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Top-Rated Depression Therapy NYC

Takeaway: Takeaway: If you feel stuck in sadness, dread, and overwhelm, we’re here to help. At Authentically Living Psychological Services, we specialize in existential therapy to help you find purpose and connection in the face of life’s big questions. Contact us today to get the support you need.

About Authentically Living Psychological Services

Motivated by normalizing human suffering and providing a human-first approach, at Authentically Living Psychological Services our mental health professionals blend their advanced clinical and counseling training, with their own lived-experiences making the therapeutic process relational, informal, and safe. Our talk therapy addresses depression symptoms, such as low mood, lack of motivation, poor sleep and appetite, self harm and self injurious behaviors, suicidal thoughts, as well as co-occurring bipolar disorder and other mood related experiences. We take a holistic approach and examine all layers of your existence, validate pain and stuckness, instill hope through interpersonal therapy, and provide support as we navigate moving through life's most difficult moments. We often work with those who have been labeled as having "treatment resistant depression" and with those plagued with negative thoughts, feeling trapped, and struggling to attend to one's well being. We are sensitive to the heaviness depressive symptoms feel and pride ourselves in taking a person-centered approach, meeting our clients where they are from session to session. While the weight of depression may feel inescapable, our mental health counseling offers support, relief, and guidance towards a life worth living. This is your sign to make an appointment today.

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Who our depression therapy services are for

At Authentically Living Psychological Services, we work with adolescents and adults experiencing depressive symptoms that are often the result of loneliness, stuckness, and emotional paralysis. Our clients are often deeply reflective, empathic humans, and curious souls who have experienced past traumas, social rejection, and who have lost touch with who they are and who they want to be in the world.

  • What type of counseling is best for grief?
    There are many different types of counseling practices for addressing grief. The choice of modality is specific to the provider, as well as the assessment of client needs, preferences, and the nature of grief. Below are common counseling services typically provided for grief: Existential & Humanistic Therapy: Existential and humanistic therapy are interconnected therapies that focus on self-understanding while confronting limitations to being human, such as death, illness, and demise, responsibilities and freedom to make choices, and what it means to be authentic. The therapies highlight the integration of exploring meaning, purpose, and personal fulfillment while recognizing and challenging the irony of pointlessness and the inevitability of loss. Positive Psychology: Positive psychology has similarities to existential and humanistic therapy, as it focuses on promoting wellness and self-growth despite loss. Positive psychology is more strength-based and relies on personal resiliency, meaningful goals, and gratitude to navigate grief. Art & Expressive Therapy: Expressive therapies include the use of creative art interventions such as drawing, writing, painting, singing, dancing, and acting to process grief and loss. The use of mainstream talk therapy can sometimes be challenging for those who are grieving, and thus resorting to nonverbal forms of expression can be cathartic and supportive. Narrative Therapy: Similar to Expressive therapies and Positive Psychology, Narrative therapy focuses on allowing a person to story and describe their experience of loss. Identifying personal resiliency and noted strengths, narrative therapy further focuses on the re-narrating or re-storying of the loss; It provides an opportunity to notice new perspectives as we move through loss. Mindfulness-Based Therapy: Helpful as an additive to all modalities, especially for those grieving, Mindfulness-Based Therapy focuses on incorporating stress reduction tools, meditation practices, and mindfulness exercises to aid in down-regulating one's heightened nervous system, self-soothe, and ground an individual. Logotherapy: A branch of Existential therapy, Logotherapy is also an additive therapy that focuses specifically on creating meaning. Even in the face of suffering, Logotherapy highlight how we can still choose to create meaning. For unchanging situations, such as after loss, incorporating attitudinal shifts is a primary focus of logotherapy. Transpersonal Psychology & Grief Therapy: Known as a spiritual and holistic form of therapy, Transpersonal psychology focuses on experiences of interconnectedness such as during states of flow, sereneness, and meditation, and while using certain therapeutic substances, such as psychedelics. In the context of grief, this modality can help a person striving for connection with nature, and greater self alignment, and those interested in exploring their spiritual and religious beliefs and connections. Group & Family Therapy: As highlighted above, Group and Family therapy are effective modalities for those looking for greater communal support, collective processing, and learning how to better communicate and connect. Our practice offers a variety of the modalities presented above. If you have questions about a modality that you do not see listed, please contact us and a member of our staff will return your inquiry in 24-48 hours.
  • Is group therapy good for grief?
    Group therapy is a supportive modality for addressing grief, as it provides a space for peer support, communal validation, decreased isolation and loneliness, normalization of certain experiences, and an opportunity to share without fear of judgment. Group therapy encourages the expression of difficult emotions that may be more challenging to have with friends and colleagues, and is a platform for practicing how to advocate for your needs. Our grief therapy group offers a unique opportunity to utilize creative practices to express and address grief, that doesn't solely rely on the use of verbal processing. We have found that grief is often difficult to talk about and that words do not always express our experiences justly. In addition to creative interventions, such as writing, drawing, and painting, our incorporation of mindfulness exercises aids in down-regulating your nervous system at the end of group, and are additional tools for you to practice at your leisure when overwhelmed with the distress of grief. If you are interested in learning more about our grief group and whether this might be a good fit for you, reach out by clicking here. A member of our staff will return your inquiry in 24-48 hours.
  • How soon should you have bereavement counseling?
    The timing for starting bereavement therapy is different from person to person. Taking into account the nature of a loss, a person's readiness and interest in therapy, availability of supportive factors and coping skills, and cultural factors can influence when and if a person will seek bereavement counseling. It's important to remember that the healing process is unique for everyone and so there is no right or wrong time to seek therapy and that regardless of when your loss occurred, it is never too late to start grief therapy.

2 top-rated depression therapists in NYC

Dr. Cynthia Shaw

Dr. Cynthia Shaw is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and owner of Authentically Living Psychological Services. She founded the practice to provide services to those interested in depth-oriented work and for those who struggle with low self-esteem, anxiety, and depression, and in their relationships with others, themselves, and their larger world context. She envisioned a group practice where holistic and philosophical approaches to practice are encouraged and used to support clients make sense of their existence in a world that feels overwhelming and where one can get lost in the chaos of life. Learn more about Dr. Shaw below.

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  • Credentials:

    • Licensed Clinical Psychologist

    • Grief Informed Professional

    • Approved Clinical Supervisor

  • License numbers:

    • PsyPact: 14381

    • New York: 025643

    • New Jersey: 35SI00702400

    • Illinois: 071.010599

    • North Carolina: 6535

  • Education/degree:

    • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology

    • Generalist Adult Track

    • Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology

    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a Minor in English

  • Teletherapy

    • PsyPact Certified to practice in 40 states. Find out if your state is included here.

    • Additional licenses in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, and North Carolina

  • Providing therapy since 2015

    • Experience: private practice, psychiatric in-patient hospitals, health psychology/in-patient, forensic unit/hospital, schools, assisted living facilities, methadone maintenance clinics.

    • Past clientele:

      • children, adolescents, and adults

      • psychotic disorders, substance use disorders, personality disorders, anxiety and mood disorders, trauma disorders, neurodevelopment disorders, eating disorders, sexual disorders, conduct disorders, neurocognitive disorders, and paraphilic disorders.

    • Current clientele:

      • adolescents and adults

      • existential anxiety, low self-esteem, death anxiety, poor sense of self, depression, loneliness, difficulty forming genuine relationships, entrepreneurs, perfectionists, high achievers, nostalgic thinkers, emotionally sensitive, men's issues, spiritual questioning.

  • Modalities used:

    • existential philosophy (phenomenology)

    • humanistic and relational

    • acceptance and commitment therapy

    • gestalt therapy

    • logotherapy

    • person-centered

    • process and strengths-based

    • trauma-informed

    • compassion-focused

    • mindfulness-based.

  • Read More Here

Jaclyn Paradise
 

Dr. Shaw works alongside Ms. Jaclyn Paradise, a New Jersey-based Licensed Associate Counselor who specializes in working with anxiety disorders, and who enjoys working from a holistic and mindfulness-based approach to help those struggling with mental health conditions such as low self-esteem, depression, panic attacks, and trauma.

