These are difficult times in New York City, the epi-center of COVID-19 in the United States, and around the world. The Coronavirus illness and loss of family members, friends and colleagues, changes in work and living routines, social distancing, and isolation contribute to our constant feelings of helplessness, anxiety and fear.
After the World Trade Center attack in September of 2001, a number of expert panels formed in New York City to recommend the best treatment approaches to manage anxiety. The committee recommended several forms of treatment, but the most often recommended one was Psychotherapy and Counseling.
In this highly complex and technological world we can easily forget our own deep need for meaningful connection in work and relationships. Placing too much value on technical skills and expertise can disconnect us from a sense of purpose and self. What gives us motivation and meaning?
At some point in our lives most of us will have to cope with, or manage feelings of, anxiety and loneliness. The good news is that there are a number of cognitive learning techniques that are well-tested and very effective in reducing anxiety.
Anxiety is a common and potentially serious condition. It can serve positively as a motivator, but too much anxiety can result in indecision, panic attacks and psychological paralysis. Some of the common psychological symptoms of anxiety are excessive worry, sleeplessness, perfectionism, stage fright, brief memory loss, inability to concentrate and obsessiveness. Some common physical symptoms of anxiety include shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, sweating, tingling sensations and trembling.
Here are some questions to ask when looking for a therapist in NYC or seeking a counselor in New York City. Finding a counselor may be easy, but finding the right counselor entails asking some important questions.
If you are considering psychotherapy here are some important questions to ask your therapist:
• Is psychotherapy necessary?
• How does psychological change happen?
• How can you help me?
• How long does individual therapy or couples therapy take to be effective?
Couples or Relationship Therapy for both straight and gay persons can be an extremely powerful tool in changing relationship behaviors that are problematic. Here are some goals I can help you achieve in couples therapy: