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.
We make our approach to counseling goal-oriented and action-based. Meaning that we take talk therapy to the next level by not only listening, but challenging you to practice skills when you’re outside of the office. We 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.
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
- Feelings of guilt
- Pessimism and hopelessness
- Insomnia or sleeping too much
- Loss of interest in things once pleasurable
- Overeating or appetite loss
- Persistent sad, anxious, or "empty" feelings
Our 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 we come in. We help show people the light at the end of the tunnel. As therapists, we 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 our 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.
We don’t only target bad thoughts though. We work to get your behaviors back on track too. Remember all those things you used to enjoy doing? Those things that made you smile?
We can help you get back to enjoying them again!
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