Depression Treatment

Are you overwhelmed by feelings of sadness or hopelessness?

Do you have a stream of negative thoughts racing through your mind?

Depression PageDo you experience feelings of emptiness, loneliness or despair? Are you often tearful, sometimes for no apparent reason? Perhaps you find it difficult to feel pleasure in the things you used to enjoy. You may feel alone in your sadness, and even struggle with feelings of worthlessness and thoughts of suicide.

Everyone experiences feelings of sadness at some point in their lives. However, sometimes the sadness can feel so intense and overwhelming that it gets in the way of you living your life. You even might believe that this unhappiness may never go away. When this happens, you likely are experiencing depression. And, everything from your appetite, energy and sleep patterns to your job performance, relationships, and overall ability to feel connected can be affected.

Millions of people suffer from depression everyday. Feelings of depression or chronic unhappiness can feel overpowering and lonely. They also can lead to other painful symptoms, including anger and irritability, physical aches, and digestive issues. Ongoing cycles of depression can also trigger further feelings of hopelessness, self-blame and even low self-esteem.

Why am I depressed?

Depression can be triggered by a number of different factors. Sometimes the disappointments and stresses of everyday life can elicit feelings of grief and sadness that turn into deeper depression. Other times, experiences from the past or negative thought patterns can create blocks to current happiness. Often, the impact of these old experiences or beliefs is beyond conscious awareness, and need to be uncovered and understood. Biology also plays a part in depression. Imbalances in your nervous system and diet can impact your ability to cope with sadness, stress and other emotional challenges.

Can I ever feel joy again?

By seeking therapy for depression treatment, you can begin to overcome feelings of intense sadness and break painful patterns of unhappiness. It is not easy to do alone. Your everyday tools, which may have helped you cope with challenges in the past, may not be the right ones to help lift you from the heaviness of depression. However, depression treatment can provide you with the skills and support you need so that you can re-engage in your life and experience the feelings of joy that you deserve to feel.

How can I begin to heal?

I believe that healing from depression begins with awareness and compassion. Removing judgment is an essential part of healing. It is through a lens of empathy, kindness and understanding that we can discover the causes of your depression, and help you move through these painful feelings toward happiness and fulfillment.

I provide a safe and nurturing environment, and begin the healing process by learning about your unique experience of depression. From there, we work together to resolve past and present issues and break painful patterns. I will help you learn new coping skills and identify internal and external resources to help you restore your emotional balance. Coming from a mind-body perspective, I also encourage exercise, meditation and mindfulness techniques to support your healing process.

I’m not sure . . . I have more questions about depression treatment.

I’m not sure therapy can help me. What if there is just something wrong with me?

When experiencing depression, it is normal to think that nothing can help you feel better. In fact, people suffering from depression often think that something is wrong with them, that they are “no good,” “a failure” or “beyond help”. That simply is not true. In fact, these types of negative thoughts are actually symptoms of depression. Research actually has shown that therapy is highly effective in healing depression.

I’m worried that going to therapy will make me feel like I’m “crazy”.

Unfortunately, there are some negative judgments out there about therapy. Some people believe that you must be “crazy” if you seek counseling. Such beliefs can lead to shameful feelings about asking for help. In truth, taking care of your emotional health is far from crazy or shameful. Your emotional well-being is as important as your physical health. If you broke your leg, would it be crazy to visit your doctor for help? Depression is a health issue, and you deserve to seek help.

Can’t I just take medication to help feel better? Do I really need to go to therapy?

There are a number of excellent prescription medications to help with depression treatment. However, they do not necessarily offer a long-lasting solution. Medications can alleviate depressive symptoms, and sometimes are an important part of the overall treatment process. However, taking medication alone will not help resolve the underlying causes of your depression. With therapy, you can understand what triggered your depression, and actively heal from your emotional pain and sadness.

What makes you unique as a therapist?

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and specialize in working with clients suffering from the painful symptoms of depression. I have a gentle, non-judgmental approach, which helps my clients feel safe and heard. I believe that past experiences and beliefs can impact our present experience, and I work collaboratively with my clients to gently explore these connections. At the same time, I follow my clients’ lead. I am here to help you achieve your goals.

As a somatic therapist, I integrate a mind-body approach into the healing process. I believe it is important to also consider how our bodies respond to emotional stress. I help my clients understand how depressive symptoms can emerge when their nervous systems have difficulty restoring balance after an emotional event or experience. I also provide them with tools to help restore that needed balance, and achieve emotional relief and healing.

How can I connect with you to learn more about depression treatment?

If you would like to learn more about depression symptoms, check out my blog. If you are ready to begin to heal from your depression and start re-engaging in your life, I am here to help. I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation if you would like to learn more about depression treatment and my practice. If you feel ready to set up a full appointment, you can call me at 818-538-9548 or click here to send me an email.