Therapy Can Work

Katherine Rabinowitz, LP, M.A., NCPsyA

Licensed Psychotherapist & Psychoanalyst
Union Square, Greenwich Village, New York, NY

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Therapy Can Work

Katherine Rabinowitz, LP, M.A., NCPsyA

Licensed Psychotherapist & Psychoanalyst
Union Square, Greenwich Village, New York, NY

Depression

“In the midst of winter, I finally learned
that there was in me 
an invincible summer.”
~ Albert Camus

Everyone experiences depressive feelings at one time or another in life. But many people come to therapy because they’ve been feeling depressed for a long time. Sometimes it’s possible to put on a bright face for work, family, and friends, but inside you’re feeling more than just a little under the weather. You have persistent low energy, you feel sad and lonely, worthless, hopeless, and maybe you find yourself crying for no obvious reason.

Perhaps you’re grieving the loss of someone close to you, been passed over for promotion, had a fight with your significant other, your parents or a friend. You might struggle with self-esteem and feel beaten down. Everything feels pointless and overwhelming, more than you can handle, and you can’t figure out why things never go the way you intend.

Depression can exist for many reasons or for no reason at all. All you know is you want it to stop. Reaching out for help is the best first step. You’ve done everything you can think of on your own, and now it’s time to speak to an experienced professional who can listen to what’s going on and help you begin to halt the downward spiral. There’s no universal answer to the why’s and wherefores of your personal feelings of depression or sadness. We’re all unique and our stories our own.

I am not a physician and cannot prescribe medication. And though I prefer to first try working on the issues troubling you in a purely talk-therapy situation, if medication might be indicated, I will refer you for a psychiatric evaluation.

Often just unburdening yourself puts you on the road to feeling better. Sometimes it takes longer, and there is no way to predict at the outset how long it will take. Most people experience a reduction if not an elimination in the depressive feelings when they are shared with someone who is genuinely interested in helping, and who might be able to point out a new way of looking at the situation that relieves some of the ongoing pressure. There is help for depression.

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