Counseling for Depression
Are you feeling hopeless, isolated, or not your usual self? Do you feel like not matter what you do, you can’t feel better?
Have any of these thoughts run through your mind?
- I am worthless and can’t do anything about it.
- I feel guilty for just wanting to eat, sleep and be alone.
- I hate who I am these days.
- I can’t stop crying, which makes me want to stay away from others.
- I feel gut-wrenching pain, but no one understands.
- My life and the world around me are dark. I hate it, but I can’t change it.
- Suicidal thoughts
If you have had any of these thoughts or something similar, you may be suffering from depression.
You Are Not Alone
It’s so common for people to feel alone when they are struggling with depression, but know that you are not alone. Major Depressive Disorder affects over 16 million adults in the United States, and over 300 million people around the world. Even if you have never been diagnosed with it, it can be debilitating.
Common Symptoms of Depression
Some people don’t realize they are depressed. Depression can look and feel different depending on who you are and why you are depressed. Sometimes it is caused by a specific event, but other times you can’t quite put your finger on why you feel the way you do.
Here are some common signs that you may be struggling with depression:
- Loss of motivation
- Changes in sleep (sleeping too much or not enough)
- Decreased appetite
- Eating comfort foods
- Weight loss or weight gain
- Unable to connect to others
- Feeling isolated
- Negative thoughts about yourself and the world around you
- Not finding joy in the things you used to enjoy doing
- Low self-esteem
You may experience some of these, or none at all, but you’ve noticed that you’ve been in a “funk” and just can’t shake this dark cloud hanging over your head. If you are unhappy with your job or career, those feelings of depression can carry over into your personal life. Therapy can help break this pattern of negativity and help you feel like yourself again.
How Therapy Can Help You Feel Better
You don’t have to wait until your depression is severe or diagnosable to seek help. If you are suffering from Major Depressive Disorder or just feel “off”, therapy can help. I’ll show you compassion and empathy and teach you to treat yourself with the same care and concern. When we work together, you are being heard and your feelings are validated. You don’t have to worry about being judged or dismissed.
I’ll teach you how to manage your symptoms so you can find relief, motivation, and energy. You’ll become more self-aware, learn positive coping skills, and be aware of when intrusive negative thoughts are creeping in so you can replace them with positive self-talk. Therapy helps you reconnect with your loved ones and feel like yourself again!
Grief & Loss
Grief is a natural part of life. When we lose a loved one or a way of life, grief helps us cope and process that loss. When grief becomes unmanageable, it can lead to depression, especially if you’ve suffered multiple losses.
People grieve for many different reasons, including:
- Death of a loved one, including pets
- Divorce, breakup, or changes in a relationship, including friendships
- Personal injury, illness, or disability (loss of physical abilities)
- Becoming a caregiver for a loved one
- Losing a job or job change (such as promotion or demotion)
- Changes in financial security or situation
- Getting married or becoming a parent (loss of old way of life)
Whatever the reason for your grief, therapy can help you process that loss (or losses). People often feel guilty for wanting to move past the pain, but you have nothing to feel guilty about. You can honor and celebrate the love you had for the person, pet, or life you lost, while still nurturing your own emotional needs. You deserve to be happy and live the life you want.
Postpartum Depression & Anxiety
Becoming a new parent is filled with excitement, joy, and celebration, but it often comes with feelings of guilt, depression, anxiety, and self-doubt. Postpartum depression and anxiety are incredibly common, but not often talked about. There’s a societal expectation that new parents have to be full of joy because of the arrival of the new baby, so when any other emotion arises, parents often feel guilty for not living up to the expectations placed on them by others or themselves.
There are so many reasons why new parents may be struggling with depression and anxiety including:
- Change of lifestyle
- Not bonding with the new baby
- Not the life you expected
- Isolation from others
- Missing out on social activities
- Not being able to travel
- Unbalanced parenting
- Missing your old self
- Scared of failing as a parent
- Exhaustion / feeling overwhelmed
- Finding it difficult or unable to breastfeed
- Weight gain / bodily changes
- Feeling pressured to return to work
Being a parent is incredibly difficult, but we often place unrealistic expectations on ourselves. “I want to be the perfect mom/dad”, “I’m definitely going to breastfeed my baby”, “I’m going to be so happy when my little one arrives.” These are all statements that set us up to fail. While it is incredibly important to cherish the good moments, it’s also important to remember that we are human and deserve to give ourselves empathy and compassion. Therapy can help you find moments of joy as a new parent, while providing you with the tools to cope during difficult times. I know how hard and exhausting it is to be a parent – I can give you the support you need to feel happy and like yourself again.
Suicide Prevention Resources
If you or a loved one is currently experiencing thoughts and/or plans of self-harm please dial 911 immediately.
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
SAMHSA National Helpline
Phone: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
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