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  • Credentials:

    • Licensed Associate Counselor

    • Certified Trauma Professional

    • Certified Mindfulness Informed Professional

    • Yoga Teacher Certified

  • License numbers:

    • New Jersey: 37AC00745300

  • Education/degree:

    • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

    • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology

  • Teletherapy

    • New Jersey

    • Additional licenses upon receiving LPC

  • Providing therapy since 2021

    • Experience: substance-use clinics, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient settings, private practice, intake coordination

    • Past clientele:

      • adolescents and adults

      • mood disorders, anxiety disorders, substance use disorders, trauma disorders, personality disorders

    • Current clientele:

      • adults

      • low self-esteem, poor sense of self, trauma, first responders, military personnel, codependency and other relationship difficulties, assertiveness development, identity development, inner-child needs, perfectionists, high achievers, emotionally sensitive, men's issues.

  • Modalities used:

    • trauma-informed

    • mindfulness-based.

    • holistic and somatic

    • humanistic and relational

    • person-centered

    • psychodynamic

    • process and strengths-based

    • compassion-focused

    • yoga-philosophy

    • dialectical behavior therapy

    • cognitive behavioral therapy

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Why choose us for depression treatment in NYC

We understand the difficulty that comes with searching for therapists in new york, let alone the dread that comes with actually starting psychotherapy. Maybe you've been through the whole rigamarole already: been on medicine, changed your diet, even tried alternative therapies, such as tms treatment (transcranial magnetic stimulation). Maybe you've been to a primary care physician, endocrinologist, and nutritionist, and have been told that you have "treatment resistant depression." We're here to remind you that your low mood is valid and an appropriate response to your lived experiences. We don't believe in "treatment resistant," as we don't believe that depressive emotions mean that something is wrong, broken, or needs fixing. At Authentically Living Psychological Services, we take a nonpathologizing approach to the very real emotions we experience as human being. We understand that taking the first step is always the hardest, but we can assure you that taking those steps is worth it towards your journey of healing. Our depression therapy is unique and tailored, creating individualized treatment plans that are collaborative and holistic. 

1

Human-first approach:

Humbled by our own experiences of depression, anxiety, dread, and low self-esteem, we are keenly aware of the depressive depths your mind and soul have taken you. While clinically minded, we pride ourselves in our ability to be authentic and genuine with our clients. Our therapists share in your pain, validate your experiences, and metaphorically walk that journey with you, through the highs and lows. 
 

3

Holistic and client-centered:

We believe in the power of holistic care, alternative therapies, and "the talking cure." Our bodies store immense pain and emotion and through the modalities that you resonate with we believe comes the most relief. 
 

5

Philosophical understanding: 

Our therapy goes beyond the typical "how are you feeling" and really gets into the weeds of psychological suffering as it relates to philosophical and existential difficulties. 

6

Nostalgic thinkers unite:

Yes, we too are deep thinkers, curious souls, and ones that get lost in memories and fantasies. While you may have moments where you reject this part of your person, we are here to highlight those qualities and the inquisitiveness that comes with it.

4

Meeting you where you're at:

We go at a pace that works for each of our clients. We don't force, instruct, or scold, but rather, challenge, inquire, and sit with. 

7

Readiness for change:

At a pace that you consent, we are excited to explore your readiness to embrace change into your life, even the most incremental. Conversations will dip into how you can actually live the life that you have been wanting. 

8

Realistic expectations:

The journey of change and healing includes the return of grief and dread. Through our psychoeducation, we note the normalness of depressive waves. Like any emotion, each plays a role. 

9

Soulful exploration:

Ultimately, therapy with us includes immense time exploring all facets of your existence for you to better understand who you are in this world. 

10

Yes, we have skills, too:

What kind of therapists would we be if we didn't have a chest full of tools?

2

Nonpathologizing:

 As book lovers, this isn't an easy thing to admit, but we would love to throw the DSM out the window. We find that we do our best work when we can look at the entire human sitting across from us. We believe that depressive experiences are expected when it comes to the challenges that come with being alive. 

