Depression Therapists in Brooklyn, NY

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Atiba Okera McLean
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11225  (Online Only)
In my clinical experience, I have addressed a variety of issues stemming from abuse, abandonment, depression, trauma, various forms of stigma, oppression, identity and other issues.
My ideal client is the individual who can acknowledge that they need help and is willing to challenge themselves. I am not a magician; I am just a therapist who is willing to go as far as you can. I am presently growing my practice and I have a group of clinicians who work with me. They are just as qualified and are committed to providing you with the services you need. If we are unable to assist you, we will not hesitate to make a necessary referral. Either way, we strive to be judgment-free.
In my clinical experience, I have addressed a variety of issues stemming from abuse, abandonment, depression, trauma, various forms of stigma, oppression, identity and other issues.
My ideal client is the individual who can acknowledge that they need help and is willing to challenge themselves. I am not a magician; I am just a therapist who is willing to go as far as you can. I am presently growing my practice and I have a group of clinicians who work with me. They are just as qualified and are committed to providing you with the services you need. If we are unable to assist you, we will not hesitate to make a necessary referral. Either way, we strive to be judgment-free.
(929) 348-2398 View (929) 348-2398
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Leslie Seligman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, BFA, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11222
I am a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience. I work with people who are struggling with a variety of problems including anxiety, depression, low self-worth, relational difficulties and trauma. I also treat individuals who want to get to know themselves better. If you and I decide to work together, I will guide you through the process of psychotherapy. I want to get to know you through careful and active listening, adding humor when useful to our dialogue. Talking about your difficulties, speaking aloud what may be challenging to say, this is how you can feel more open to new possibilities.
I am a licensed psychotherapist with over 20 years of experience. I work with people who are struggling with a variety of problems including anxiety, depression, low self-worth, relational difficulties and trauma. I also treat individuals who want to get to know themselves better. If you and I decide to work together, I will guide you through the process of psychotherapy. I want to get to know you through careful and active listening, adding humor when useful to our dialogue. Talking about your difficulties, speaking aloud what may be challenging to say, this is how you can feel more open to new possibilities.
(347) 809-6995 View (347) 809-6995
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Ellya Indradjaja
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11236
Hello there and welcome to my page! My name is Ellya Indradjaja and I’m a License Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) based in New York City. I specialize in treating clients with Anxiety, Stress, Relationship, Trauma, and Life Transition. I utilize varied theoretical approaches for each individual to promote healing and growth. I work with diverse population aged 18 or older. Most clients come to receive support in dealing with Anxiety-related issues. My specialties are Relationships, Family/Marriage issues, Stress from work or chronic illness, difficulties Life Transition, Trauma, and Depression.
Hello there and welcome to my page! My name is Ellya Indradjaja and I’m a License Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) based in New York City. I specialize in treating clients with Anxiety, Stress, Relationship, Trauma, and Life Transition. I utilize varied theoretical approaches for each individual to promote healing and growth. I work with diverse population aged 18 or older. Most clients come to receive support in dealing with Anxiety-related issues. My specialties are Relationships, Family/Marriage issues, Stress from work or chronic illness, difficulties Life Transition, Trauma, and Depression.
(929) 810-4725 View (929) 810-4725
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Matthew Word
Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW, CHT
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11215
I specialize in processing trauma and reducing anxiety and depression through my work as a Depth Hypnosis Practitioner with EMDR and Compassion Focused Therapy.
Helping people overcome life's difficulties while turning adversity into strength, emotional freedom, and joy is my professional mission. I use my diverse training to meet clients where they are, whether they are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, trauma, or emotional regulation. I aim to help clients find joy and stability.
I specialize in processing trauma and reducing anxiety and depression through my work as a Depth Hypnosis Practitioner with EMDR and Compassion Focused Therapy.
Helping people overcome life's difficulties while turning adversity into strength, emotional freedom, and joy is my professional mission. I use my diverse training to meet clients where they are, whether they are struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use disorders, trauma, or emotional regulation. I aim to help clients find joy and stability.
(347) 830-7358 View (347) 830-7358
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Jacqueline A Phung
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11215
I work with adults, adolescents, couples, and families to address a wide spectrum of concerns, some of which include depression and self-esteem, relationships, anxiety, and parenting.
