Have You Been Struggling With Persistent Blues Or Hopelessness?
Have you been feeling miserable but are unable to change anything? Or have depressive feelings taken over your life, but you don’t think you have any obvious reason for feeling sad? Maybe you’ve noticed that you’ve been distancing yourself from your relationships, or have trouble getting out of bed in the morning because you lack energy.
Perhaps you can’t seem to name what it is that feels wrong; all you know is that you constantly feel alone and miserable. From the outside, it may even appear to others that nothing is wrong, but you have become a master at camouflaging your feelings. The worry of being judged or told to just “cheer up” from friends and family members may keep you locked in a self-made prison of isolation.
It might be that the more you try to push through the negative emotions, the more energy gets sucked out of you, leaving you with little drive left for work and relationships. But ignoring the hopelessness doesn’t seem to help either. Quite the opposite! The more you try to stuff your feelings down, the stronger and more powerful they become.
Do you wish you could have someone to talk to who would understand and validate your feelings? Are you ready to take a step toward improving your mental and emotional health?
You Don’t Have To Pretend That Your Negative Emotions Aren’t Real
Many people who consistently feel sad and hopeless know that something is wrong internally. But, since they can’t seem to just “snap out of it,” they often believe the problem is some kind of character flaw. They don’t realize that these feelings are symptoms of depression and that they have a legitimate disorder, and a common one at that. Roughly 6.8 million adults experience depression in the United States, and struggle to manage it on their own.
But your depression symptoms are real and should be acknowledged! You don’t have to pretend that they aren’t a big deal.
Fortunately, working with a depression therapist can help you alleviate negative feelings and live a full, active life. You have much to offer the world, and depression doesn’t have to keep you from pursuing your goals.
Therapy Can Alleviate Your Depression Symptoms
Therapy can not only help you feel better about yourself and about life; it can provide an education to help you understand what you are going through. Your brain is sick, just like your body tends to get sick from time to time. You wouldn’t feel shame about seeking treatment for a cold, so you shouldn’t feel ashamed at seeking treatment for your mental health either. That knowledge alone can already relieve the guilt that is often a side effect of clinical depression.
At the start of our sessions, I will take a brief assessment of your family history to determine whether your depression is hereditary. It’s not uncommon for clinical depression to run in families, especially if your family history includes trauma of some kind. If your depression is genetic, I may recommend a prescription for antidepressants in addition to therapy. Some clients benefit from just receiving therapy, but many people thrive with a combination of both treatments.
One of my primary objectives as a therapist is to form a relationship with you by getting to know more about your life and the situations that have caused or worsened your depression. I like to ask questions that not only get to the heart of the issue but that also help me to have a complete picture of who you are as a person. My therapeutic methods are empathetic and without judgment.
In addition to talking about your depression symptoms, I recommend a minimum of thirty minutes of exercise each day (as you are physically able). I also recommend finding a way for making a smooth transition between work to home. This will help to change your mindset and mentally prepare you for the responsibilities and interactions during the next phase of your day. Perhaps you could stop at a park on your drive home or go to a room by yourself once you get home and do whatever you want for at least fifteen minutes. In addition to incorporating these practices, I will help you understand how you can manage your depression even if you don’t feel better immediately.
Whatever your circumstances, whatever your symptoms, we can find solutions that work for you. You don’t have to feel hopeless and isolated anymore; you can have a full and happy life.
Therapy is two people looking at the past and confronting the negative emotions that have been dominating your life. I have been helping clients with depression for several years, and have had the privilege of seeing people learn to thrive by better managing their depression symptoms, and live a more joyful life.
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You May Have Some Concerns About Depression Therapy…
Is depression therapy expensive?
Therapy is an investment that you make in yourself and in your future. You are definitely worth the investment! And your mental and emotional health is too precious to compromise by letting your depression symptoms get worse.
I’m uncomfortable sharing my personal life with a stranger.
I have been a depression counselor for a long time, and I can promise you this: there is nothing you can tell me that I haven’t already seen or heard before. My office is a safe space for whatever you are comfortable sharing.
I don’t have any energy to connect with a depression therapist.
I know you probably feel tired and hopeless right now, but together we’ll figure out how to get to a better place. I promise you that the results are worth the effort.
Depression Therapy Can Turn Your Life Around
If you are ready to reach out to a depression counselor, you can reach me at (334) 277-1366 for a free 15-minute consultation, to see if we are a good fit. I look forward to hearing from you.