Depression

Most everyone sometimes feels sad. But when feelings of sadness interfere with daily life and cause pain for both you and those who around you, you may have depression. Depression affects everyone differently, so symptoms can vary widely. Depression is often characterized by a loss of interest in activities that once were pleasurable. If you are depressed, you may feel sad, unhappy, anxious, angry, troubled, empty, distracted, helpless, worthless, guilty, irritable, frustrated or agitated.  You may cry for no reason and have regular thoughts about death, dying or suicide. Many people with depression also have physical symptoms such as aches and pains, loss of appetite or overeating, insomnia or excessive sleeping, fatigue, loss of energy, and digestive problems.  Depression can be temporary and caused by a life event (such as child birth or the loss of a loved one) but for some it is a lifelong battle. Depression is one of the most common mental disorders in the United States affecting close to 7% of the adult population. Visiting a mental health professional is an important first step in coping with depression.  If you or someone you know is having suicidal thoughts, get help right away (Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 800-273-8255).

Local Experts in Depression

Do you feel sad or empty? Perhaps you don’t enjoy activities, hobbies and friends like you used to. It's time for you to gather extra support in your life and be heard. Together, we will gently explore what you need to reclaim the joy in your life. You will find that the heaviness will lift and that a new openness and gratitude for life will enter.

Depression is a complex diagnosis that can have varied causes. Often, people experience depression when circumstances in their life leave them worn down, defeated, overwhelmed, or feeling powerless. Medication can be a great tool in treating the symptoms of depression, but often doesn't address the source of the issue. Counseling can fill in those gaps and help you begin to heal.

I have extensive education and personal experience in dealing with depression myself, which I use as an example of how to curb negative symptoms and stabilize positive moods.

Similar to Anxiety, I have training in a wide variety of theoretical orientations which have been shown to be efficacious for treating depression. I understand the complex bio-psycho-social interactions that may lead to and exacerbate depression as well as which mechanisms to target for reduction and management of depressive symptoms and increasing healthy thoughts and behaviors.

We will explore the causes of your depression - be they genetic and chemical, environmental, and/or ways you respond to your environment. With that knowledge we can work together to manage and cope with your depression so that life becomes more fulfilling and connected.

Depression is something many people face in modern times. Causes can be internal (self-esteem issues, chemical imbalance), external (resulting from unhealthy relationships or abuse), societal (feeling isolated, experiencing pressures around your job or money) or even global (climate change, discrimination, poverty, etc). You don’t need to face these challenges alone, and I'm here to help.

I am trained as a contemporary psychoanalyst with successful experience treating depressive symptoms in both adults and children/teenagers with intensive treatment. I also work collaboratively with physicians or nurse practitioners who may prescribe medications concurrently.

Depression is extremely common in our complex and stressful world, takes many forms, and can come from a wide range of environmental stressors, family of origin experiences, trauma or loss, just to name a few. (The therapy process may or may not benefit from including prescription assistance.)

Depression can be chronic, rooted in painful early experience and/or situational, reactive to events that are experienced as overwhelming. Depression involves biology, behavior and expectations. Working one's way out of a depressive state requires commitment, support and action. I offer counseling to facilitate clients' growth beyond depression.

I have over 10 years working with people with major depression with very good success helping them reach recovery using mindfulness based treatment.

I have extensive experience as a therapist working with clients to find coping skills to overcome depressive symptoms. I specialize in addressing emotional pain, distress, depression, anxiety, coping with stress and adjustment, family conflict, PTSD and Anxiety Disorders, and grief/loss. I am a skilled, compassionate, and interactive therapist ready to help you.

I continued my studies in Australia in 1998 and finalized my doctoral degree in clinical psychology in the United States in 2007. Through my doctoral specialist training I provided psychological assessment and evidence-based therapies treating depression, anxiety, trauma and complex mental health conditions for all ages. I am results-oriented, practicing a wide range of therapeutic approaches.

\'Existential depression\' -- feelings of emptiness, purposelessness, and cynicism about the world.\nChronic depression -- children and teens who have had long-standing depression.\nAcute depression -- children and teens at risk of hospitalization\n\n

Depression is the most common mental illness worldwide. It appears across a spectrum of symptoms and can often go undetected among those suffering from \'high functioning\' depression. Yet there is hope. It is possible to live the life you want. I combine my professional support with lifestyle changes to help you break through the limitations that keep you stuck.

