Depression Counseling

Depression Counseling 2018-02-27T21:45:57+00:00

Have You Lost Interest Or Become Apathetic About Life?

  • Are you withdrawing from friends, family, or activities you used to enjoy?
  • Have your sleeping or eating patterns changed?
  • Are you having trouble making decisions or remembering things?
  • Perhaps you’re experiencing unexplained body pain, headaches, or digestive issues.
  • Are intense feelings of hopelessness interfering with your daily life?
  • Perhaps feelings of sadness and/or dread extend beyond an unfortunate or upsetting experience and continue to get worse.

Feeling depressed or sad can be a lonely and confusing experience. Depression symptoms can be brought on by a variety of unwanted experiences or by a hereditary predisposition. Unresolved or unprocessed chronic stress or pain can affect your nervous system and lead to an array of mental, emotional and physical discomfort, including lethargy, insomnia, eating issues, relationship issues, poor self-esteem, and more. If your nervous system is down for extended periods of time, you may have trouble getting motivated or seeing positive possibilities for the future. You might desperately want to feel better, but nothing you try seems to lead to sustainable results.

Depression Is Very Common In Our Culture

fall forest red leavesIf you are experiencing signs of depression, you are not alone. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, one in ten American adults struggles with clinical depression, making it one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders in the United States.

Sadness, stress, and loss are experiences we all have. However, if these emotions do not resolve on their own, you may be dealing with depression. What causes depression is a variety of environmental and chemical imbalances and distressing life events, such as relationship problems, career dissatisfaction, diagnosis of a chronic health issue, and more. In our increasingly disconnected culture, there are many unsaid expectations about your income, occupation, relationship status, and appearance, and you may feel as though you’ve fallen short of an ideal or missed your turn at having a fulfilling life. These can be underlying and less obvious reasons for becoming depressed. If feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness become overwhelming, you may not feel equipped to overcome depression your own. The good news is you don’t have to. With the guidance of an experienced depression therapist, you can learn useful tools that empower you to heal and move forward.

Depression Counseling Can Help You Heal

Depression therapy can help you discover the root of your distress and learn effective skills that promote long-term wellness. In a non-judgmental, empathetic environment, you can gain a deeper understanding of your mind, body, and particular experience with depression. As we carefully navigate your concerns, desires, and conflicts, you will come to appreciate the catharsis of learning about yourself and expressing unresolved, pent-up distress.

yellow black butterfly hovering at orange flowerDeveloping keen self-awareness is an integral part of this work. When you’re able to look at yourself from a new perspective, you can piece together what has been keeping you down. Once we’re able to identify areas of concern, we can start the healing process. Together, and at a pace that feels comfortable to you, we will work build up the neurological muscles that enable you to access joy. When you experience a painful event, your system becomes overwhelmed and compromised. Remaining stuck in that mindset can delay your body’s natural ability to recover and feel calm. By strengthening your neurological pathways, you become more resilient to cope with feelings of sadness, grief, and stress as they come up down the road.

My approach is tailored to your individual needs and goals. You are the best authority of your situation, and I seek to provide practical solutions that work within the context of your life. That means we may also consider how natural remedies for depression, such as diet and exercise, massage therapy, or acupuncture, can support your treatment. The way you use your body, view yourself, and what you eat can affect your mood and overall health. My goal is to support and guide you toward a deeper awareness of your mind, body, and how you move through the world so you can live the life you want and deserve.

I have been learning about what it takes to work successfully with stress and depression for 25 years. I, too, have suffered from depression, so I know, both personally and professionally, how overwhelming and debilitating living with depression can be. Through all my experience, I also know healing is possible. It’s true you cannot always avoid pain; however, you can learn effective ways to process distress and take better care of yourself. With your strength and willingness to engage in the healing process, it’s possible to experience relief and live out prospects for a brighter future.

You may still have questions or concerns about this process…

How long do I need to be in counseling?

The time we spend together is completely up to you. Everyone’s healing process is different. We move at a pace that feels comfortable and helpful to you. The goals you set during our initial sessions can serve as benchmarks and predictors of the amount of time we’ll spend together. People often experience symptom reduction within the first few sessions. However, if you want to work through outstanding issues that have been prevalent most of your life, the process may require significant time. Alternatively, if you need help with a particular issue that just came up, you may get what you need within a few sessions.

Will I need to take medication?

I do not require my clients to take medication. If you are interested in exploring medication options, I will support your decision and provide you with a trusted referral. Often, depression can be managed through talk therapy and lifestyle management alone. However, a combination of talk therapy and medication can be very effective.

How much does depression therapy cost?

Therapy is an investment into your joy, pleasure, and overall health. If you’ve been experiencing symptoms for a long time, they are not likely to dispel on their own, and getting help now could save you a lifetime of discomfort.

I do offer services on a sliding scale for clients in need, so don’t let money stand in the way of your ability to be well. If you’re concerned about the cost, I encourage you to call me to discuss your options.

You Deserve To Be Happy

If you seek depression help, I encourage you to call 720-295-8553 for a free 20-minute consultation. If you’re ready to schedule an appointment, please contact me.  I’m happy to answer any remaining questions you have about depression treatment or my practice in Denver, CO.