There Is Hope For EVERYONE Who Struggles With Depression Or Overwhelming Sadness
No matter what you have been told or have heard about depression or any other mental health condition, I sincerely believe that it is possible for most people to overcome depression symptoms. While it is true that some people are more genetically predisposed to experiencing depression symptoms, depression does not have to something that you are stuck with forever. While tragic and sad things happen and it is impossible to go through life without experiencing emotional or physical pain, suffering is not the only option. With the right help and support, there is a way out of the darkness you may be experiencing. No matter what you have been told or know about depression, or how many years you have been struggling with symptoms, you can lead a more fulfilled life. And, I believe humans to be extremely resilient. In spite of the curve balls life throws at us, we all desire to have more joy and hope in our lives. I will collaborate with you to help you heal and find new ways to let joy and hope back into your life. Together, we will create a plan tailored to you and your unique situation, allowing you to move forward and feel better.
Do You Feel Trapped Beneath The Weight Of Depression?
Do you feel hopeless, stuck and/or powerless to affect change in your life? Are you suffering in silence, feeling like nobody understands how down and defeated you feel? Do you find yourself withdrawing from the world, sometimes unable to muster the energy to get out of bed in the morning? Maybe you have trouble sleeping and/or are plagued with negative thoughts and critical self-talk. Perhaps you struggle through each day, lacking mental as well as physical energy and suffering from persistent body aches and pains. It might be that you find yourself being irritable to loved ones, unable to stick up for yourself at work and/or with low motivation for self-care. Do you feel like you are living under a dark cloud, powerless to shake it off? Maybe you feel like giving up or have thought about suicide as a way to leave the pain behind. Do you wish you could connect with a sense of hope and gain control over your thoughts, feelings and life?
Living with depression can be an incredibly lonely experience. Maybe it feels like nobody understands how the smallest task can feel overwhelming when you have a blanket of depression and sadness wrapped tightly around you. Or, it may seem to others that you have a “perfect” life, yet you struggle internally with feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. Your lack of energy, intense sadness and/or numbness might have come out of nowhere or intensified slowly over time. You might feel disappointed in yourself for allowing depression to take over your life. Perhaps the onset of your depression symptoms coincided with the ending of a relationship, death of a loved one and/or a stressful time at work or home. Or maybe you feel like you’re not living the life you want and believe in. Deep down, do you fear that you’re not good enough to have the life you long for?
Depression Is Incredibly Common And Affects Millions Of People Every Year
Depression is one of the most common psychological disorders in the United States, affecting roughly 15 million American adults each year. Depression affects people of all ages, races and genders, and the symptoms of depression can build slowly over time or emerge all at once, coinciding with a major life trauma, a period of stress or even a much longed-for life event, such as marriage, retirement or the birth of a child. Often, people struggle to manage their symptoms for months or even years before reaching a breaking point when hopelessness, fear, loneliness, or fatigue become overwhelming.
With the emergence of social media, much of today’s society has fallen into a “happiness trap,” which is the myth that if you’re living well, you will feel happy 100 percent of the time. Ironically, this pressure to be a happy, joyful person at all times can create and/or increase depression symptoms or make up feel we must be doing something wrong. In reality, everyone goes through periods of sadness, and a certain level of sadness is normal and healthy. However, prolonged periods of sadness coupled with other symptoms may indicate depression. The good news is that depression is highly treatable and there is help and hope for relief.
Depression does not define you. Please click on the following link “meanings of depression” to learn more about my view of depression and the treatment of depression for unique individuals.
Depression Therapy Can Provide You With Support, Skills And Relief
Seeking therapeutic help is the first step to shifting your perspective and gaining control over your thoughts, feelings, and life. As a systemically trained therapist I not ignore the social context you live in and how you’re your relationships impact you. Often working on improving social contacts or relationships naturally improves your mood.
