Do You Struggle Daily With An Overwhelming Feeling Of Grief Or Sadness?
Is a deep sense of sorrow weighing you down, preventing you from successfully managing everyday tasks, such as working, taking care of yourself or engaging in healthy relationships? Has a recent divorce, loss or traumatic event left you with unprocessed grief or locked you into a belief that nothing will ever get better? Or, does life feel hopeless and gray, but you’re not sure why?
Perhaps you experience constant emotional pain, or a sense of purposeless or inadequacy that keeps you from falling asleep or wakes you in the middle of the night. Or, maybe you have trouble getting out of bed in the mornings and the thought of facing the day fills you with a familiar, yet inexplicable, dread.
Are you frequently irritated or easily angered and take frustrations out on others, even those closest to you, without understanding why? Or, perhaps you wonder why you have lost interest in the activities and pleasures you once enjoyed, or wonder if you really ever enjoyed anything. Do you wish you could lift this burden and find your way to wholeness, happiness, and confidence?
Living with depression can be a confusing, cloudy and exhausting experience, and every day may feel like another struggle. Your work performance may be challenged by a lack of sleep and engagement. Maybe your relationships are threatened by lashing out or willfully isolating yourself. And, in an attempt to find relief or escape, you may be self-medicating with substances or alcohol, which further harms your personal wellbeing. Perhaps you feel unsure where to turn. Fortunately, you are not alone. Depression is a very common and very treatable emotional condition. With the proper guidance and counseling, therapy for depression can empower you to establish greater control and happiness in your life..
Depression Is One Of The Most Frequently Diagnosed Conditions In The World
Mild to persistent or major depression affects upwards of 19 million Americans—or 7.6 percent of the nation’s total population. Depression can develop as a result of many different factors and often accompanies other psychological issues, such as trauma and anxiety disorders. Your biological or genetic make-up, personal life situation or lifestyle, cognitive awareness, gender, current medications or the co-occurrence of other medical conditions can all contribute to symptoms of depression. It is a force of fear, doubt, sorrow and hopelessness that intrudes upon your life in many subtle ways. For example, you might compare yourself to others on social media and feel that your life comes up short. Or, perhaps watching the news makes you feel powerless and doubtful that the world has anything good to offer. Many people struggling with depression find it difficult to believe that they are worth anything at all.
We all experience painful grief and sadness from time to time, and if you do, it doesn’t necessarily mean you need counseling. But when depression symptoms persist or become unmanageable it is time to seek help. Therapy for depression can offer you the guidance and help needed to empower you to reveal your self-worth, establish greater control and cultivate happiness in your life.
Depression Treatment Can Offer You Empowerment And Strength
With a willful commitment to healing, depression counseling can be a very powerful tool in helping you emotionally understand yourself more fully and clearly. By investigating your symptoms in a safe, supportive environment, you can begin to better understand how depression works and reframe the thoughts that contribute to it. You can begin to accept the difficult emotions that you may be trying to ignore or reject and learn new ways to face your fears, along with life’s challenges.
“Opportunities to find deeper powers within ourselves come when life seems most challenging.” Joseph Campbell
In depression therapy sessions, I provide a safe, confidential and accepting environment for you to gently explore your emotional pain, problems or concerns with no judgment. Because each person’s situation is different, the solution to your situation will be unique as well, and I tailor my approach to accommodate your needs, personality and therapy goals. As you develop the tools you need to heal, I will challenge you to call upon yourself to discover and experience the best person you can be, emphasizing the importance of self-responsibility and awareness.
I will teach you strategies and techniques that challenge you to experiment with yourself and different situations. Through practicing mindful awareness, you can learn to identify and manage depression symptoms as they arise. Using acceptance and commitment therapy techniques, I will also show you ways to accept your negative feelings when they manifest and how to act and perform confidently in the face of them. With my guidance, you can start using the internal strength you didn’t know you had in order to discover and cultivate the authentic you. You can begin to understand the power and importance of self-compassion and self-reliance. You are your own best resource for healing and change. By committing to the process of healing and working together, you can achieve positive effects that are very tangible, significant and real.
I am considering men’s counseling for depression, but I still have a few concerns…
I am afraid that I will appear weak if I seek depression treatment.
Many people are initially reluctant to ask for help with depression. Men, in particular, are historically and statistically more reluctant than women to reach out for support, which can be an obvious detriment to their overall well-being. It takes great strength and courage to ask for help, and although you may want to isolate yourself when you are sick, counseling for depression can greatly benefit you as well as those around you. Depression is just another type of sickness. We don’t judge those suffering from other illnesses, and there is no need to judge yourself for struggling with depression.
Can talking about my feelings really help change anything?
In our sessions, we are not just going to talk about emotions. Together, we will develop a direct and meaningful look at how you are dealing with situations or issues and what positive, action-based changes you can make to your approach. We can construct a direct, effective way to navigate your symptoms of depression and personal challenges that you can put into practice immediately.
I am afraid that I will have to wear the label of depression the rest of my life.
There are no labels, because you are not your medical condition. A cancer patient is not her cancer, a trauma client is not his trauma and you are not your depression. Depression is a silent enemy that robs you of happiness, hope, pleasure and your authenticity as a person. The goal of therapy is to not only make you happier, but to also reveal and reinforce your true identity that is presently obscured by pain, grief and negative thoughts.
You Don’t Have To Make Sense Of Your Depression Alone
Please call, text or email me to set up a free 15-30 minute phone or in-person consultation. I would be happy to discuss your particular situation, needs and concerns and answer any questions you may have about depression treatment and my practice.