Depression Counseling

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. It's just around the bend.

Do you have a hard time feeling "happy"? Most of us do from time to time. You've felt this way for a while... but there is plenty of happiness left.

You might be a bit depressed. The good news is... it’s not uncommon.

Let’s be real, depression affects over 16 million people in the US each year. But who likes to feel like this? No one!

Before you head off to the drug store to pick up depression medications… give counseling a try.

Depression is a complex illness, that affects multiple systems in your body and we understand what you are going through.

My approach to counseling goal-oriented and action-based. Meaning that I take talk therapy to the next level by not only listening, but challenging you to practice skills when you’re outside of the office. I find this to be the most effective way of accomplishing your counseling goals in a brief and focused manner.

When a client is actively engaging in their depression counseling, they are taking control of their lives again and this is the most rewarding part of the process.

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Is it normal to feel depressed?

The short answer is “YES”. People go through depression for many different reasons.

In the therapy world we talk about a thing called situational depression. Situational depression is a short-term form of depression that typically happens after a traumatic or life-changing event that affects your everyday living. It could be a marriage ending, the death of a loved one, the loss of a job, or an unexpected illness. These are all common times when sadness happens… and this is normal.

But this doesn’t mean that you have to live with it.

When depression goes untreated it starts affecting multiple areas of your life. Depression can manifest itself in many different ways. Do you ever experience any of these?

  • Trouble concentrating
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Pessimism and hopelessness
  • Insomnia or sleeping too much
  • Restlessness
  • Loss of interest in things once pleasurable
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings

My approach to working with depression

Most people who struggle with depression think that they have nothing to look forward to in life.

But somewhere deep down they know that really isn’t true.

That’s where I come in. I help show people the light at the end of the tunnel. As a counselor, I challenge negative thoughts utilizing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT has the highest success rate as an evidence-based model used to treat depression. It is also considered a brief therapy option.

In very simple terms, CBT should be effective in a short amount of time. Through depression counseling we will help you find hope again by reframing destructive thoughts. Those thoughts will be replaced with statements that are real and true.

I don’t only target bad thoughts though. I work to get your behaviors back on track too. Remember all those things you used to enjoy doing? Those things that made you smile?

I can help you get back to enjoying them again!

"Working with Jessica has been a seamless process. She has been able to answer all of my questions and break down the process to small achievable steps. Starting your own private practice can seem like an overwhelming task. Having Jessica's guidance and organization was essential in getting my new business off the ground. I would highly recommend Jessica for her enthusiasm and experience in the field of private practice."
 
— Juliene Simpson Cook, MS, LPC
Cook Counseling

"Jessica is such an amazing therapist and really helped me learn ways to deal with my past trauma/letting go issues. I have been to therapists before and because of my profession they think well “you already know this”. Jessica however actively listened, encouraged, and met me where I was without throwing my profession in the mix. I am forever grateful to have had Jessica as my therapist."

— Former Client
Craig Counseling

"Jessica was able to create a comfortable environment where our girls can have honest conversations around Mental Health. Our girls were able to gain important knowledge about themselves, and gather resources that would further support a healthy lifestyle. In addition to that, Jessica created a space where concerns and real life scenarios were discussed and shared in a judgement free group. Jessica has a great ability to connect with our youth, which makes her an amazing and dynamic facilitator to have." 

— Karina Vogel, PMP
Circle de Luz

"Jessica is very knowledgeable and professional. She has helped me work through difficult times and pushed me to think about life's obstacles in a new way. If you are looking for a therapist who is passionate, friendly and will take you to a new level I'd recommend Jessica." 

— Ayana Barrow, Esq.
Corporate Staff Counsel Geico

"Jessica has been essential in starting my own private practice. She helped guide and inform every step of creating my own practice and has been THE reason I decided to make this career choice. Knowledgeable, experiences, and well-versed in all things private practice!"

— Colleen Marchese, MSW, LCSW
Clara Counseling 

"In our middle school parent lunch and learn 'Tackling Anxiety and Making it Tangible for Our T(w)eens,' Jessica did a wonderful job of explaining about anxiety and how it manifests in our students. In addition to being knowledgable, Jessica was very organized, well spoken, and personable. Our parents left with a great level of understanding while feeling heard."

— Credell Coleman, MS
Providence Day School

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