Is depression getting you down?

Depression affects millions of people worldwide. If you find yourself feeling persistently sad, hopeless, or losing interest in activities you once enjoyed, you may be struggling with depression. At Union Square Psychotherapy, we understand how overwhelming and debilitating depression can be. Our experienced therapists are here to help you navigate your depression and find lasting relief through a psychodynamic approach to treatment.

What is Depression?

Depression is a mental health condition characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, and a lack of interest or pleasure in activities. While occasional feelings of sadness are a normal part of life, persistent and severe depressive symptoms can interfere with daily activities, relationships, and overall well-being. Depression can manifest in various forms, such as major depressive disorder, persistent depressive disorder, and postpartum depression, each with its own set of symptoms and challenges that can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life.

The Psychodynamic Approach to Treating Depression

At Union Square Psychotherapy, we specialize in psychodynamic therapy, a form of talk therapy that explores the underlying psychological factors contributing to depression. This approach is rooted in the belief that unconscious thoughts, feelings, and experiences shaped by early life events can influence current depressive symptoms.

Key Concepts Characterizing Psychodynamic Treatment of Depression:

Unconscious conflicts: Psychodynamic therapy aims to uncover and resolve unconscious conflicts that may be fueling depression.

Early life experiences: By exploring early life experiences and relationships, therapists can help clients identify patterns and dynamics that contribute to depression.

Defense mechanisms: Psychodynamic therapy examines how individuals may use defense mechanisms, such as self-blame or emotional suppression, to cope with depression.

Transference: The therapeutic relationship can provide insight into how patients relate to others and how past experiences impact current relationships and depressive symptoms.

How it Works

In psychodynamic therapy, clients work closely with their therapist to explore their inner world, including thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Through this exploration, patients gain a deeper understanding of the roots of their depression and develop new ways of coping and relating to others. Therapists may use techniques such as free association, dream analysis, and interpretation to help clients uncover unconscious conflicts and gain insight into their depression.

Psychoanalysis, a more intensive form of psychodynamic therapy, involves multiple sessions per week and a deeper exploration of unconscious processes. This approach can be particularly helpful for individuals with severe or long-standing depression.

Possible Benefits of Treatment

Engaging in psychodynamic therapy for depression can lead to numerous benefits, including:

Reduced depressive symptoms: By addressing the underlying causes of depression, psychodynamic therapy can help alleviate symptoms such as persistent sadness, feelings of worthlessness, and a lack of motivation.

Improved self-awareness: Through the exploration of inner experiences and unconscious conflicts, clients gain a deeper understanding of themselves and their emotional landscape.

Enhanced coping skills: Psychodynamic therapy helps clients develop healthier ways of coping with stress and depressive symptoms, leading to greater resilience and emotional regulation.

Stronger relationships: By examining patterns in relationships and addressing interpersonal conflicts, clients can improve their ability to form and maintain meaningful connections with others.

Long-term relief: Psychodynamic therapy aims to create lasting change by addressing the root causes of depression, rather than simply managing symptoms in the short-term.


If you’re struggling with depression, know that you’re not alone and that help is available. At Union Square Psychotherapy, our skilled therapists are dedicated to providing a safe, non-judgmental space for you to explore your depression and find relief through psychodynamic therapy. By delving into the unconscious factors contributing to your depression, you can gain insight, develop healthier coping mechanisms, and experience lasting improvement in your mental health and overall well-being. Take the first step toward a more fulfilling life by reaching out to us today.