Are you feeling unusually sad, overwhelmingly tired, even hopeless, making it impossible to enjoy your relationships?
Are low moods and lack of energy interfering with your capacity to develop and maintain fulfilling relationships?
Do you feel like you are “stuck in a chair and can’t get out”?
Are you continually feeling depressed because relationship patterns learned in childhood just aren’t working in your adult life?
Is depression affecting your marriage or your relationship with your children?
Are you self-medicating with alcohol, drugs, food, or in other ways to escape from difficult feelings?
Have you experienced sexual, physical, or emotional abuse, and do you feel deeply depressed as a result?
Do you cry “at the drop of a hat” or have problems with sleeping and eating?
Have you recently had a baby and are you feeling very blue when you believe you should be happy?
Depression: Beyond sadness
Depression is more than sadness or a passing low mood. If you are depressed, you know what I’m talking about.
Depression affects your body, moods, and thoughts. It can change the way you sleep and eat, the way you take care of yourself, and the way you think about things. It can impair relationships with friends and loved ones, who want to help but don’t know what to do.
Depression is not an indicator of personal weakness, nor is it a situation that can be wished away. If you have depression, you can’t just snap out of it and be normal. Without effective treatment, depression and its symptoms can last for weeks, months, or even years.
Effective treatment for depression
If you are depressed, psychotherapy can help you in several ways. First, support from a psychotherapist can decrease the pain of depression and address the feelings of hopelessness.
Second, psychotherapy can change the pessimism, unrealistic expectations and thoughts, and critical self-talk associated with depression.
Third, deep psychotherapeutic work can help find the root causes of depression and heal the wounds from childhood or from traumatic experiences that may have brought on the depression.
Finally, therapy can address problems in your relationships that might have precipitated the depression or that are a result of your depression. Often depression is intertwined with relationship issues. Helping you change destructive relationship patterns and heal relationship pain is part of my approach to treating depression.
You might have some more questions or concerns. . . .
Question 1: Won’t talking about how I’m feeling make it worse? It’s just so painful.
It is painful, but talking with a therapist about how you are feeling is very different from talking with a friend or family member. You will learn how to think about yourself and your depression in different ways that will help alleviate the pain and lift the depression.
Depression treatment is evidence-based and structured. You will be aided in changing your thought patterns, behaviors, and emotional reactions so that depression can become a thing of the past.
Question 2: What will therapy do for me that antidepressant medication won’t?
For some people, medication can reduce the symptoms of depression and may be needed in certain situations. A psychiatrist can evaluate you if you want to investigate the use of medication. However, it is almost always most helpful in combination with therapy for depression.
You can reduce depression through therapy alone, and you may prefer this, as many antidepressant medications have unpleasant side effects and only reduce symptoms. Therapy addresses both symptoms and root causes of depression and can be a more long-term answer to the problem.
Question 3: How long will the treatment take and how much does it cost?
First, I encourage you to look at how much depression is getting in the way of your relationships and making your life more than unpleasant. Are you suffering daily and not living your life as planned? Imagine a life without depression in which you are able to do the things you want to do and have fulfilling relationships with friends, colleagues, and loved ones without distress. How much time and money is that worth to you?
Second, the good news is that treatment can be effective quite quickly and efficiently. Of course, it varies from person to person, so I cannot predict exactly how long it might take for you. With your commitment and hard work, along with my expertise, you can get better. You can enjoy work, play, friends, and family again.
Working with me makes sense.
Depression interferes with relationships and can make the world feel like an isolating, hostile place. It makes sense to work with a therapist who focuses entirely on helping adults conquer problems that are preventing them from enjoying relationships and leading the life they were meant to live. My goal is to help you lessen your depression enough to feel like yourself fully and enjoy being with other people.
Clients find the help they need because of my flexible style, my ability to tailor the therapy to the needs of the client, and my experience gained from many years of working with adults from many walks of life and various cultures around the world.
You have a choice when seeking a therapist.
Call for a consultation to ask questions about therapy for depression and to see if you feel comfortable working with me.
Don’t wait to get the help you need and live the life you want.
Your next step:
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