Do you notice patterns of behavior that you’d like to explore further? Feel dissatisfied with the way things are currently in your life? By drawing from interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral (ie. CBT and ACT), and psychodynamic modalities, I empower clients to gain insight, define goals, and develop skills/tools to live meaningful lives consistent with their values. I see psychotherapy as an interactive process that can promote insight, create positive change, and foster growth. I also bring this perspective into my work with couples and families. I can provide couples/ family psychotherapy as well as discernment counseling.
I work with adults, adolescents, couples, and families to address a wide spectrum of concerns, some of which include depression and self-esteem, relationships, anxiety, and parenting.
Do you notice patterns of behavior that you’d like to explore further? Feel dissatisfied with the way things are currently in your life? By drawing from interpersonal, cognitive-behavioral (ie. CBT and ACT), and psychodynamic modalities, I empower clients to gain insight, define goals, and develop skills/tools to live meaningful lives consistent with their values. I see psychotherapy as an interactive process that can promote insight, create positive change, and foster growth. I also bring this perspective into my work with couples and families. I can provide couples/ family psychotherapy as well as discernment counseling.
(347) 441-0940 View (347) 441-0940
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Elizabeth (Liz) McInnes
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SIFI
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11238
I have extensive experience working for individuals who are coping with symptoms of trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, who are adjusting to life transitions and navigating relationships issues.
Welcome - My intention as your therapist is to help you understand your personal journey and empower you to make the effective changes that you are seeking. Consider me a collaborator as well as your therapist. We will work together to identify and develop insightful and practical tools that can help you reach your goals.
I have extensive experience working for individuals who are coping with symptoms of trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, who are adjusting to life transitions and navigating relationships issues.
Welcome - My intention as your therapist is to help you understand your personal journey and empower you to make the effective changes that you are seeking. Consider me a collaborator as well as your therapist. We will work together to identify and develop insightful and practical tools that can help you reach your goals.
(718) 524-3431 View (718) 524-3431
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Jorge Niveyro
Counselor, LMHC
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11207
I have a strong expertise with hyperactive behavior, attention deficit, behavior problems, learning problems, develomental problems, speech delay, depression, mourning process, anxiety, phobias, panic, domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, traumatic experiences, parents-children problems, family conflicts, couple relationship problems, sexual dysfunctions, habit modification.
When everything turns dark, the light that you see at the end of the tunnel will show you the way toward a new life.." " Counseling for a new life for You " " Cuando todo se torna oscuridad, esa luz que ves al final del tunel, te mostrara el camino hacia una nueva vida " " Consejeria para una nueva vida para Ti "
I have a strong expertise with hyperactive behavior, attention deficit, behavior problems, learning problems, develomental problems, speech delay, depression, mourning process, anxiety, phobias, panic, domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, traumatic experiences, parents-children problems, family conflicts, couple relationship problems, sexual dysfunctions, habit modification.
When everything turns dark, the light that you see at the end of the tunnel will show you the way toward a new life.." " Counseling for a new life for You " " Cuando todo se torna oscuridad, esa luz que ves al final del tunel, te mostrara el camino hacia una nueva vida " " Consejeria para una nueva vida para Ti "
(347) 694-8269 View (347) 694-8269
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Dr. Meghan Downey
PsyD
Not Verified Not Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242
Downey is committed to best psychological practice in the treatment of depression, anxiety, relationship issues and trauma.
Dr. Downey creates a warm, validating, and authentic environment for her clients. She specializes in working with adults facing a variety of challenges, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, disordered eating, and relationship difficulties. Dr. Downey is invested in supporting her clients improve their quality of life, alleviate suffering, create and sustain meaningful relationships and establish emotional well being.
Downey is committed to best psychological practice in the treatment of depression, anxiety, relationship issues and trauma.
Dr. Downey creates a warm, validating, and authentic environment for her clients. She specializes in working with adults facing a variety of challenges, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, disordered eating, and relationship difficulties. Dr. Downey is invested in supporting her clients improve their quality of life, alleviate suffering, create and sustain meaningful relationships and establish emotional well being.
(929) 410-6278 View (929) 410-6278
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RISE Counseling Services, LCSW, PLLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11216  (Online Only)
