Comprehensive Care for Seasonal Depression on Long Island
At Long Island Counseling Services, we understand the unique challenges presented by Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and offer specialized treatment plans tailored to each individual. Our team, experienced in addressing the complexities of SAD, provides empathetic and effective care. If you are experiencing the seasonal blues and need support, give us a call today or use our online form to reach out.
Who We Are – Long Island Counseling Services
Located on Long Island, our facility is dedicated to providing top-tier mental health services, including Seasonal Affective Disorder. Our experienced mental health professionals, using a blend of therapeutic approaches, aim to deliver care that not only addresses SAD symptoms but also empowers individuals to manage their condition effectively.
We have two offices for our in person sessions, one in East Meadow and one in Melville, with patients across both Nassau and Suffolk County. We also have remote therapy options available using secure TeleHealth for patients that are unable to come in person.
Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder
Seasonal Affective Disorder, often referred to as “Seasonal Depression,” is a type of depression that typically occurs during the fall and winter months when there is less natural sunlight. Most of the time, SAD is related to the loss of sunshine and its connection to the brain. However, some people do experience SAD for reasons related to family trauma, holiday stressors, lack of activity/exercise, and other related activities.
Symptoms can include feelings of sadness, loss of interest in activities, changes in sleep or appetite, and low energy. Our approach at Long Island Counseling Services is holistic and patient-centered, ensuring that each individual’s unique experiences with SAD are understood and effectively addressed.
Our treatment strategies for Seasonal Affective Disorder are diverse and personalized, including:
- Light Therapy – One of the primary treatments for SAD, light therapy involves exposure to a special light box that mimics natural outdoor light, believed to cause a chemical change in the brain that lifts mood and eases other symptoms.
- Psychotherapy – Talking therapies, like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), are used to help manage symptoms by changing negative thoughts and behaviors associated with SAD.
- Lifestyle Modifications – We also focus on lifestyle changes that can significantly impact the management of SAD, such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, and maximizing exposure to natural sunlight.
Seasonal depression treatments may vary from these as well. For example, some people find that their seasonal affective disorder is partially caused by reliving past family trauma over the holidays. In these cases, alternative therapy modalities may be considered.
Why Choose Long Island Counseling Services?
At Long Island Counseling Services, we are committed to providing compassionate and effective care for those struggling with Seasonal Affective Disorder. Our team of skilled professionals ensures a supportive and non-judgmental environment, fostering a space where healing and management of SAD can be achieved.
Reach Out for Support
Seasonal Affective Disorder can significantly impact your quality of life, but with the right support and treatment, it’s possible to manage and overcome these seasonal challenges. If you’re in Long Island and grappling with SAD, don’t hesitate to contact Long Island Counseling Services for expert care. We’re here to support you through every season of your life.