You feel drained. You can’t seem to enjoy anything anymore. You cry often and you don’t know why. There have been some disappointing events in your life, but this sadness keeps hanging around. You’re pretty sure it’s depression. You can’t shake it. It feels like a black cloud weighing you down and fogging your mind. It’s getting in the way of your daily life. You may have found alcohol, food or substances to numb the pain but it’s only temporary.
Depression for many people includes:
-Changes in your diet
-Loss of interest in things you once enjoyed
-Feeling hopeless and thinking nothing will get better
-Difficulty focusing and concentrating
You might even find yourself thinking:
“When is this going to go away.”
“I should be getting stuff done but I just can’t. I’ll do it tomorrow.”
“Nothing is going right for me.”
How can therapy help?
Depression takes over the way we view the world. Everything tends to be negative. Our outlook on ourselves, the world and our future is negative. Our counselors help your depression by first establishing hope. It’s common to feel alone and like there is no way out. Second, we help you plan a life that you want to live through cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). CBT is a type of therapy that is proven to treat depression. CBT involves identifying negative thought patterns and replacing them with helpful, effective thought patterns to interrupt the negative cycle. We will also work with you to return to engaging with the activities and people you enjoy.
During counseling you will:
- Discover the root of your sadness and dissatisfaction with life. We will explore painful past event as well as harmful relationships that may have contributed to the depression. Often clients are able to identify patterns that tend to repeat themselves throughout their life.
- Identify ways to get your sleep and nutrition intake back on track.
- Use mindfulness to increase your awareness of your negative thoughts and feelings. This can help you connect to purpose and authenticity in your life.
- Challenge the unhelpful and ineffective thought patterns that contribute to the depression cycle.
At the end of your counseling, you have the life learning tools to be more optimistic, communicate your needs, and live an authentic and genuine life.
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