For a long time, you have tried to "hold it together." Perhaps, you may have prided yourself in your ability to power through challenging circumstances. You have finally reached your limit and the stress has taken its toll. I tell clients to think of therapy as a navigation system. You put the destination in the GPS and the GPS guides you in the right direction. Think of me as your guide. My clients are free to choose their destination. We may take detours, and pit-stops, but we will safely, reach those destinations. It is your turn to rise. RISE from overwhelming feelings, depression, loneliness, anger, self doubt and choose YOU!
For a long time, you have tried to "hold it together." Perhaps, you may have prided yourself in your ability to power through challenging circumstances. You have finally reached your limit and the stress has taken its toll. I tell clients to think of therapy as a navigation system. You put the destination in the GPS and the GPS guides you in the right direction. Think of me as your guide. My clients are free to choose their destination. We may take detours, and pit-stops, but we will safely, reach those destinations. It is your turn to rise. RISE from overwhelming feelings, depression, loneliness, anger, self doubt and choose YOU!
(347) 848-1309 View (347) 848-1309
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Glenn Zermeño
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R
Verified Verified
8 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11238  (Online Only)
I have extensive experience working with youth and adolescents, HIV/AIDS, anxiety, depression, chronic illness and substance abuse.
Are you looking for help with the challenges you face? Therapy can provide the supportive space to look at your life and make a change for the better. Often, relationships are at the heart of many of those challenges. You may want a better relationship with someone in your life. You may have a want to resolve the painful history of a past relationship. You may want a better relationship with yourself. Ultimately, you can have deeper and more meaningful relationships and feel better about yourself. I can help you find what you want.
I have extensive experience working with youth and adolescents, HIV/AIDS, anxiety, depression, chronic illness and substance abuse.
Are you looking for help with the challenges you face? Therapy can provide the supportive space to look at your life and make a change for the better. Often, relationships are at the heart of many of those challenges. You may want a better relationship with someone in your life. You may have a want to resolve the painful history of a past relationship. You may want a better relationship with yourself. Ultimately, you can have deeper and more meaningful relationships and feel better about yourself. I can help you find what you want.
(917) 746-3145 View (917) 746-3145
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Victoria Toscano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11209  (Online Only)
Depression and anxiety are some of the most debilitating conditions that a person can face. Caught in their grips we may feel overwhelmed and paralyzed. We may start to think that we are broken or that something is wrong with us. Not realizing that such conditions are far more common than we think. What makes it even more difficult is having nobody to speak to about our experience. You’ve dealt with this alone for long enough; let me show you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Imagine the dark cloud of depression lifting from your mind. See your anxiety melting away like ice in the sun.
Depression and anxiety are some of the most debilitating conditions that a person can face. Caught in their grips we may feel overwhelmed and paralyzed. We may start to think that we are broken or that something is wrong with us. Not realizing that such conditions are far more common than we think. What makes it even more difficult is having nobody to speak to about our experience. You’ve dealt with this alone for long enough; let me show you that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Imagine the dark cloud of depression lifting from your mind. See your anxiety melting away like ice in the sun.
(929) 238-8735 View (929) 238-8735
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Dr. Joseph Reich
Psychologist, PsyD, MSEd
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Be yourself - everyone else is taken! My practice focuses on people struggling with depression, anxiety, relationships, self-esteem, trauma, and anxiety. These often manifest as difficulties in romantic, social, and work success. I help my clients feel better about themselves, less alone, and more capable of loving and being loved. My clients end up feeling more comfortable in their own skins and engage in life, work, and relationships with greater confidence.
Be yourself - everyone else is taken! My practice focuses on people struggling with depression, anxiety, relationships, self-esteem, trauma, and anxiety. These often manifest as difficulties in romantic, social, and work success. I help my clients feel better about themselves, less alone, and more capable of loving and being loved. My clients end up feeling more comfortable in their own skins and engage in life, work, and relationships with greater confidence.
(347) 427-5541 View (347) 427-5541
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Margo M Hanan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11230  (Online Only)
In our first session, expect a personalized approach aimed at helping women heal from trauma, reduce anxiety and depression, enhance relationships, and excel in parenting.
Great to connect with you! I'm Margo, a licensed clinical social worker in the state of New York, bringing 15 years of experience to help you navigate through life's challenges. Specializing in anxiety, depression, and trauma-informed care, I utilize evidence-based practices, particularly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), to create a non-judgmental and safe space for clients to heal. My diverse background includes working with various populations, from teenagers in the juvenile justice system to children in foster care. Currently, I focus on supporting parents and addressing mental health issues for both children (0-5) and adults.
