Update: While COVID is in retreat and quarantine restrictions are lifting, we are still providing teletherapy and video chat therapy in addition to in-person therapy at our offices in Tribeca and Park Slope, Brooklyn. Perhaps the biggest legacy of the pandemic for our practice has been our increased ability to offer remote therapy, which we dedicated ourselves to at a time when fear and uncertainty were present not only for our patients but for us as therapists. Because of this, we find it meaningful to look back at this page that was written during that time:
Web-based Therapy Is A Way To Stay Healthy Emotionally While Social Distancing
In NYC web-based therapy sessions, we frequently emphasize to our patients that it is all the more important to stay healthy—both physically and mentally—during these times. Though the first half of that equation gets a lot of attention (and for good reason!), staying physically healthy at the expense of your mental health is unsustainable and bound to lead to bad results. It is not enough to simply stay inside during these times… you also have to stay healthy.
What that means is also taking care of your self, and online therapy and teletherapy can be a way to stay healthy emotionally while also social distancing. Whether you are depressed, commuting from the bed to the couch every day, arguing with your partner, or struggling to find some time to enjoy yourself between conferencing into work and taking care of your family, web-based therapy (and phone therapy) can address what individuals, couples and families are facing remotely.
Physical And Mental Health Are Linked: NYC Online Therapy Can Help During These Difficult Times
Psychological distress has clear powerful effects on physical health–ranging from not getting enough sleep or sleeping too much to not being able to think clearly to being prone to anger and lashing out to eating too much or too little. Ultimately, though, the importance of your mental health does not solely derive from your physical health, even at a time when we have heightened awareness of avoiding illness. You also need to be able to feel and experience joy with your partner, think clearly and take pride in your work, and be active and excited. Being miserable doesn’t help anyone, and if you have a partner or children, it can actually be hurtful to others, particularly when self-isolated within a cramped apartment.
Scheduling a video conferencing therapy session or teletherapy session with one of our NYC video chat psychotherapists is one of the best things you can do for yourself–and your emotional health–right now. And because we are doing phone therapy and online therapy through Zoom, Skype, FaceTime and Google Meet, it is easier than ever to start remote therapy in New York while staying inside.