Depression Counseling

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The symptoms of depression can be debilitating. Depression's unrelenting sadness, hopelessness, and lethargy interfere with the simplest daily activities.  Everyone has days of depression, but a large and growing number of people fight this darkness daily for long and difficult periods of time. 

Depression (like Anxiety) is not usually the primary problem but rather a symptom of unresolved issues. These underlying issues (primary problems) produce negative feelings and experiences we lump together in the term depression. It is true that depression often has a neurochemical component that can be improved in some cases with medication, but studies have repeatedly shown that medications are often not enough. Addressing the underlying root issues through counseling regularly yields better and longer-lasting outcomes. A major goal of depression counseling is to equip and encourage you to identify the underlying issues and help you deal with them on your own so you can flourish and thrive.

 

Adapting a variety of strategies to your unique situation, we will encourage and equip you to decrease the symptoms of depression and start enjoying a more abundant life.

Strategy 1 -  Behavioral Strategies  Since depression has a significant biological component, it is important to combat it with physical strategies. We help clients take small but significant steps toward a daily lifestyle that does not feed their depression. 

Strategy 2 - Primary Problems  In the safety of our session, your counselor will help you identify the underlying factors contributing to your depression.  Once we know the underlying problems, we can develop practical strategies for addressing them. 

Strategy 3 - Cognitive Strategies  Research has demonstrated that replacing negative thoughts with positive ones is a highly effective method of combatting the symptoms of depression. Using CBT, Narrative Therapy, and other tools, clients will begin to think, feel, and live very differently.

 Symptoms of Depression

  • Altered sleep patterns & weariness.

  • Altered eating patterns.

  • Pervasive sadness.

  • Irritability, volatility, anger.

  • Feelings of hopelessness & pessimism.

  • Loss of enjoyment of hobbies, friends, etc.

  • Guilt, shame, worthlessness.

  • Lack of concentration.

  • Loss of motivation.

  • Avoidance of potentially stressful daily activities or relationships.

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We can help.

 

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