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Depression Counseling

Is Everyday A Struggle?

Do you feel as though you’re living in a fog, constantly feeling tired, uncertain and down? Does lethargy make your arms or legs feel heavy or cause a persistent lack of energy? Maybe tired and heavy feelings cause you to oversleep, impedes your ability to concentrate and diminishes your pleasure is all activities. Or, maybe you feel restless and can’t sleep. Is your mood one of hopelessness or worthlessness? Are you experiencing suicidal thoughts? Do you wish you could live with increased energy and experience pleasure, joy and fulfillment in life?

Living with depression can be a lonely, weighty experience, often creating feelings of sadness and helplessness. Depression can be brought on by many factors and manifest in many ways. Depression can present as persistent unhappiness or pessimism. It can also cause distressing emotional and physical discomforts—some that can come with severe consequences, such as not being able to get out of bed or harboring suicidal thoughts.

While some people are more sensitive and susceptible to depression because of genetics or a depressed parent or spouse, many experience depressive symptoms during and after major life transitions, traumas and significant losses. Regardless of the cause or severity of your depression, if you have been experiencing ongoing symptoms that are affecting your ability to feel good and function well, depression treatment may be critical to your wellbeing.

Many People Struggle With Depression

One in 10 American adults suffers from depression, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). It is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders in the country, and its effects can be debilitating. The instability of the economy, environmental degradation and social and cultural issues can encourage a cycle of depression. The dominant role of technology, too, can relay sad, hopeless images and messages while keeping you in an environment of isolation. Once you’ve had a major depressive episode the chances of it recurring are high. Sometimes depressive symptoms remit naturally, but sometimes they continue and worsen. The good news is that while depression is prevalent in our society, it is also one of the most effectively managed and treated disorders. With the right psychologist and approach, you can experience relief from the fog of negative emotions that are weighing you down.

Depression Treatment Can Help You Feel Good Again

In initial depression treatment sessions, we’ll work together to identify the root cause and triggers of your depressive thoughts and feelings. During these nonjudgmental, safe and confidential sessions, we will explore your specific behaviors as well as your thorough history—how old you were when depression started, what your symptoms are today and what sustains these feelings. Working collaboratively, we will discover how your depression affects your life and develop a treatment plan focused on decreasing your symptoms.

In a safe and compassionate environment you can begin to understand what factors contribute to your cycle of negative thoughts. Together we will practice ways to shift these thoughts into more positive, realistic ones so that you can have a healthier outlook about yourself and the world around you.

My depression treatment is individualized to meet your specific needs. Regardless of the causes and severity of your symptoms, you can learn effective techniques to help yourself when heavy thoughts and feelings become overwhelming. I utilize cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which is a goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that takes a practical approach to problem solving. The goal of CBT is to change the patterns of thinking or behavior that cause your depression. The CBT approach can help you to develop realistic ways to reconnect with yourself, loved ones and your community. With a solid recovery plan and the right therapist, it is possible to decrease or eliminate your symptoms. And, I can provide you with methods to better manage depressive episodes as they recur.

But, you still may have some questions or concerns about depression treatment…

I don’t feel comfortable opening up about my depression…

Taking the first step toward change and healing can be the hardest. However, taking that first step and seeking therapy can be life changing. I empathize with your fear about opening up and seeking depression treatment. You may wonder why you should talk to a stranger about your feelings, and I understand that. Please know that there is no time restraint here. I’m willing to wait as long as it takes for you to feel comfortable with me. Once you do feel comfortable talking about your past and current depression, you may feel a sense of relief. Much comfort can come from finally sharing your struggles with another. And, you can realize that you’re not alone on your path to healing. I provide a safe, supportive and nonjudgmental space for you to work through your challenges.

I’m so far down that I’m not sure depression treatment will work for me…

With help, it is possible to move out of a depressive cycle and find energy, purpose and happiness again, but this process can take time. You may have lived with these thoughts and feelings for as long as you can remember, so it’s important to note that total relief from depression likely won’t happen overnight. However, the more you’re able to open up and learn how to break free from your cycle, the better you will feel in the long run. During therapy, I will teach you methods you can use to help cope during your darkest moments.

I’m worried that a depression treatment is a lifetime prescription.

I am a licensed psychologist, which is not to be confused with a psychiatrist. I am not licensed to prescribe medicine. My approach is purely behavioral and cognitive, and I pull from personal and family history when needed. I can provide you with a safe, non-judgmental space for you to talk about your issues, such as what brought here today, your family history or your relationship with your spouse or partner. You get to determine which course the therapy ultimately takes, making the practice genuine and in the moment. In general I don’t have an agenda, especially in regard to medication. If necessary, I can provide you with a good referral.

You Deserve To Be Happy

Seeking depression treatment can be life changing. Sometimes, everyone needs help. It takes a lot of courage and strength to reach out and begin your healing process. I invite you to call (520) 326-5761 or email me at ssticken@live.com.