Living With Anxiety & Depression In New York: The Struggle Is Real

Cars are honking, dogs are barking, and lights are flashing. Living in New York City can be incredibly stressful: there’s always some sort of drama going on around you, no matter where you are and what time of day or night it is. And if you’re living here while struggling with anxiety and depression, it’s no surprise that you may find it overstimulating, perhaps even to the point that it exacerbates your anxiety and depression.

While the struggle of living in New York and simultaneously navigating anxiety and depression is, indeed, real, there are also many resources available to seek help. Therapy in New York is easy to find, and because of our city’s diversity, there are many different options at your disposal.

       For starters, you could look into NYC therapy groups. The American Psychological Association says that group therapy can provide a secure way for people to address issues you may or may not be struggling with, including but not limited to anxiety and depression. A typical group therapy session will have a group of five to fifteen individuals led by at least one trained mental healthcare specialist.

       Therapy groups tend to meet at the same time and day each week for about an hour or two. Additionally, you may opt to enroll in individual therapy sessions that seek to complement the work you are doing in your therapy group. Furthermore, some therapy groups tackle more general issues, like low self esteem or loneliness, while others will focus on specific issues, such as social anxiety or substance abuse. Still, there are other therapy groups that may be hyper focused, such as ones that seek to help those who are mourning the loss of a loved one.

       Here at Grouport, we offer online group therapy that is completed from the comfort of your own home. This is a viable option given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the incredibly contagious Omicron variant. Furthermore, completing therapy from the safety and comfort of your own home may encourage you to open up more.

       Group therapy can be intimidating for those who are new to it. Rest assured that your privacy and comfort is of utmost importance to us at Grouport. No one is required to speak up during group sessions; if you prefer, you may instead listen and learn. Furthermore, we use end to end encrypted systems and all of our software is HIPAA compliant. You can also use a nickname instead of your real name if you wish.

       If you choose to enroll in our services, we will set you up with a private, initial consultation with one of our trained mental health professionals. This twenty minute call will allow your therapist to get to know more about you so that they can place you in a therapy group that is most well suited to your particular needs.

       Our therapy groups here at Grouport are capped at twelve people. We will continue to populate a given group until it reaches its maximum. Additionally, all of our groups meet for an hour at the same time and day each week. 

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