  • What type of counseling is best for grief?
    There are many different types of counseling practices for addressing grief. The choice of modality is specific to the provider, as well as the assessment of client needs, preferences, and the nature of grief. Below are common counseling services typically provided for grief: Existential & Humanistic Therapy: Existential and humanistic therapy are interconnected therapies that focus on self-understanding while confronting limitations to being human, such as death, illness, and demise, responsibilities and freedom to make choices, and what it means to be authentic. The therapies highlight the integration of exploring meaning, purpose, and personal fulfillment while recognizing and challenging the irony of pointlessness and the inevitability of loss. Positive Psychology: Positive psychology has similarities to existential and humanistic therapy, as it focuses on promoting wellness and self-growth despite loss. Positive psychology is more strength-based and relies on personal resiliency, meaningful goals, and gratitude to navigate grief. Art & Expressive Therapy: Expressive therapies include the use of creative art interventions such as drawing, writing, painting, singing, dancing, and acting to process grief and loss. The use of mainstream talk therapy can sometimes be challenging for those who are grieving, and thus resorting to nonverbal forms of expression can be cathartic and supportive. Narrative Therapy: Similar to Expressive therapies and Positive Psychology, Narrative therapy focuses on allowing a person to story and describe their experience of loss. Identifying personal resiliency and noted strengths, narrative therapy further focuses on the re-narrating or re-storying of the loss; It provides an opportunity to notice new perspectives as we move through loss. Mindfulness-Based Therapy: Helpful as an additive to all modalities, especially for those grieving, Mindfulness-Based Therapy focuses on incorporating stress reduction tools, meditation practices, and mindfulness exercises to aid in down-regulating one's heightened nervous system, self-soothe, and ground an individual. Logotherapy: A branch of Existential therapy, Logotherapy is also an additive therapy that focuses specifically on creating meaning. Even in the face of suffering, Logotherapy highlight how we can still choose to create meaning. For unchanging situations, such as after loss, incorporating attitudinal shifts is a primary focus of logotherapy. Transpersonal Psychology & Grief Therapy: Known as a spiritual and holistic form of therapy, Transpersonal psychology focuses on experiences of interconnectedness such as during states of flow, sereneness, and meditation, and while using certain therapeutic substances, such as psychedelics. In the context of grief, this modality can help a person striving for connection with nature, and greater self alignment, and those interested in exploring their spiritual and religious beliefs and connections. Group & Family Therapy: As highlighted above, Group and Family therapy are effective modalities for those looking for greater communal support, collective processing, and learning how to better communicate and connect. Our practice offers a variety of the modalities presented above. If you have questions about a modality that you do not see listed, please contact us and a member of our staff will return your inquiry in 24-48 hours.
  • Is group therapy good for grief?
    Group therapy is a supportive modality for addressing grief, as it provides a space for peer support, communal validation, decreased isolation and loneliness, normalization of certain experiences, and an opportunity to share without fear of judgment. Group therapy encourages the expression of difficult emotions that may be more challenging to have with friends and colleagues, and is a platform for practicing how to advocate for your needs. Our grief therapy group offers a unique opportunity to utilize creative practices to express and address grief, that doesn't solely rely on the use of verbal processing. We have found that grief is often difficult to talk about and that words do not always express our experiences justly. In addition to creative interventions, such as writing, drawing, and painting, our incorporation of mindfulness exercises aids in down-regulating your nervous system at the end of group, and are additional tools for you to practice at your leisure when overwhelmed with the distress of grief. If you are interested in learning more about our grief group and whether this might be a good fit for you, reach out by clicking here. A member of our staff will return your inquiry in 24-48 hours.
  • How soon should you have bereavement counseling?
    The timing for starting bereavement therapy is different from person to person. Taking into account the nature of a loss, a person's readiness and interest in therapy, availability of supportive factors and coping skills, and cultural factors can influence when and if a person will seek bereavement counseling. It's important to remember that the healing process is unique for everyone and so there is no right or wrong time to seek therapy and that regardless of when your loss occurred, it is never too late to start grief therapy.

Get the support you need to create a life worth living.

It's time to breathe in the fresh air and become more mindful and connected with the beauty in the world around you. Those bad feelings, crummy thoughts, and deprecating views don't have to be the only experiences we make space for. Our therapists are skilled at blending humanness and clinical guidance for those even with the dimmest lit candle. If you'd like to learn more about our services and are ready to take that first step, we look forward to your call. Living a life worth living is possible.

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