People who have depression are some of the hardest-working people around; seemingly simple acts require huge effort. Using CBT, mindfulness, and interpersonal process, I have helped people lighten the burden of depression related to grief, addiction, chemical imbalances, life circumstances and more.

Depression is an often overwhelming condition that affects a person emotionally and physically. For those who have not suffered from this illness, it is hard to explain how it feels. I believe that Depression is manageable with or without medication, depending on the individual. I primarily utilize Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help clients cope with and ultimately alleviate depression symptoms.

Depression is a serious issue and impacts millions of people. If you are looking for a therapist to deal with this issue you are taking the first step towards better mental health. Depression symptoms can take many forms including sadness, irritability, hopelessness, loss of interest or pleasure in activities, mood swings, lack of concentration, difficulty with sleep, or social isolation.

Deep sadness. Can we stop pushing it away, even for a moment, and listen to what it is desperately trying to tell us? This is no easy task in our culture of 'Produce!' and 'Be happy at all costs!' Yet there is so much to be sad about personally, societally and planetarily. Pushing it away makes it dig in deeper. But by honoring it, we can find its meaning, our passion and our unique call to action

Life is full of ups and downs, we live that all the time, but sometimes life can feel too much. I can assist you using a combination of symptom relief and self-exploration so that gradually the sadness can lift and you can feel better able to cope.

Depression. It claims our identity, it becomes us, and convinces us our struggle is pointless, that there is no light in life. Your depression is not you and your struggle with it is authentic. I am confident that we can find ways of moving you forward to find joy again.

Though depression is a common term, the roots and felt experience of each person living with depression are very different. I have worked with a lot of people with depression and my Gestalt therapy orientation provides an excellent path to understand where each person's depression comes from and what they need to heal it.

How is the purpose and meaning in your life? Do you belong somewhere? Do you feel you have something to contribute? Do you have something and/or someone to love? Do you have something to look forward to? Examine these questions in light of your experience of depression and see what is missing in a conversation dedicated to your well being.

Depression is an issue that I have had a lot of success treating, both in the short term and long term. Depression is a state of mind that you feel helpless to change. It seems like you can't go forward and you can't go back. I give my clients tools to change this state in the moment and a plan for continued growth, helping to live each day with more freedom.

Depression is one of the most common mental health concerns in the United States. Sadness and grief are normal human emotions. I provide a safe, caring space for you to explore feelings of sadness or grief, whether they are new or something you have been experiencing for a long time. Through the use of various modalities, I can assist you in exploring ways to alleviate feelings of depression.

The great invisible driver....let's take the wheel back from it!

Depression can affect us by feeling we\'re in a \'funk\' all the way to feeling like we are moving through a fog carrying a heavy black weight. We can feel powerless to change it. I use a variety of techniques such as assessing whole life balance, cognitive behavior therapy, and Gestalt therapy to empower clients to get out of the fog.

CBT, Mindfulness, metallization based therapy trainings.

Depression can show up in many different flavors and intensities. It can affect our sleep, our appetite, and certainly our mood. While some types of depression feels sad and hopeless, while others feel agitating, even rageful. Regardless, depression takes over our lives and negatively impacts our functioning.

Depression can take away the passion for life, dulling the senses and stripping away meaning. At times, depression can be completely debilitating. I help people explore their history and experiences with depressed feelings, uncovering the causes, and finding ways to get relief. When in the grips of depression, it can feel like you are stuck in a dark hole. I can help you climb out.

I have extensive education and work experience helping clients who struggle with depressed moods, to improve their sense of well-being and establish life strategies that elevate their deflated moods.

The theoretical orientation I was trained in focused heavily on the causes and treatment of depression. In addition to my undergraduate and graduate training, I have had over 9 years experience diagnosing and treating individuals with various types of mood-related diagnoses.

Regardless of the genesis of one's depression, it always impacts the body. I work with individuals experiencing mono-pole (not bipolar) depressions. Together, we work sensitively and carefully to understand depression's feelings and responses in you. I ask that you work with me using creativity to help the healing process such as recording dreams, simple drawing in session, and related.

Depression is our mind's way of telling us that something is not right in our lives. As an experienced clinician who has worked with thousands of people with depression, I understand that depression can have several different causes and treatments. I offer you a supportive environment where you can be honest about your suffering while experimenting with the hope for change.

