New York Online Therapy Won’t Let You Experience Depression Alone, Even When Social Distancing
In our online therapy sessions for depression in New York, we understand that for people struggling with depression, your natural instinct is often to self-isolate and remain inactive, when in fact what you need is usually the opposite. Being active, reaching out, and leaning on support systems can be tough even under normal circumstances. But this has been made especially difficult by the self-isolation imposed by COVID-19. While necessary for staying safe and healthy (and making sure others stay safe and healthy too), stay-at-home orders and social distancing restrictions can amplify depression by being exactly what people who are depressed are inclined to do and consequently, what can make depression worse.
Through teletherapy and video therapy, using video chat like Zoom and Google Meet, we won’t leave you alone with your depression. Because so much has changed due to COVID-19, you might assume that support is less available. But that’s not the case–support just looks different now. In remote therapy for depression, we’ll help patients get creative about what the best kind of support looks like for them and how they can get it.
Remote Therapy For Depression Can Help Alleviate Your Immediate Symptoms While Also Doing The Deeper Work For More Lasting Change
A lot feels hard right now. The world feels uncertain and scary. Our daily lives have been hugely disrupted. Most of us are self-isolating. And what is already hard can feel harder when you’re depressed. In New York online therapy for depression, we understand that you need help right now. We’ll work on ways to relieve your immediate pain to help make tomorrow better than today.
At the same time, we strongly believe in the importance of digging into the deeper work in phone and video depression therapy to offer more than just a band-aid. We understand depression as an expression of needs not being met, usually early needs that were inadequately responded to. When we can have a better understanding of what you needed and didn’t get, we can help you get what you need in your current relationships, and can also better understand how your depression functions, giving it a little less control and you a little more.
What If I’ve Struggled With Depression For A Long Time, But Feel Better During COVID-19?
For some patients we see in our phone therapy and video therapy sessions, the circumstances surrounding COVID-19 have actually led to an alleviation of their symptoms of depression. This could be for a number of reasons that you may or may not fully understand yet. Perhaps something about the disruption of the day-to-day has offered relief from the parts of life that were sources of suffering.
While this is not a solution or treatment for depression by any means, it does provide helpful and important data we can use together. Whatever your depression looks like right now, in New York online therapy for depression, we can help you understand what your depression looked like before, during, and after COVID-19, as well as how to make meaningful change to help relieve your pain.
Online Therapy Can Also Help Address Feelings Of Guilt That Come With Depression
For many people who struggle with depression, guilt is also a major feature. Whether for patients whose depression has improved during this time or for others who feel depressed, but have other layers of privilege right now (for example, a secure job when many have been laid off), guilt may arise with a vengeance, telling them they shouldn’t feel this way when others are suffering. In phone and web-based therapy sessions for depression, we’ll work to understand where the guilt is coming from, and how it’s serving and not serving you so that it doesn’t add to your pain.