Cognitive Therapy For Depression Midtown
Cognitive therapy depression midtown: Tips on Cognitive Therapy For Depression Midtown NYC
If you are someone who suffers from depression or sadness you probably experience:
- Hopeless thoughts about your self and your capabilities
- Feelings of sadness, irritability or boredom
- Loss of concentration, focus and memory problems
- A sense of loneliness, lack of acceptance and belonging
- Lack of pleasure and motivation to do actions that normally are important to you or make you feel good
While you may feel like these symptoms of depression are completely out of your control, the good news is you have more control than you feel.
What is most important for you to note here is that how you think causes how you feel. While most often you feel as though your thinking is out of your hands, quite often with practice and cognitive therapy you can change your thought patterns from negative ones into hopeful and helpful thoughts.
Especially relevant for those who can benefit from Cognitive Therapy for Depression is the need to reduce the mental habit called “self blaming”. Due to the fact that self blame thinking is not helpful thinking. When you self blame think you negatively impact your mood, motivation to move forward and willingness to act on goals . So when you let go go of the mental habit of ‘self blaming’ you can actually make changes and improvements. However this can be very challenging. Because the more stressed and down you feel the more negative your mind-set becomes.
Seems like, what can you do? But there are ways that Cognitive Therapy For Depression can help especially when combined with mind-body therapies such as biofeedback/mind yoga can change your thinking habits.
Here are some useful tips on how Cognitive Therapy for depression midtown can change thinking:
- Begin by noticing and recording your triggers in terms of how you think in reaction to stressful events.
- Next underline the thoughts that sound like you are blaming yourself (“I didn’t achieve my goal of _____.and it’s my responsibility or fault because ______.”).
- Then ask yourself “what is the personal judgement I am making about myself in the situation”. This is known in Cognitive Therapy for depression as a negative personal attribution. E.g. “I am such a failure, slob, idiot”.
- Next you will begin to challenge your old style of thinking by now re explaining how you got into your situation based on behavior attributions.
Here are Some Examples:
- Blame thought: “I am a irresponsible person”. Vs. Behavior thought: “I didn’t get the job because I don’t have that skill and never had the time to study or learn it, Maybe this something I need to find time to learn now?”.
- Blame thought: ” I didn’t complete the task because I am lazy”. Vs. Behavior thought: “I am tired because I worked very hard yesterday, I need 3 more hours to sleep and then 2 to finish the report”.
- Blame thought: “My marriage is going down the drain. I am bad partner. ” Vs. “My spouse and I are both dealing with stress. We need to slow down and be supportive in our communication.”
- Finally then connect to a thought of Acceptance. You can think about what are your challenges and what is not fully in your control. Essentially this means you are person with time limits, with priorities and as result wont be able to everything with perfection.
- In conclusion, close your eyes and do some breathing and review the new dialogue in your mind.
As a result you will eventually begin to think in ways that are more rationale, less reactive and focused on resolving problems and acceptance of personal limits.
If you want to learn more about Cognitive Therapy for Depression in midtown can help you please call or email us today. Info@cbt-newyork.com 212-631-1133
Dr. Jayme Albin, Ma, Ph.D is a Licensed Psychologist and Yoga Instructor. Dr. Albin is expert in the application of Cognitive therapy for depression and anxiety. She combines evidenced based therapy and mind body treatments such as CBT, Mindfulness, Yoga therapy, EMDR, Gottman relationship therapy, Biofeedback.