Depression counseling provides you with the space to speak honestly and openly about your experience, without fear of judgment. Sessions are your time to discuss your thoughts, emotions, fears and desires. Together, we’ll develop a therapy plan tailored to your needs that can help you learn the skills needed to overcome the symptoms that are controlling your life. A big part of depression therapy is focusing on HOW you can feel better rather than getting stuck on WHY you feel the way you feel. While understanding the WHY can be informative, knowing what you can do to feel better means coming up with solutions that make you feel more empowered to heal and have a joyful life. Often therapists will suggest that “getting to the root cause” will solve your problems. However, sometimes there are multiple variables that lead to someone feeling depressed and, even if you do know the cause of your depression (such as a troubled relationship or job loss), this knowledge does not necessarily provide you with solutions. Not getting enough sleep, exercise, or having time to relax and have fun can all be contributing factors to feeling depressed. My approach to depression therapy focuses on helping you use your strengths to overcome the painful and hard parts of life, rather than dwelling on the negatives.
In depression therapy sessions, I can help you change the way you relate to negative thoughts and/or change the thoughts themselves. Simply understanding and shifting your relationship with your thoughts very often changes how you feel. Using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques, you can learn to recognize thoughts without attaching meaning to them. And, by not engaging negative thoughts, you’ll learn that thoughts are just thoughts, and are not necessarily true. I’ll also help you identify your values and goals and engage in behaviors that are in accordance with what is important to you. Together, we’ll formulate manageable, actionable steps you can take to create and pursue the life you want, and I’ll help you celebrate even the smallest successes. You will learn the benefits of mindfulness practice on your physical and emotional health. Throughout this process, we’ll also address self-defeating habits and create a plan to help you develop restorative self-care strategies. Though reframing your perspective, taking even small actions that are in accordance with your values and taking better care of yourself, you can begin to break out of the cycle of fatigue, disappointment, persistent fears and stress. As you tap into your innate strengths, resources and resiliency, you can gain the skills you need to live the life you want.
Since 2001, I have been helping people manage and overcome depression. I’ve worked in multiple settings, including private practice, hospitals and pain and cancer clinics. I am trained in multiple evidence-based approaches to treating depression, as well as clinical hypnosis and biofeedback techniques, which I incorporate when appropriate.
While depression can feel overwhelming and like there’s no way out, with help and support, you can uncover what you want in life and move toward achieving goals and realizing dreams. I believe in the resiliency of the human spirit. By engaging in a therapeutic relationship and trying something different, dramatic changes often occur. With commitment and a willingness to affect change in your life, you can reconnect with yourself and others, recognize your own strength and resilience and emerge into a better, brighter life.
You may still have questions and concerns about treatment for depression…
I feel hopeless and don’t believe that anything will change.
Although things may seem really dark right now, with the right help and support, it is possible to feel better. Whether you’ve been depressed for months or years, and even if you’ve worked with someone else and haven’t found relief, I urge you to not give up hope. In sessions, I can help you learn proven, effective techniques that you’ve never tried before. I will provide you with tools and new ways of relating to your symptoms, which can improve your sense of well-being. And, I have successfully helped many people learn to manage their depression and live more contented, energetic lives.
One of the most transformative and empirically validated parts of successful therapy is having a strong therapeutic relationship. I have worked with many clients over the years that just didn’t click with another therapist. If you or I feel that we are not a good therapeutic match, I will help you find someone who is the right match for you. I encourage you to try therapy regardless of whether you have been in therapy before, or if you have tried in the past and given up. There is a reason that you landed on this page. You want to experience a life that is different from the one you have now, and I can help you achieve that goal.
Isn’t therapy expensive?
I invite you to ask yourself how depression is affecting your life right now. Is it impacting your relationships, health, well-being and/or your ability to function at work or school? Maybe you’re missing work, opportunities or important events. All of these factors can exert a huge cost on your life. However, by investing in yourself and working with an experienced depression therapist, you can restore hope and positively impact all areas of your life.
I’m afraid that talking about how bad I feel in therapy will make me feel even worse.
In the safe space of depression therapy sessions, we will move at a pace you feel is right. My goal is for you to feel as comfortable as possible. With me, you’ll never be pressured to talk about anything you do not want to or are not ready to. And, it is important to recognize that a big part of therapy is focusing on the good, what is working well in your life and making plans for how you want your life to change for the better. Therapy does not have to be all dim and grim. While working with a depression therapist may initially seem daunting, most people find depression therapy to be an unburdening experience and feel great relief during and following sessions.
You Can Live A Happy, Fulfilling Life
I invite you to call 972-489-2658 today for a free 15-minute phone consultation. I can answer any questions you have about working with a depression therapist and my practice.