Dr. Kristin Schaefer-Schiumo| Manhasset NY


Depression Counseling in Manhasset

Are You...

  • Experiencing difficulty concentrating, remembering details, and making decisions?
  • Feeling guilt, worthlessness/helplessness, hopelessness and/or pessimism?
  • Struggling with insomnia, early-morning wakefulness, or excessive sleeping?
  • Living with irritability, restlessness, fatigue, and/or decreased energy?
  • Noting a loss of interest in activities or hobbies once pleasurable, including sex?
  • Experiencing persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings?
  • Struggling with overeating or appetite loss?
  • Faced with the feeling that everything is difficult?

Is your child...

  • Exhibiting symptoms that include sadness, irritability, hopelessness and worry?
  • Experiencing anxiety, anger and avoidance of social interaction (suggestive of depression symptoms in adolescents)?
  • Displaying changes in thinking and sleep common in adolescence and adulthood but less common in younger children?
  • Coping with behavioral problems and other mental health conditions, such as anxiety or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), often co-occurring with depression symptoms in childhood or adolescence?
  • Demonstrating decreased academic performance?

If you answer yes to ANY One of the above questions, you may wish to speak with me. I can help you improve your life!

Treatment for Depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), depression is a common condition that affects 25-30 million Americans. Generally, people who experience depression report feelings of worthlessness, hopelessness, body aches and pains, low energy, and a lack of pleasure in daily activities and life. Fortunately, research clearly has shown the effectiveness of a number of evidence based approaches in reducing common symptoms of depression.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Current research clearly demonstrates that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidenced-based approach found to be effective in reducing depression. We will use CBT to target negative thoughts and actions. During sessions, we will work together to develop and understand unhelpful thought patterns and behavioral habits that contribute to your depression. CBT then focuses on helping you practice the desired changes in both your thoughts and behavior in order to form new and healthier habits. This includes more modulated, positive emotional responses to life situations. You will respond to life, and whatever it brings your way, in more effective ways.

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Interpersonal therapy for depression puts emphasis on the way in which your symptoms are related to and affected by your relationships, including family and friends. You are given the opportunity to focus on the meaningful relationships in your life and to establish proactive emotional and physical boundaries when needed and how they may be contributing to your symptoms of depression. This will assist you in improving the quality of the relationships in your life. As these relationships are developed or improved, inter-personal connection is strengthened. This sense of support, emotional connection, or access to community resources proves critical in alleviating symptoms of depression.

Mindfulness Meditation

Many people are now open to using mindfulness meditation as way to facilitate the healing process. Mindfulness meditation provides a way for you to work with emotions at a very deep level, paying attention to the "here and now." Together, we will work to help you become aware of your negative, distorted thoughts such as "I am not worthy," or "I can't get anything done right" and learn to acknowledge them, without judgment, with the understanding that these thoughts are not accurate reflections of reality. This will allow you to begin to view your thoughts as less powerful. The experience of "learning to observe your thoughts" ultimately leads to your distorted thoughts having less weight and impact on your emotions and body. This will allow you to make more room for the wonderful benefits of peace, calm and focus in your everyday life.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

At times, deeply-held beliefs may interfere with or block the successful treatment of your depression. The experience of trauma can leave many of us with dysfunctional beliefs about ourselves. Some examples include: "I'm worthless," "It's all my fault," "the world is cruel" and "I don't deserve to be happy." Such beliefs can easily lead to depression as well as anger, shame, grief, guilt, anxiety, compulsive overeating, self-sabotage, fear of success and/or failure, patterns of victimization and fear of closeness or abandonment. EMDR can successfully remove these blocking beliefs about the self and the world. EMDR is then used to install positive, helpful and accurate beliefs about the self and world. Often, removing the "interference" of blocking beliefs allows individuals suffering from depression to begin to be open to other forms of effective treatment.

There are many different forms of depression and people may become depressed for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you have developed depression in response to significant life events, such as a change in marital status, death of a family member or friend, expected or unexpected career changes, or financial difficulties. Working to cope with chronic illnesses, such as cancer, heart disease, pain, kidney disease, arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS or Parkinson's disease, may also lead to depression. No two people experience depression in exactly the same way. I understand that you may feel overwhelmed, but excellent treatment options are available. I have training and experience in a variety of modalities, and I can help you develop a plan of treatment that makes sense for you. I have successfully worked with a wide range of individuals struggling with depression, from moderate to severe, and collaborate with other mental health professionals as needed. Many of my clients are high performing, creative individuals who struggle with depressive symptoms. If depression is interfering with your life, it is important to work with a mental health professional.