Chronic Depression & Persistent Depressive Disorders Therapy NYC

When depression lingers for years, it can make you feel like there’s no hope. Therapy for chronic depression, or persistent depressive disorders, can help you lighten the burden you’re carrying and learn how to engage more confidently and effectively in your life.

Therapy for Chronic Depression & Persistent Depressive Disorders

If you’re struggling with chronic depression, you know how exhausting it is to just get through. However, if you’re here, it’s because you know it doesn’t have to be this way. Our NYC therapists are here to help you move forward.

Types of Therapy that Help Chronic Depression

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is the approach our NYC therapists seek to reduce the intensity and frequency of a client’s emotional pain, suffering, and self-defeating behaviors. CBT can help clients to cultivate skills leading to goal achievement and life satisfaction by assessing and treating:

  • Cognitions what we think
  • Behaviors what we do and say
  • Emotions how we feel
  • Relationships how we interact with others

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy

Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a form of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT).  It has been applied to various mental disorders, e.g., anxiety, anger, depression, personality disorders, eating disorders, etc. REBT was created by Dr. Albert Ellis. Al Ellis was originally trained as a psychoanalyst and began practicing psychoanalysis in New York City. After working with his patients for some time, he became dissatisfied with the lack of progress they were making. At this point he decided to return to his long-term passion, philosophy, to see if the wisdom there could benefit clients.

He developed the ABC model of emotional disturbance largely based on the work of philosophers who emphasized the role of beliefs and thinking in influencing emotional states.  The REBT ABC model is an acronym that stands for Activating Events, Beliefs, and Consequences. Consequences include both emotional consequences and behavioral consequences. REBT therefore conceptualizes emotional disturbances like anxiety, as a result of the combination of  an activating event and one’s beliefs about the activating event, the self, life and the future.

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.

What is Persistent Depressive Disorder or Chronic Depression?

Persistent Depressive Disorder (or chronic depression) is a mood disorder similar to depression.  The symptoms of Persistent Depressive Disorder may be a little less intense, but unfortunately they tend to last much longer than those of clinical depression, i.e., major depressive disorder.  If you have Persistent Depressive Disorder, you may have mistakenly attributed your low energy or difficulty getting things done to your personality.

You may have even been called lazy or told you had a negative attitude by others.  It is troubling that too often Persistent Depressive Disorder goes undiagnosed and a person doesn’t receive treatment for Persistent Depressive Disorder and instead carries around the burden of self-blame and is unfairly judged by others.

Common Symptoms of Persistent Depressive Disorder or Chronic Depression

  • Poor Appetite or Overeating
  • Insomnia or Oversleeping
  • Low Energy or Fatigue
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Poor Concentration
  • Difficulty with Decision-making
  • Feelings of Hopelessness

Chronic depression can significantly impair relationships and have real implications for work productivity, and daily functioning. And, because the symptoms are there so long you may believe that is just the way you are and that nothing can change.

Others may believe that about you too, but that mood is not who you are and neither is the lack of energy, being tired, or having difficulty getting things done.

Those things can change. Your life can improve. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) can reduce the pain of chronic depression.

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How Therapy for Chronic Depression Works

Step one

Connect with your therapist by either completing our appointment request 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’ll connect in a safe, comfortable space to help you engage in your life in the way you want.

Contemporary care

Empathetic Experts

Our therapists and coaches have combined decades of experience and are specially trained to provide high quality, compassionate support for your health and wellbeing.

Goal oriented

We’re dedicated to using evidence-based methods to ensure you receive the most effective treatment and meet your goals.

Here to support you

personalized matching

We know that having a better relationship with your therapist leads to better outcomes, so we carefully match you with the right therapist to fit your unique needs.


compassionate care

It’s important to our therapists that you feel safe, seen, and understood in therapy. Our offices are judgment-free spaces.

Are you struggling with chronic depression?

Chronic depression may have had a grip on your life for as long as you can remember. Even if this is true, our expert NYC therapists can still help. Cognitive Behavior Therapy has been proven to effectively treat depression. We know it is not easy to get started, but we can help you through every step of the way, so you can reduce your suffering.

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