Are You Struggling With Depression?
Have you been experiencing feelings of overwhelming sadness, worthlessness, or guilt? Do you struggle to find relief from a cycle of intrusive, self-defeating thoughts? Are you having difficulty sleeping, getting out of bed, taking basic care of yourself, or finding the motivation to leave the house? Perhaps you are avoiding activities that once gave you pleasure or withdrawing from friends and family. Or maybe you are so busy taking care of the needs of everyone else that you barely have any time to care for yourself.
Depression is a devastating condition that can impair your ability to see situations for how they truly are. For instance, you may be comparing your life to that of your peers and feel as if you are not doing enough to accomplished anything of significance. Conversely, you may have enjoyed professional or personal success only to find yourself inexplicably questioning the meaning and purpose of life.
If this sounds familiar, you’ve likely been bottling up all these negative feelings until they feel unbearable. And despite their best intentions, you’re probably finding that friends and family are powerless to help or understand.
Although you are in a confusing place right now, there is hope for a happier, more fulfilling life. With my help, you can finally overcome the source of your depression and move forward with greater peace and confidence.
Depression Can Affect Anyone
For individuals who are dealing with depression, it can feel like no one else understands what you’re going through. But depression is actually quite common, especially in today’s highly complicated world. In fact, approximately 16.2 million adults in the US have been diagnosed with depression, and only 63 percent of that number have actively sought depression treatment.
Despite the common misperception, depression isn’t always permanent: it often comes and goes, arising during times of distress or uncertainty. Relationship stress, major life transitions, or loss can often trigger depressive episodes.
For instance, taking on all the responsibilities of caring for the family may leave you without support for your own concerns. Or you may have to uproot your family and start over in a completely new environment, creating a tremendous amount of discomfort and stress. Moreover, if you have lost a loved one or are dealing with a chronic illness, you could be naturally prone to overwhelming sadness and grief that you may not know how to process.
Whether you are faced with relationship problems, personal challenges, or loss, all of these stressors can contribute to the development of depression. Moreover, individuals who have been exposed to traumatic experiences, unhealthy relationships, or adverse childhood circumstances may carry that pain into their current lives and partnerships.
Relationships—and the support we receive from them—are incredibly important to our life and mental well-being. When we feel that there is a breakdown in these vital relationships, we suffer emotionally, which is where depression can take root.
That’s why it’s so important to work with someone who can offer a fresh perspective and guide you toward peace and solutions. With my help, you can learn to overcome the limitations of depression to realize a happier, healthier life.
Here’s How Depression Counseling Can Help
Working with a depression therapist gives you the opportunity to be understood and to voice your deepest concerns. It can help you explore your struggles, goals, and values to reveal a world of possibilities you may not have been aware of. Therapy can offer you a profound understanding of your thoughts and emotions that will help you reframe the way in which you see yourself and the world around you.
The first step to managing depression and creating lasting changes is to understand its origin. Working together in a space of safety and respect for your pain, we will focus on uncovering events or ingrained beliefs that may have been the catalyst for depression. Using that insight, we can develop practical solutions for overcoming depression and healing the core of your emotional distress. Unlike some therapy models in which you might expect to cry or leave sessions feeling worse, I provide a very light and positive approach based on genuine connection and empowering perspective.
I utilize research-based approaches that will gently teach you how to recognize and interrupt unproductive patterns in thoughts and behaviors. Using these skills, you’ll develop a new attitude, overcome the need to compare yourself to others, become satisfied with who you are, and learn how to see the positive side of life. I’m a goal-oriented therapist, and my purpose is to help you resolve personal issues of sadness, grief, and low self-worth so you can find relief from your depression and move forward.
Although depression affects everyone differently, counseling can help regardless of how slight or severe your situation. One of the strategies I use, Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT), is a state of the art treatment model that enables you to process and move past your emotional pain quickly and effectively. I believe that our thoughts and beliefs have a strong effect on our body. Therefore, I offer visualization, breathing, and emotional regulation techniques as well as mindfulness exercises that engage every part of the brain to resolve issues faster.
I’ve worked extensively in the field of psychology for over 30 years. I am a licensed clinical social worker and have developed a wealth of therapeutic practices geared toward helping both families and individuals deal with a variety of challenging situations. I know that with a little commitment and open-mindedness, you can free yourself from the fear and sadness. With counseling for depression, you can learn to be happier, more engaged, and empowered to live the life you’ve always wanted.
You May Still Have Concerns About Depression Therapy…
I worry that the therapist won’t actually understand what I’m going through.
Depression is so common and well-researched that a good therapist will understand what you are going through. Moreover, the relationship that you can form with a therapist is unlike any other you may have in your life.
This unique space of support allows you to tell your story, be yourself, and feel completely heard. Therapy also gives you a valuable ally with whom to collaborate on a treatment plan that speaks specifically to your needs and goals.
I don’t have the time or money.
Depression therapy is an invaluable investment in the long-term. Left unaddressed, depression can quickly begin bleeding into other areas of your life. It may sap your energy to perform your job or take care of your family. Or you may be spending money on unhealthy coping mechanisms or temporary distractions.
The earlier you intervene, the more you are going to save in the long-run. That includes protecting your finances, career, relationships, and personal health. Working together, we can develop ways for coping with depression that also protects you and your family.
I’m worried I’ll be judged for going to depression counseling.
Seeking help is a very courageous act. It may feel intimidating, but you will likely find that your friends and family support your decision. Moreover, starting therapy is a very personal matter; you have the right to choose it for yourself, regardless of what others think. I offer a judgment-free zone; regardless of any stigma you may notice in the outside world, you won’t find any here.
When You Are Ready, Help Is Here
If you have any questions about depression counseling, I offer a 15-minute, free phone consultation at 281-693-1455. I would be happy to address any concerns you might have so that you can begin your journey to a better life.