessness, disinterest, fear, and even suicidal ideations. As with all mental health struggles, depression is a multi-faceted amalgamation of symptoms, with each individual having varied experiences and reactions. It becomes difficult to gauge normal, healthy reactions to life, such as grief, sadness, loneliness, and so on, and separate them from disproportionate depressive symptoms. The feeling of drowning in one’s own life exists at its foundation, making even small steps towards recovery seem impossible. Everyday tasks, such as hygiene, social interactions, work, even household chores, become immense obstacles and you need to know that this progression towards accepting this ‘new norm’ is reversible. Recognizing the signs of depression progression is the first step, followed by learning to cope and become a healthier you.
It becomes vital to establish the distinction between the depressive symptoms and the individual, who you are. Depression’s all-encompassing nature makes it feel as though there is no answer, no way out, and certainly no options for easing and coping with your pain. In addressing this through an integrative, body-mind therapeutic approach, your depression can be tackled from all angles, providing you with a chance to recover and find yourself again. Depression, like most mental health issues, has a source, a reason, or a combination of reasons for its existence. It’s a slow progression into a depressive episode that requires many social, cognitive, and physical factors to unfortunately align. Depression is messy, and our therapists know this and will always address your concerns, whatever they may be, with empathy and unconditional acceptance. We want to break your negative feedback loop and shine a light on what your life could be again.
Remember, these are mere possibilities and can be interconnected or not involved at all.
- Contextual/situational circumstances (COVID-19)
- Physical imbalances/lifestyle choices
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Post-Partum (see other service page)
- Bipolar Disorder
- Clinical Depression
This list is not the end all be all and depression can take many forms.
Cognitive symptoms: hopelessness, anxiety, lack of interest in previously enjoyable things, apathy, sadness, lack of self-esteem, extended grief, low mood
Physical symptoms: weight loss or gain, fatigue, trouble sleeping (insomnia)
Behavioral symptoms: difficulty concentrating, agitation, general indifference, social distancing
Our Therapeutic Approaches
Your Counseling Experience
Each therapeutic experience is different, and each session can unlock helpful and new paths to explore in the healing process. The below are just to give you a general idea, hopefully instilling a bit of confidence and easing of any worry associated with seeking treatment.
- 45-minute sessions generally, once a week
- Short-term work can last between 3-6 months or whenever you feel you’ve reached the version of yourself you were seeking
- Long-term work also lasts as long as you need
How We Choose Your Therapist
- What you need to reach mental well-being
- Your personality and energy
- Your communication style
- Our therapist’s specialties, training, interests, and own lived experiences
- Our therapist’s approach and communication style
In the Meantime
Extensive research has found that these simplistic and mindful lifestyle changes have a drastic effect on daily life. Give them a shot if you need some immediate peace.
- Experiencing nature
- Conscious, deep breathing
- Maintain an active lifestyle
- Healthy diet