Everyone has experienced sadness in their lives, and this is a normal part of the human experience. With healthy sadness, we can usually point to something in particular and recognize that as being a trigger. When it comes to depression, the sadness is persistent and many people have difficulty pinpointing the cause. It begins to impact your daily life in a way that, if left untreated, can become debilitating.
Some common symptoms of depression include:
Depressed mood (sad, empty, tearful)
Lack of interest or pleasure in activities you previously enjoyed
Feeling like the world would be better off if you weren't here
Isolating yourself or withdrawing from others
Fatigue or loss of energy
Significant weight or appetite change
Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
Feelings of hopelessness or helplessness
Feeling like no one cares
Difficulty concentrating or focusing
Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide
How can depression therapy help?
I'll help you identify some of the root causes of your depression, as it often surfaces in the aftermath of a big life transition or a series of smaller triggering events.
In addition to processing through the emotions associated with these triggers, I will also use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help you change the way you think in order to change the way you feel. This method of treatment has been proven to yield high success rates time and time again. Most people are unaware of the degree to which their thought patterns are impacting their emotions. I use additional methods of treatment to supplement CBT:
Mindfulness - focused on remaining in the present moment
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) - based on values and goals
Client-Centered Therapy - focused on the therapeutic relationship and providing a non-judgmental environment
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) - development of skills for dealing with highly emotional situations
Internal Family Systems (IFS) - based on the idea that our parts (sub-personalities) function as a system and react to other systems
Altogether, we provide a very comprehensive treatment approach, and your "tool kit" will be full by the time our work together is over. Clients who have participated in depression therapy report having an easier time identifying their emotions, more motivation and hopefulness, greater ability to cope with life's stressors, improved relationships with others, and a sense of acceptance and resolve about past life events.
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