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Depression Therapy

Therapist in Westchester for depression, anxiety, life transitions, and young adulthood

Depression can leave you feeling like you’re in a fog. You muddle through one day to the next, dragging yourself out of bed and feeling hopeless that things will ever improve.

Anxiety can have both mental symptoms, like overthinking and intrusive thoughts, and physical symptoms, like difficulty sleeping and a fast resting heart rate.

Life transitions can leave you feeling triggered and out of sorts. Since stability is out the window, you may feel anxious and not grounded.

Young adulthood is a time of self discovery. Although there is joy and freedom in this process, you will experience difficulty healing from past wounds, meeting like-minded friends, and establishing a career that leaves you filled up and not burnt out.

Maybe you're experiencing all four of these things. Maybe you're only experiencing one.

Whatever you're feeling, I’m here to assure you that it gets better.

Anxiety in Young Adults

One of the main areas that I treat is anxiety in young adults. Your 20s and 30s can be a difficult time, full of change and growth. You’re becoming the next version of yourself. You’re deciding what kind of adult and person you want to be. 

But sometimes, things feel really hard. Maybe you’re thinking through the same things all over again. Your mind and heart are racing. You feel like you just want to lay down under the covers and drown out the world. Things might feel hopeless.

But there is hope. What you’re experiencing could be anxiety. I want to normalize to you that anxiety is incredibly common amongst young adults, especially perfectionists and people-pleasers. 

The thing about anxiety is that it can often go hand-in-hand with depression. You may not even realize you’re anxious or depressed until your life starts to be affected. Your mood is low. You’re irritable all the time. Maybe you aren’t sleeping very well or sleeping too much. Perhaps you have days where you feel like you want to die.

Anxiety and depression can do this to you. But you aren’t alone, and you aren’t hopeless. Seeing a therapist in Westchester, like me, can help you sort through not just your symptoms but also the root of the challenges you’re facing. 

You don’t have to keep living this way--it is possible to find joy again. With the help of a therapist in Westchester NY, you can get to the root of these experiences and learn ways to cope.

Mental health is challenging enough--you shouldn’t have to keep suffering alone. If you’re ready to get help, reach out today.

Meet Justine Carino, LMHC Westchester County therapist

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When you’re struggling with depression, it can be difficult to pull yourself out of that headspace. However, you’ve already done the hardest part: deciding to reach out for help. You should be proud of yourself--I certainly am.

My name is Justine Carino, and I provide depression therapy to teens and young adults in Westchester, NY. This can be a difficult time in life to navigate, especially if you’re stuck in a cycle of depression.

As you likely already know, depression can leave you feeling isolated from your family and friends. This feeling of loneliness can put you in a dark place that feels like you might never escape.

I’m here to help.

Together, we’ll dig into the thoughts and behaviors that leave you feeling disconnected from others. Using my training and experience, I’ll teach you new ways of coping that will help you get unstuck. 

Ready to start feeling like yourself again? Connect with me today to learn more about how I can help.

FAQs about Westchester therapy

I’m struggling with anxiety too. Can I get therapy in Westchester for anxiety and depression?

Yes--many people experience both anxiety and depression. 

These two conditions can feed into each other. For example, someone with anxiety may feel shame around their constant worry and thus develop depression symptoms. Likewise, someone with depression may worry excessively over the tasks they neglect when feeling depressed and thus develop anxiety.

If this sounds like you, I’m here to support you. I will help you learn more about where your anxiety and depression symptoms come from, how they’re connected, and ways to help you feel better.

What is your approach to depression therapy?

I recognize that being vulnerable with a new person can be challenging. I don’t expect you to share everything right away.

However, I pride myself on creating a comfortable, inviting space where you can be yourself without worrying about being judged. Having a person you can confide in is essential to your healing process.

I take the time to get to know each of my clients. You can expect me to be fully present with you in session, giving you the undivided attention you deserve.

Building our therapeutic relationship can help you get the most out of our time together, and it can also help you feel more connected to your loved ones.

How do I know if I’m anxious or depressed?

Anxiety and depression look different for everyone. However, some signs that you’re experiencing depression are an increase or decreases in appetite, increase or decrease in sleep, low self-esteem, guilt, loss of interest in pleasurable activities, low sex drive, and feelings of wanting to die.

Symptoms of anxiety can happen on more of a physical level. You might find your heart racing or become short of breath. You may experience panic attacks, which can feel like you’re going to die or like there isn’t enough air in the room.

If you notice a difference in your normal, daily behavior and identify with any of these symptoms, you may be dealing with depression and/or anxiety. Pay attention to your performance at work, your mood, your social engagement, and your desire to do things. If any of these, and other areas of your life, are affected, you may need to see a Westchester therapist for help with anxiety or depression.

What’s the difference between “regular” anxiety and an anxiety disorder?

Anxiety is a normal response to things in our life that are threatening to us. Sometimes life changes or stress at work or getting into a new relationship can cause anxiety. But that’s not always a bad thing.

Anxiety becomes a problem when it disrupts your everyday life. Normal anxiety is usually connected to a specific situation. It lasts as long as the situation and then disappears. You might feel anxious about an upcoming test and then relieved when it’s over. The anxiety goes away.

With an anxiety disorder, the distressing feelings that are a result of anxiety are ever-present. Or they might pop up out of the blue for seemingly no reason. Anxiety for a person with an anxiety disorder can last a long time. Anxiety disorders aren’t connected to a specific event. They leave the person in a state of constant worry and anxiety.

How do you treat anxiety and depression?

Everyone is different, so treatment for anxiety and depression will be slightly different for each person. Therapy is one of the best treatments for anxiety and depression. In therapy for depression and anxiety, we’ll work together to identify overwhelming thoughts and come up with a plan to manage them.

In therapy, you’ll uncover your negative thought patterns and the root cause of your depression and anxiety. Then we’ll slowly begin to replace those negative thought patterns with realistic and productive patterns.

Therapy for depression and anxiety can take time – relief from these challenges doesn’t come overnight. It takes work and a willingness to put in the time and effort to make changes and explore what’s really going on with you. But once we figure out the root of your anxiety and depression, we’ll be able to come up with coping strategies to manage these challenges.

Of course, anxiety disorders and clinical depression are a bit different to treat than situational anxiety and depression. That’s because they’re chemical and pervasive. They require more time and regular therapy to find ways to manage the symptoms of depression and anxiety so that you can move on with your life and live a life worth living.

Start your healing process with the help of a depression therapist in Westchester

Ready to break free of depression and start feeling better? Reach out today to see if we’re a good fit. 

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