Welcome: Help for dealing with Depression, Anxiety, Stress, Relationship Problems and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
How can I help you?
Sometimes people seek help because they feel alone in their experience. Below are some statements that reflect how many people feel when they decide to pursue psychotherapy. Does any of these statements sound like you?
1. "I just don't feel like myself"
2. "I know I have a pretty good life, but I still don't seem to manage to be happy"
3. "I just worry all the time...about everything"
4. "I've been doing ok for a few months and lately I've had a hard time concentrating, feeling like I'm reliving something that happened..."
5. "I've been feeling dull and tired, and like I'm going to cry at the drop of a hat lately."
6. "I feel like I'm being pulled at from all different angles - I don't know how I'm supposed to do everything at work and at home."
7. "I am surrounded by people all day long and, yet, I feel lonely."
8. "I keep having these thoughts - I try to distract myself but they don't go away. I feel crazy."
9. "I check things all the time. Or I count tables, or windows or corners when I walk in a room."
10. "When I get on the subway I have to stand with my back to the wall because I get freaked out if someone is behind me."
How are you doing?
In addition to not feeling so good at times, it's common for people to have "slumps" or lowered productivity at work when they are stressed. However, when a "slump" doesn't end or when needs are not being met at work, psychotherapy can be a safe, supportive environment in which to address these problems.
The problems that often accompany stress, anxiety, or depression are the pain, tension and fear that can develop in important relationships. Even the happiest and healthiest of partnerships, marriages and family ties suffer when someone in the relationship is holding onto the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors common to anxiety, depression and stress.
Does anyone beside you know how you are doing?
One of the greatest benefits of psychotherapy is having a confidential, consistent, and safe place in which to deal with thoughts, feelings, and behavior. All three components are the focus of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT. CBT focuses on our thoughts, feelings, and behavior. It is a structured therapy that helps identify negative thoughts that not only discourage us but can undo our attempts at success.
How we think determines how we feel. Being aware of our thoughts means being able to make choices in our lives - choosing how we want to think, how we want to feel, how we would like to behave, and how we choose elements that make up our lives and our loves.