Many adults are struggling with some sort of depression.
Do you feel stuck, in a rut, and can’t get out? Are you feeling defeated, discouraged or just plain empty?
Have you been withdrawing from loved ones, or your hobbies, and feeling too drained to do anything?
Are you often waking up feeling exhausted and dreading the day?
While it’s common to be feeling this way from time to time, when it starts to affect your daily life, relationships, and work, then its time to talk to someone. You may feel an immense amount of shame, self-loathing, and feeling like you just want to isolate yourself from the world. Just getting out of bed can feel like an immense task.
How depression therapy can help
The good news is that depression therapy can be highly effective. I work from an attachment-based and CBT approach, meaning that the therapeutic relationship and our perceptions hold a lot of answers. In a nutshell CBT involves looking at events and thoughts that are triggering your feelings of depression. Many clients find that therapy can help them find hope, encouragement and personal fulfillment.
Q: I’m afraid to be diagnosed with depression, be put on medication or lose my job.
Medication is an option that may work for some people. I would recommend consulting with your family doctor or psychiatrist. Furthermore, I do not provide official diagnosis or prescribe medication.
What I will do is work with you on identifying your triggers: events and thought patterns that may be contributing to your depression. After we begin to see where depression starts, then we can begin to alter those patterns.
In addition, you will often be asked to put in some time for homework outside of our sessions. This is especially relevant, as clients who work hard in and out of session tend to see the best results.
Q: I’m worried that if I start crying, I’ll lose control of my life. And everything.
This is a common misconception, however, I have often found the opposite. Typically clients find themselves relieved, lighter and happier after they are able to acknowledge, express and share their emotions with a therapist in a safe environment. However, clients all move at their own pace and have their own different experiences with emotions of course.