Perhaps you wish you could just live and function like everyone else, but the emotional weight is too encompassing to shake off. Or maybe you’re beginning to recognize the impact that depression is having on your life, and you’re hoping therapy will finally help you heal and find some relief.
For instance, in the morning you may have trouble getting out of bed or finding the mental energy to face the day. When you finally manage to leave the house, you probably feel like you have to put on a good face for friends or co-workers so nobody worries about you.
At work, you may struggle to stay on task or perform your best because you’re constantly in your head, battling negative thoughts and beliefs about yourself. And when you make it home, you don’t have the emotional bandwidth to hang out with friends, engage with your partner, or do anything you once enjoyed.
Depression has a way of making you feel alone and hopeless, but you don’t have to navigate the pain and sadness on your own. With the help of a kind and compassionate depression counselor, you can finally heal and live a life of purpose, meaning, and joy.
If you or someone you know are having a hard time, it is urgent that you reach out for help immediately. If you’re having suicidal thoughts or behaviors, call 911 or get to your nearest emergency room. You can also call the national suicide prevention hotline at 800-273-8255. You are not alone, and I promise this horrible feeling will pass. You don’t have to suffer alone.
Everyone gets sad occasionally, but when persistent feelings of grief, sorrow, or hopelessness begin to disrupt your life, depression can slowly take root. Sadly, although depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide, only a fraction of the 250 million people who struggle with the condition ever seek treatment. (1)
So what causes depression? There can be many factors that either contribute to, exacerbate, or cause depression:
When a person is in the midst of an emotional crisis, it’s hard to see through the wall of pain and sadness to recognize that there is hope for healing. Even if they do manage to rationalize their emotions and figure out a game plan for feeling better, depression can rob them of the energy to do anything about it.
Plus, we live in a society that’s built upon unrealistic expectations for self-sufficiency. If we need help, we look weak. If we don’t have all the answers, we look foolish. If we can’t bear the weight of our emotional pain, well…then we’re just not trying hard enough.
The truth is: everyone needs a little help here and there, and reaching out shows tremendous strength, courage, and self-awareness. The support and guidance you can receive through therapy allow you to free yourself from depression and feel more in control of your emotions and your life.
Many people struggling with depression feel like a burden to others, so even seeking treatment seems like an imposition. But that’s what therapists are for.
Our job is to be your ally—to accept you unconditionally and offer you a safe space free of judgment or agenda where you can express yourself without holding back. In that way, therapy isn’t just about healing and managing the symptoms of depression; it’s also about finding your voice, discovering who you are, and learning to love yourself and your uniqueness.
But first, we need to get to the core of what’s going on and understand it better so we can create a treatment plan that speaks to your needs…and that requires a little exploration.
When we meet for your therapy session, you’ll have an opportunity to share your story and describe your experience with depression. We’ll look at when the trouble began, how long it’s been an issue, and what kind of situations make it worse—or better. We’ll also discuss some of your initial goals for therapy and where you’d ultimately like to see yourself.
Once you feel comfortable and familiar with the process, we can start turning inward together and explore different aspects of your life in more depth. The goal is to identify any reasons—original wounding in your past or current aspects of your lifestyle—that help us determine why you’re struggling with depression.
By creating a detailed collage from the individual pieces of your life, we can identify what makes you happy, build upon your inner resilience, and draw a roadmap to healing that’s tailored to your needs.
We take a comprehensive, person-centered approach to depression treatment that places you in control. That means, for example:
Our therapists are trained in a variety of treatment methods and therapeutic approaches. Throughout the healing process, you’ll be equipped with various evidence-based tools to help you self-soothe, stay centered, and communicate your experiences clearly and without guilt.
If you feel hurt, sad, or hopeless, you are not alone. Depression can get the best of anyone, but with the help of a caring and empathetic counselor, it is possible to heal, grow, and find new meaning and joy.
You don’t have to feel like you’re just waiting in line for life to be over—you can discover a new way of being that is much more fulfilling.