Anxiety Psychologist on Long Island NY

Psychologist on Long Island for Anxiety and Depression

Thinking: You're worrying about something that isn't real. It's all in your head. Just stop thinking about it!

Dealing with depression and anxiety is never easy, and finding someone to talk to about it can be difficult. While friends and family offer love and support, they never seem to say the right thing. Where do you turn to for help?

Dr. Robert M. Cristal is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist

You may have now reached the point of seeking professional help. Make that point happen today and start your journey to a healthier and happier you. Dr. Robert M. Cristal is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Relaxation Therapy. For more than 35 years, Dr. Cristal has worked with adults and children to help them deal more effectively with anxiety and depression as well as a variety of other behavioral and emotional problems.

What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy?

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a highly effective form of psychotherapy, especially for the treatment of anxiety and depression. CBT emphasizes the restructuring of irrational beliefs and the modification of self- destructive patterns of behavior. Unlike other forms of therapy, which are mainly devoted to working through unresolved childhood issues before dealing with current problems, CBT is problem-focused. It involves an active exchange between therapist and patient, dealing with current issues and promoting a healthier and more joy-filled life.

Anxiety and Depression

While anxiety and depression are two different disorders with separate, but sometimes overlapping, symptoms and characteristics, it is very common to suffer from both anxiety and depression at the same time; as an example, severe, unrelenting anxiety will often lead to depression.

  • Anxiety: Anxiety is associated with fear and a perceived sense of vulnerability, apprehension, self-doubt, nervousness, and racing thoughts. It's most prominent feature is worrying about uncertainties. People who experience anxiety frequently complain of a lack of control and of feeling unsafe.
  • Depression: Unlike anxiety, where people tend to focus on things that can possibly go wrong and make life worse, people suffering with depression tend to have thoughts that revolve around how terrible life already is and how utterly helpless and hopeless they feel about making positive changes in their life. Another distinguishing feature of depression is the tendency to think pessimistically.

Book an Appointment with Long Island Psychologist Dr. Robert M. Cristal

If you live on Long Island and are interested in setting up an appointment, please do not hesitate to call or email.

Robert M. Cristal Ph.D