In our first session, expect a personalized approach aimed at helping women heal from trauma, reduce anxiety and depression, enhance relationships, and excel in parenting.
Great to connect with you! I'm Margo, a licensed clinical social worker in the state of New York, bringing 15 years of experience to help you navigate through life's challenges. Specializing in anxiety, depression, and trauma-informed care, I utilize evidence-based practices, particularly Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), to create a non-judgmental and safe space for clients to heal. My diverse background includes working with various populations, from teenagers in the juvenile justice system to children in foster care. Currently, I focus on supporting parents and addressing mental health issues for both children (0-5) and adults.
(718) 550-5308 View (718) 550-5308
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Latanya Buckham
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11234  (Online Only)
I am a Mental Health Counselor who has had the privilege of working with individuals experiencing depression, substance misuse, grief, sexual abuse, and trauma.
Are you feeling stuck? Unsure of what is next for you? Feeling weighed down by the daily stressors in your life? Looking for a new way to manage the relationships in your life? Is it possible that you are stuck in a cycle of trauma? If you answered “Yes!” to any of the questions above, I strongly believe we can make a great therapeutic team. Did any of the listed questions spark new questions? Let us explore those new questions!
I am a Mental Health Counselor who has had the privilege of working with individuals experiencing depression, substance misuse, grief, sexual abuse, and trauma.
Are you feeling stuck? Unsure of what is next for you? Feeling weighed down by the daily stressors in your life? Looking for a new way to manage the relationships in your life? Is it possible that you are stuck in a cycle of trauma? If you answered “Yes!” to any of the questions above, I strongly believe we can make a great therapeutic team. Did any of the listed questions spark new questions? Let us explore those new questions!
(347) 493-2402 x142 View (347) 493-2402 x142
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David Tulman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MAT
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11222
I’m an adult, adolescent, and child therapist who fosters a compassionate, nonjudgmental environment attuned towards growth and wellbeing. I offer support for individuals dealing with anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, depression, trauma, life transitions, and relationship issues and to people encountering professional or family challenges. Our work together will allow you to develop the tools you need to maximize your resilience and more capably and confidently manage life's challenges. I also offer child centered play therapy and a CBT and DBT integrated approach in my work with children.
I’m an adult, adolescent, and child therapist who fosters a compassionate, nonjudgmental environment attuned towards growth and wellbeing. I offer support for individuals dealing with anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, depression, trauma, life transitions, and relationship issues and to people encountering professional or family challenges. Our work together will allow you to develop the tools you need to maximize your resilience and more capably and confidently manage life's challenges. I also offer child centered play therapy and a CBT and DBT integrated approach in my work with children.
(929) 531-6909 View (929) 531-6909
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Adam Lukeman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, SIFI
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11211  (Online Only)
Especially, if you are fighting depression, anxiety, anger, relationship conflicts or major life transitions.
I have seen how much difficulty can arise during certain times in our lives. I've also learned that even the most challenging problems can be overcome, and how this is possible. For therapy to be beneficial, it is important to have a strong connection between client and therapist that is based in trust and honesty. The success of your treatment depends on your relationship with your therapist. The extent to which you and your therapist are on the same page is a great indicator of how well your hard work will pay off.
Especially, if you are fighting depression, anxiety, anger, relationship conflicts or major life transitions.
I have seen how much difficulty can arise during certain times in our lives. I've also learned that even the most challenging problems can be overcome, and how this is possible. For therapy to be beneficial, it is important to have a strong connection between client and therapist that is based in trust and honesty. The success of your treatment depends on your relationship with your therapist. The extent to which you and your therapist are on the same page is a great indicator of how well your hard work will pay off.
(646) 846-7031 View (646) 846-7031
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Megan Corry
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11242  (Online Only)
My clients are dealing with life changes, relationship issues, divorce, infertility issues, overwhelming schedules, depression, anxiety and family discord.
The therapeutic relationship is one that can bring great change and growth. I deeply invest in my clients and the work we do so to create the change you want and need. You goals will always lead but I am not a quiet therapist. I work with adults, couples and families in all forms. You will learn concrete tools to impact and improve your daily life so you can reach your goals. Trust is key and I will be a safe space for you to process your feelings and thoughts. Life is full of twists and turns.I will work with you to manage and grow from them.
My clients are dealing with life changes, relationship issues, divorce, infertility issues, overwhelming schedules, depression, anxiety and family discord.
The therapeutic relationship is one that can bring great change and growth. I deeply invest in my clients and the work we do so to create the change you want and need. You goals will always lead but I am not a quiet therapist. I work with adults, couples and families in all forms. You will learn concrete tools to impact and improve your daily life so you can reach your goals. Trust is key and I will be a safe space for you to process your feelings and thoughts. Life is full of twists and turns.I will work with you to manage and grow from them.
(646) 849-6061 View (646) 849-6061
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Mary Villena
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11215
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety and relationship issues. I have particular expertise working with neurodiverse individuals. For over 25 years, I have helped patients with issues such as trauma, work-related stress, family conflicts, parenting issues and infertility. My style is characterized by supportive and empathic understanding. Recognizing, however, that improvements in life will occur not just by "getting things off your chest," I am prepared to guide and challenge as well. I am comfortable working with individuals of all ages, ethnicities, and sexual orientation.
I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in the treatment of depression, anxiety and relationship issues. I have particular expertise working with neurodiverse individuals. For over 25 years, I have helped patients with issues such as trauma, work-related stress, family conflicts, parenting issues and infertility. My style is characterized by supportive and empathic understanding. Recognizing, however, that improvements in life will occur not just by "getting things off your chest," I am prepared to guide and challenge as well. I am comfortable working with individuals of all ages, ethnicities, and sexual orientation.
(718) 638-8015 View (718) 638-8015
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Elizabeth Mcgowan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Brooklyn, NY 11220
I have extensive background in working with individuals and couples with relationship issues; employment problems; depression and anxiety; low self-esteem; communication difficulties; trauma; bereavement; life transitions; domestic abuse; childhood history of sexual abuse and/or incest; menopause, aging-related issues for both men and women; and caregiver role stress.
I strive to make my clients feel safe, comfortable, heard, and understood from our first session. I believe the connection between therapist and client is essential to emotional growth and change and to establishing a relationship with trust, warmth, honesty, and mutual respect. I help my clients to use their strengths to solve here- and- now problems. I also help to address more entrenched issues that are negatively affecting the ability to feel happy and to reach goals. My style is holistic, interactive and down-to-earth, and I focus on emphasizing the positive towards reaching goals.
I have extensive background in working with individuals and couples with relationship issues; employment problems; depression and anxiety; low self-esteem; communication difficulties; trauma; bereavement; life transitions; domestic abuse; childhood history of sexual abuse and/or incest; menopause, aging-related issues for both men and women; and caregiver role stress.
I strive to make my clients feel safe, comfortable, heard, and understood from our first session. I believe the connection between therapist and client is essential to emotional growth and change and to establishing a relationship with trust, warmth, honesty, and mutual respect. I help my clients to use their strengths to solve here- and- now problems. I also help to address more entrenched issues that are negatively affecting the ability to feel happy and to reach goals. My style is holistic, interactive and down-to-earth, and I focus on emphasizing the positive towards reaching goals.
(347) 269-2393 View (347) 269-2393
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Anne Levy
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Brooklyn, NY 11215  (Online Only)
I work with patients who struggle with issues ranging from depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, post-traumatic stress disorder, medical issues, grief/loss, as well as age/role changes.
The fundamental core of my practice is the belief that each individual has the capacity for wisdom, growth and change with respect to his/her own life. I trust that the potential that is necessary for change is within each person, but this capacity may not always be evident or accessible. As a clinician, I believe that one of the most important components of psychotherapy is having an atmosphere which is supportive, patient, validating and compassionate. I approach my patients with integrity and a commitment to help you create a higher quality of life that resonates with your true self.
I work with patients who struggle with issues ranging from depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, post-traumatic stress disorder, medical issues, grief/loss, as well as age/role changes.
The fundamental core of my practice is the belief that each individual has the capacity for wisdom, growth and change with respect to his/her own life. I trust that the potential that is necessary for change is within each person, but this capacity may not always be evident or accessible. As a clinician, I believe that one of the most important components of psychotherapy is having an atmosphere which is supportive, patient, validating and compassionate. I approach my patients with integrity and a commitment to help you create a higher quality of life that resonates with your true self.
(718) 838-9362 View (718) 838-9362

