Wondering How To Be Happy? Let Go of Shame, Blame and Guilt for Good.

Wondering how to be happy? If so, you’re not alone. Millions of Americans struggling with relationships, stress, depression, anxiety, anger and more are asking themselves the same question. As a psychotherapist since my 20s, it’s a question that I entertained for years until coming to this non-dualist understanding: You are not the ultimate source of what happens in your life. When I tell clients this, many—if not most—of them look at me curiously, probably unsure if they heard me correctly. … Read More

Understanding Depression

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Understanding Depression   Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the U.S., with major depressive disorder affecting almost 15 million Americans every year. Some people are genetically predisposed to depression and struggle with it off and on throughout their lives. Others experience situational depression, which can be a normal reaction to trauma, loss or significant life transition.   The good news is that depression is one of the most manageable mental health issues. With the right … Read More

How Richard Sussman Can Help You

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How Richard Sussman Can Help You   After attending therapy to resolve long-standing issues with his father, Richard realized that he wanted to practice therapy to help others, too. He started his practice at the age of 22.   His first client referred nine others; from there he began what would become his life’s work and passion. For many decades now, Rich has worked with individuals and couples. He takes an honest, direct and compassionate approach to his practice, casting … Read More

Individual Counseling Can Help You Feel Empowered and Alive

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Individual Counseling Can Help You Feel Empowered and Alive   Feelings of inadequacy and unhappiness have become the cultural norm, but you don’t have to live that way. If feelings of perpetual anger or sadness, anxious thoughts, lack energy or defensiveness are impacting your ability to experience joy, meaning and productivity in your life, an experienced therapist can help you reframe your perceptions of yourself and your experience. With help, you can begin living a life of balance, intimacy and … Read More

You Are Not Alone

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You Are Not Alone   Research indicates that 80 percent of habitual thinking is negative. It’s no wonder we often feel overwhelmed by feelings of unworthiness, uncertainty and dissatisfaction.  It also could help explain why so many people in NYC seek depression treatment.   We are all actually hardwired to pay more attention to negative experiences than positive ones. It was a survival tactic in our distant past. Today, we don’t have to worry about saber-toothed cats, but there are … Read More

Transforming The Whole Person

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The Psychotherapeutic Treatment of Anxiety and Depression By Richard Sussman, LCSW Depression and anxiety are two problems that afflict a considerable segment of the population. Although these conditions can be treated medically with drugs or, alternatively, many other methods (diet, exercise, biofeedback, meditation, etc.), complete healing does not result from treating the symptoms alone. Any approach that only seeks to eliminate symptoms precludes the possibility of recognizing and learning their deeper meaning and significance for our lives and our future … Read More