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Therapy for Depression in New York

Depression can take us away from the life we want. Therapy for depression can help you lighten the burden you’re carrying and learn how to engage more confidently and effectively in your life.

Depression doesn't have to hold you back from what is most meaningful to you.

Depression is very real to anyone experiencing it. If you or a loved one are currently depressed, then you certainly understand the pain and struggle it takes to make it through the day.

The good news is that you can find plenty help in New York City.  And if that professional help is using best practices, there is good reason to believe your (or your loved one’s) symptoms can begin to improve within weeks not years.

Depression is a condition that makes a person feel very much of the time. It affects a depressed person’s feelings, thoughts, and behaviors.

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What are Depression Symptoms?

Depression symptoms can look very different for New Yorkers or anyone working hard to get ahead, who doesn’t have time for a sick day. Sadness and apathy are often associated with depression. And those are clearly common symptoms. But many people with depression in NYC may just push through those.

How Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Depression Can Help

New York Behavioral Health professionals use best practices. Since we use scientifically supported treatments for anxiety, there is good reason to believe your (or your loved one’s) anxiety symptoms can begin to improve very soon.

How therapy for depression works:

Step one

Connect with your therapist by either completing our matching form or reaching out to our care coordinators over the phone.

Step two

Attend a 45 minute intake session, where you will get to know your chosen therapist. The point of this visit is to learn what brought you to therapy and how we can help.

Step three

In each ongoing session, you and your therapist will use trusted therapy approaches to help you develop and reach your goals. Collaboratively, you and your therapist will connect in a safe, comfortable space to help you engage in your life in the way you want.

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Common questions

You may still have questions about therapy for depression.

Depression may have had a grip on your life for as long as you can remember. Even if this is true, CBT can still help. CBT has been proven to effectively treat depression. We know it is not easy to get started, but we can help you get started so you can reduce your suffering. If you are interested in more technical details about depression, please continue to read below, but at any point feel free to reach out to us if we can be of help.

Everyone experiences stress and difficulties from time to time. However, if you find yourself struggling to function most of the time, you may benefit from individualized care and treatment. If you’re struggling with depression, know that you’re not alone, and no level of depression is too small to seek help.

Life can get busy, especially amid hectic New York life. It can feel like there’s never enough time to make therapy a consistent part of your routine. However, if you’ve tried keeping it together and are at the end of your rope, allotting 45 minutes in your schedule for therapy with a trusted provider can offer you tools that you can take with you for long-term symptom relief. You may even find value in attending just a few therapy sessions.

How often you schedule therapy depends on a couple factors: your preferences, your therapist’s recommendations, and scheduling and availability. Individual sessions are 45 minutes long. In order to ensure that your therapy meets your goals, you and your therapist will collaborate and check in with one another to determine that your treatment is on track.

The out of pocket cost of therapy at NYBH ranges from $50 – $450. We are happy to find an affordable, manageable plan for your financial capacities. Group therapy may also cost less than individual therapy. If you have out-of-network benefits through your health insurance, we can provide you with an invoice that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement.

We accept cash and checks, as well credit cards, and will keep one on file in our secure portal to pay for your sessions.

You can start by completing our matching form. Based on preferences you share with us, we’ll offer therapist or coach recommendations to help you match with your perfect fit.

You’re welcome to also call us at (646) 599-3498 or send us a message through our contact form.

If you don’t want to wait and are ready to get started now, you can visit our therapist calendar to schedule an appointment online.

Learn More about Depression Treatment

If you are interested in more technical details about Depression Treatment, please continue to read below, but at any point feel free to call us if we can be of help. In New York City, there are many psychologists and therapists who use different scientifically supported techniques to successfully treat depression.

Feeling Depressed in NYC

In New York City, if you are suffering from depression, you might relate to a few of these experiences:
  • You feel alone in a crowded metropolis, and feel alone in the middle of the crowd.
  • You (or a depressed loved one) might want to spend less time with friends, even though there are lots of places and events you could visit or attend in NYC with friends.
  • You may have no motivation to go to such places, even though there are numerous theaters and shows on Broadway or cultural events at Lincoln Center.
  • You might feel like you would rather escape from people by spending time alone in your apartment.
  • Waking up to work may be overwhelming and just getting out of bed may be a struggle.
  • Showering may feel like an arduous task.
  • In the workplace in one of the buildings in Manhattan, you might not have the energy to do your work well.
  • You might even find it boring and pointless, and just an 8 – 5 grind.
    Commuting in the New York City subway may also make you feel all alone.
    At home in your apartment, you may feel like crying all the time, especially at night.

    Even if you live in the biggest, most culture-rich, and liveliest city in the world, nothing feels good.

What Causes Depression in NYC?

Evidence suggests that there are biological causes to Major Depression.  It is more common in close relatives, even when controlling for a child might learn or pick up from their parents.  

Many biological factors are related to depression. Insufficient amounts of neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, or dopamine in various brain regions, or too much cortisol, cytokines, or other related stress-related hormones are all related to depression.

Cognitive Behavioral (learned) theories have also been used to explain the origins of depression. Aaron T. Beck, a psychiatrist believes there are three kinds of negative distorted thoughts that cause depression, and he calls them the Cognitive Triad.

What is the Cognitive Triad?

Negative thoughts about the:

1. Self, 
2. World, and the 
3. Future  


Albert Ellis’ theory of emotional disturbance holds that global evaluations of worth, such as “I am a failure,” or “Life is miserable,” may be the root cause of depression. These two theories are closely related. And both lead therapists to help depressed clients learn to identify problematic depression causing thoughts and cultivate thoughts that lift depression.

Martin Seligman’s depressive explanation focuses on how a negative event or many of them can lead a person to believe he or she is helpless. His theory focuses on how people can believe that no matter what they do, their circumstances, their feelings, their relationships, and their future will be the same—dreary. So, why even try to make things better. Doesn’t this sound just like depression some times feels?

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy for Depression

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) practiced at New York Behavioral Health that has been shown to improve depressive symptoms in 14 sessions.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for Depression

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a behavior therapy that has been shown to decrease depression in a short number of weeks. Research has shown that clients had reductions in depression and anxiety. In addition, they were better able to function, i.e., get out of bed, make it into work, fully participate and enjoy a social event.


And overall their satisfaction with life improved. ACT is a therapy that approaches depression a little differently than REBT, but has lots of scientific support. It also utilizes some exercises that rooted in mindfulness, if that is something you might like to learn.

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) is pretty much exactly what it sounds like. This is a cognitive therapy that has integrated mindfulness. Clients learn how to identify depressive thoughts they connect with in a way that cause problems. They then learn exercises that enable them to get distance from these thoughts and help them to shed feelings of depression.

Therapy for Depression at New York Behavioral Health

New York Behavioral Health practices all three of these therapies as well as traditional behavior therapy, all of which can help you become less depressed. We have staff members who have conducted research on REBT and MBCT, and have taught ACT at the graduate level. So our staff are well equipped to help you with depression.

Treatment should be determined by a professional, e.g., licensed psychologist, psychiatrist, licensed social worker, or licensed mental health counselor.  Depression has been successfully treated by cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT), psychopharmacological treatments, interpersonal psychotherapy, and physical exercise.  It is important for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan to be developed with a clinician, not through self-treatment.  

The majority of depressed people begin to “feel better” within a few meetings with a properly trained psychologist and may have symptom reduction in as little as eight to 12 weeks.  There is evidence that relapse rates may be reduced by particular kinds of treatment.