Depression Therapists

What is the goal of therapy for depression?

Therapy for depression has several major goals. One is to relieve the mental pain of depression, which distorts feeling and thinking so that sufferers cannot see beyond their current state of mind or envision feeling better. Another is to give people the mental tools to recognize and correct the kinds of distorted thinking that turn a problem into a catastrophe and lead to despair. Therapy also teaches people how to process negative emotions in constructive ways, so they have more control over their own emotional reactivity. And it helps people regain the ability to see themselves positively, the motivation to do things, and the capacity for pleasure.

What happens in therapy for depression?

Perhaps most important, no matter the type of therapy, patients form an alliance with the therapist; that connection is therapeutic in itself, plus it becomes an instrument of change. Patients learn to identify and to challenge their own erroneous beliefs and thoughts that amplify the effects of negative experiences. They learn to identify situations in which they are especially vulnerable. And they learn new patterns of thinking and behaving. They may be given “homework” assignments in which they practice their developing skills. In addition, good therapists regularly monitor patients to assess whether and how much the condition is improving.

What therapy types help with depression?

Several types of short-term therapy have been found effective, each targeting one or more areas of dysfunction. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) helps clients challenge their negative thoughts and beliefs, learn new behavioral strategies, and curb reactivity to distressing situations. Behavioral activation (BA) is a form of therapy often used in conjunction with CBT; it focuses on engagement in rewarding activity as a pathway to changing negative feelings and disturbed mood. Another widely used approach is interpersonal therapy (IPT), which targets the social difficulties that both give rise to and get exacerbated by depression. Therapists may combine approaches as needed.

Can therapy for depression be done online?

Studies have found that online therapy can be highly effective for treating depression, although it may be more challenging to build a good therapist-patient alliance on screen than in person—at least at first. However, online therapy can offer considerable advantages. Accessibility and convenience are tops among them. Some people actually find it easier to talk about problems online than in person. While online therapy typically limits visibility of facial expression and body gestures that give important nonverbal cues to a patient’s state of mind, it can give therapists a glimpse into a patient’s world and life, providing information that can be highly useful in guiding therapy.

How effective is therapy for depression?

Many studies show that therapy is highly effective provided that patients complete the prescribed course of therapy, commonly 16 to 20 sessions. Over the long term, it is more effective than medication and the effects are more enduring. As a result, psychotherapy has the power not just to relieve current suffering but to prevent future episodes of the disorder. Therapy reverses the dysfunction in neural circuitry that disposes individuals to a negative view of themselves, the world, and their future and they acquire coping techniques, problem-solving skills, and understanding of their own vulnerabilities that are useful over the course of a lifetime.