The common characteristics of depression are well known:
- lack of motivation or energy
- persistent sadness
- constant irritation
- loss of interest in activities or hobbies
- changes in sleep and appetite
All of these symptoms of depression are difficult to bear – but what makes depression even harder to live with are the hallmarks of depression: helplessness and hopelessness.
Here’s what I want you to know:
Counseling can help. There is hope.
In many ways, all depression can be thought of as unresolved grief:
The grief of…
- feeling helpless
- changing identities and relationships
- losing a job or being stuck in a job you hate
- infertility or miscarriage
- the persistent dysfunction in your family
- the death of a loved one
- feeling you’re not who you “should” be… (more on that later)
How can counseling help?
Together, we will restore hope and give you tools to combat the helplessness.
Even though you may feel helpless, you are not helpless. If you’ve found yourself on this page, I imagine you are sick of depression taking over the things that matter to you—your family, relationships, job, and thoughts. You’re considering reaching out for help, which is the most hopeful and helpful action you can take. I’m already impressed by your courage.
Using research backed modalities such as EMDR, Post Induction Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, we will get to the root of your depression and help you heal. By resolving the root of the problem, we often can lessen—or even prevent—a future depression episode.
Counseling for depression can:
- shorten the duration of depression and help you feel better faster
- prevent depression from worsening
- help you with problem-solving when your focus and perspective is clouded by depression
- give you tools to cope now and in the future
- enhance your role as a parent, spouse, and friend as you’re able to return to your authentic self