Depression and Anxiety

Common Challenges
Depression and anxiety present pervasive challenges, impacting daily life and overall well-being. Individuals grappling with depression often face persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and a lack of interest in once-enjoyable activities. Anxiety manifests as excessive worry, fear, and heightened stress, making routine tasks daunting. Both conditions can lead to sleep disturbances, difficulty concentrating, and strained relationships. Seeking professional help is crucial to address these challenges, offering a path towards understanding, coping strategies, and improved mental health.
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*Due to the COVID-19 pandemic anxiety disorders grew to 374 million people affected, which is about a 25% increase
TREATMENT METHODS AND APPROACHES

How we address depression and anxiety?

We understand anxiety and depression as signals to tune into deeper systemic issues that need support rather than disorders to eliminate. Our licensed therapists create judgment-free spaces for self-insight and empowerment using research-backed modalities tailored to your needs.

Whether persistent worry, panic attacks, low moods or loss of interest – symptoms often arise when external situations or relationships trigger internal distress, highlighting unmet needs. We compassionately uncover root causes and self-perpetuating patterns like traumatic memories, negative thought cycles or unhelpful behaviors. Customized treatment integrates stress reduction practices while building skills to process challenging emotions, better manage expectations and nurture healthy connections.

As new insights take shape, we ensure emerging changes align with your values for sustainable growth. The focus is on a holistic, destigmatizing approach that meets clients where they are through collaborative exploration of underlying dynamics of anxiety and-or depression. The goal is sustained, client-centered change through skill building and self-discovery with compassionate guidance.

We use

Our clinic employs a diverse range of treatment methods and approaches tailored to each individual’s unique needs.

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is utilized to identify and modify negative thought patterns and behaviors, promoting healthier coping mechanisms.
  • Mindfulness-based techniques help clients cultivate present-moment awareness and manage stress.
  • Interpersonal therapy (IPT) focuses on improving communication and relationships to alleviate emotional distress.
  • Medication management is considered when appropriate, with our team collaborating closely with clients and healthcare providers.
  • Additionally, our therapists integrate holistic approaches, emphasizing lifestyle changes, self-care, and supportive resources.

Our Therapists Who Specialize in Treating Depression and Anxiety

Jewel James, Ph.D.

Dr. James received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Education. While having therapeutic goals are an important aspect of treatment, it is not always the case that goals are readily identifiable. She prefers psychodynamic therapies as they focus on the process of treatment more than its goals.
Therapist Alyssa Gallo

Alyssa Gallo

Alyssa Gallo is a Mental Health Counselor in the state of New York. She has completed postgraduate training on Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and Habit Reversal Training (HRT) from the CBT School and Cognitive Behaviour Institute. Alyssa enjoys a holistic approach and holds the belief that the mind and body both play a role in determining our overall wellness.
Therapist Kate McMilan

Kate McMillen, Ph.D.

Dr. McMilln received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Adelphi University. She works in psychodynamic, interpersonal approaches. She is a member of the LGBTQ+ community and proficient in working with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, self-harm, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

"It's physically hard to open your mouth and make the words come out. They don't come out smooth and in conjunction with your brain the way normal people's words do; they come out in chunks as if from a crushed-ice dispenser; you stumble on them as they gather behind your lower lip. So you just keep quiet."

SELF HELP

Why it's difficult to overcome depression & anxiety on your own

Overcoming depression and anxiety on one’s own can be an immensely challenging journey, marked by numerous interconnected factors that contribute to the complexity of these mental health conditions. Firstly, the very nature of depression and anxiety often undermines an individual’s capacity for self-help. The overwhelming feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or constant worry can create a sense of inertia, making it difficult to muster the energy or motivation to initiate self-care practices.

One major obstacle lies in the distorted thought patterns characteristic of depression and anxiety. Negative self-talk becomes pervasive, distorting perceptions and creating a cycle of self-doubt. This cognitive distortion impedes the ability to see situations realistically, fostering a belief that improvement is unattainable, reinforcing the sense of helplessness.

Moreover, the isolation often associated with depression and anxiety can be a formidable barrier. The inclination to withdraw from social interactions diminishes the potential for external support. The lack of meaningful connections can perpetuate a sense of loneliness, exacerbating the emotional burden of these conditions. The belief that others won’t understand or that one is a burden can further entrench the isolation, hindering the possibility of seeking assistance.

Ask for help today!

Self-help may not address underlying issues that contribute to depression and anxiety

While self-help strategies can be beneficial for many individuals dealing with mild forms of depression, relying solely on self-help without professional guidance may pose risks. Such as: misdiagnosis, worsening symptoms, isolation and lack of support, ineffective coping mechanisms, overemphasis on positive thinking, ignoring physical health factors, risk of self-medication, to name a few.

Resources

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