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.
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.
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.
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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?
Our therapists and coaches have combined decades of experience and are specially trained to provide high quality, compassionate support for your health and wellbeing.
We’re dedicated to using evidence-based methods to ensure you receive the most effective treatment and meet your goals.
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.
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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:
Dialectical Behavior Therapy was originally developed by Marsha Linehan for the treatment of individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), but has since been shown to be effective therapy for many concerns.
DBT contains four treatment modes that aim to address five functions. The four treatment modes are individual therapy, group skills training, phone coaching on an as-needed basis, and therapist consultation meetings.
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 (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.
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.
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.
Connect with your therapist by either completing our matching form or reaching out to our care coordinators over the phone.
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.
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.