Emily Garrod, Ph.D.

Why Psychotherapy?

New York City and Beacon, NY

One of the great mysteries of human nature is why we so often repeat patterns that are obviously, even to ourselves, not beneficial. We cling to the familiar, even if it feels bad. A friend of mine used to call this "riding the broken bicycle." Even if you have to twist yourself in ways that hurt, and impede your progress, you keep trying to ride the bicycle to which you've become accustomed.

Interpersonal psychoanalysis would explain this by saying that all experience is rooted, inextricably, in both the mind and the body. We are conditioned, from early in life, to avoid anxiety by pleasing the significant others in our lives on whom we depend. In this way, who they are, and what makes them happy, anxious or angry, plays a large part in determining who we become.

Symptoms of anxiety disorder (e.g., excessive worry, sleeplessness, racing or repetitive thoughts, physical discomfort and restlessness), panic (e.g., dizziness, numbness, tightening in the chest or a feeling of difficulty breathing, fear that one will imminently die or "go crazy") and depression (e.g., lack of interest, energy or pleasure, too much or too little sleep, overeating or lack of appetite, excessive sadness, hopelessness and regret, harsh self-criticism, chronic feelings of rejection or abandonment) can be the psyche's way of letting us know that something about the patterns we have developed isn't working and needs to be changed.

Anxiety and depression, while uncomfortable, can give us useful emotional information. Counseling can help use this information to identify the source of the problem and to outline goals and steps toward change.

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Emily Garrod, Ph.D.
New York City Office
240 Madison Avenue, Room 10D
New York, NY 10016

(212) 774-7475
Beacon, NY Office
22 Vail Avenue
Beacon, NY 12508

(212) 774-7475