Does Every Day Feel Like A Struggle?
Do you persistently feel as though you are not enough? Perhaps your mind is so crowded with negative thoughts that you can’t seem to find joy in anything. This may leave you with an underlying dissatisfaction that clouds everything.
Are you struggling with memories from the past and wounds that you can’t seem to let go? Perhaps you are ruminating over details of a breakup, a loss or another painful experience. You may realize there’s nothing you can do about what happened now, but the experience still remains at the forefront of your mind. Although you likely long to break free from this cycle and live in the present, something is keeping you stuck.
Is depression affecting your relationships? Maybe you feel like you’re simply going through the motions or putting on a façade to seem “okay” to everyone else. This may deplete all your energy and leave you feeling painfully alone. Without any suitable outlet to dispel distress, you may even struggle with drinking or using drugs, getting out bed and completing everyday tasks.
In all of these ways and more, dealing with depression can be an isolating and draining experience. It can affect everything from your sleeping and eating habits to your ability to reach your full potential. It can start to interfere with your immune health and lead to higher rates of illnesses. Most painfully of all, it can make you question the point of living.
But, even though it may be difficult to feel hopeful right now, some part of you is ready to make a change—to find solutions that actually heal depression at the root and lead to sustainable results.
Depression Is More Common Than You Might Think
If you are struggling with depression symptoms, you are not alone. According to Mental Health America, depression is one the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders in America, affecting nearly seven percent of the population.
Unlike sadness, which is a feeling that we all experience, depression occurs when emotions get stuck and you’re not able to fully process them. Painful thoughts and feelings about yourself as bad or inadequate can underlie depression. When this is your habitual way of relating to yourself, it can be very difficult to overcome alone. Each subsequent stressful event in life can trigger depressive episodes.
There are many signs of depression, both biological and environmental, and they can range in severity. On one end of the spectrum, you have difficulty feeling good about yourself or empowered in your relationships. On the other end, you may not be able to function and struggle with suicidal thoughts. If you are considering ending your life and need immediate assistance, please contact a suicide hotline.
In our performance-driven culture, depression can be especially debilitating. With high external demands and the need to keep up with appearances, it may be hard to acknowledge that you feel depressed and allow yourself the time and space to authentically work through the feelings. You may hold yourself to a very high standard and feel as though you are always falling short of who and how you “should” be. This can perpetuate a cycle that fuels low self-esteem.
Unstable relationships are also linked to depression, especially if you’ve recently been through a tough breakup or persistently feel disempowered among others. Stable connections are the cornerstone of healthy minds. When you feel truly connected to people, you then have the will and strength to be completely yourself and to pursue your passions.
The good news is that I can help you establish healthy relationships, including the one you have with yourself. Depression treatment can heal the anger and sadness you’re holding inside and allow you to finally move forward.
Individual And Group Depression Counseling Can Help You Heal And Thrive
In my practice, I offer individual and group counseling to help you overcome depression.
In a safe, warm environment, you can acquire insights into why you feel the way you do and how to establish more self-compassion and confidence. You can receive the support and understanding you need to let go of things you cannot control and focus on the here and now. Instead of moving negative energy inward and feeding self-blame and self-criticism, you can learn to expel it outward by setting boundaries and taking action, until depression no longer burdens you.
Oftentimes clients start out in individual therapy. The connection we form in the room can serve as a practice arena for all of the other relationships in your life.
Because I believe that your ability to form safe, connected relationships is directly tied to your ability to feel good and process emotion, I offer group therapy as well. Many of my clients find the most success in participating in individual therapy in conjunction with group therapy. This combination is extremely effective in warding off heavy feelings of isolation, as well as in establishing strong, connected bonds. Just knowing that other people are going through the same things can be revolutionary, as it offers acceptance and breaks the barrier of shame.
Depression therapy is a deep learning experience—about yourself, how you see yourself in the world and where you would like to go from here. Increased attention to your internal world is necessary for true transformation. As you come to understand your wants and needs, then here, you can make small, incremental changes, that have a big impact on your mood and perspective.
I’ve been working with clients struggling with depression for over 20 years. In all my experience, I know that profound healing and growth are possible. With the right guidance and support, it’s possible to find more ease and joy—to find your authentic voice and truly listen to it. When you’re able to do this, you can connect with the life you really want.
You may still have questions or concerns about depression counseling…
Does seeking out depression help mean I’m a failure?
Absolutely not. In fact, quite the opposite is true. It takes a lot of courage to make a change, to take an empowering step toward the person you wish to be. Recognizing the desire for help and personal growth is a sign of wisdom and success.
Do I have to participate in group therapy?
Most of my clients start with individual therapy and combine group work when they are ready. Although group work can be a highly effective form of depression treatment, there is never any pressure to join a group.
And if you do join, you will never be pressured to share your story or go at a pace that is beyond your comfort. Simply listening to others share their experience can be healing, as it may remind you that you are not alone. But, no matter what, the choice to enter group work is 100 percent yours.
I’ve tried therapy before, and it didn’t work.
Even if you’ve tried therapy in the past, you’re at a different stage now—you’re ready for a change. I’ve been working with people for many years, helping them work through everything from major depression to situational grief, and I find that depression is very treatable.
Depression often doesn’t get better if you wait it out. If you’re ready to make a change in your life, do not wait. You deserve to feel good and have the life you want.
Live Lighter As Your True Self
If you would like to learn more about depression counseling or schedule a session, please feel call 512-222-6946 for a free 15-minute phone consultation.
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