Hopelessness, isolation, and thoughts of death are all common experiences with depression. These feelings can often lead us to begin fearing ourselves and our life or being resigned to living a hopeless life. By being a witness, being present, and breaking the isolation therapy can be a catalyst for improving symptoms of depression.

Depression is lonely, heavy and isolating. For decades I\'ve been helping people unravel the knots of depression as together we both explore its underbelly while cultivating the part of you that brings you right here.

When it comes to depression, we rely on cognitive, behavioral, and mindfulness-based interventions to improve mood and decrease risk of relapse. Specific interventions that we use include behavioral activation, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy.

Many of us experience periods in our lives where we feel stuck and I truly honor those individuals who are willing to come forward and say that they are tired of the daily struggles and that they need help. Through a collaborative approach, my hope is to guide clients into accessing the necessary tools that reside inside of them as a way to propel them forward.

I will support you in gaining insight to your life patterns, move through pain, develop self-compassion, learn coping skills, and devleop an increased sense of options and potential.

Depression can be heavy and debilitating slowing you down and inhibiting you from being productive and engaging. There are ways to move out of depression. I can assist with identifying where the drain is stemming from and provide skills and insights on how to move forward and lift your spirits.

I use a mindfulness based approach to healing depression and depressive anger through small changes in habits and large changes in perspective.

Therapy may help you recognize things that may be contributing to the depression you feel and help you develop a plan to change behaviors and beliefs that may interfere with your optimal health. I enjoy working collaboratively to improve quality of life in mental, physical, emotional, work, family, and personal spheres.

I use expressive arts, mindfulness, person centered therapy, EMDR, and talk therapy to reduce symptoms of depression.

Healing from depression takes time. It took time to get there, it takes time to recover. I encourage my clients to take it one simple step at a time, as often we are way to hard on ourselves when depressed. Together we will look into underlying issues that are supporting the depression, as well as daily habits that can help you rise to the surface.

Depression stats in the US are staggering, unfortunately, most of us suffer alone. You don't have to, you CAN experience relief. Symptoms can include lack of motivation, restlessness, sadness, irritability, insomnia/hypersomnia, weight loss/gain, clumsiness, forgetfulness, suicidal thoughts, among others. Depression is not a weakness of character or laziness. Let me help.

I have extensive training in Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) for Depression, Anxiety, and PTSD. I am an Approved Clinical Supervisor and teach CBT to other therapists and interns.

I use empathy, active listening, strong attending skills and silence to help the client process their feelings. I create an environment where clients can broaden their range of feelings, and help them uncover feelings that have been buried or gone unrecognized. I encourage clients to increase their physical activity if applicable, engage their world again and find the courage to live again.

I have extensive experience treating individuals with mood issues and have received training in therapy approaches that have been researched to be effective with these disorders.

Depression can take many forms - quite often we may appear happy to others but be filled with self-doubt and worthlessness. We\'ll work together to build connection with the world around you, find your joy, and understand how to avoid the thought-traps that led us into depression to begin with.

The pain and isolation of depression hides the fact that depression can be an adaptive tool we've used to survive difficult experiences and relationships. With self-compassion, mindfulness and analysis of beliefs that underlie depression, we can begin to change our relationship to depression and to grow the other, more joyful and complex parts of ourselves.

Feelings of depression are often taboo in our culture yet are often a natural result to loss and change. I believe there is wisdom beneath the dark times and holding ourselves with compassion serves to bring forth a deeper truth that can be transforming. Seeking to understand and allow the meaning of suffering to unfold takes courage and my personal experience of grief may act as a guide.

Depression is more than just feeling sad. Depression comes with hopelessness, entrenchment, and a lack of interest in the things that once brought joy. Building relief involves both findings ways to alleviate symptoms in order get a handhold back on life as well as addressing root causes, be they biological, psychological, behavioral, or cultural. Together we can do these things.

Depression is what settles in when you feel out of control of your thoughts, emotions, or situations in your life. The lack of control shows up in self doubt, negative self talk, and a false sense of belief you can change your life. This is where depression knocks on your door and moves in. It consumes your soul and I believe it has worn out its welcome. I\'m here with tools to help you change.

Whether depression is new to you or a frequent presence, I work with you using a holistic approach that looks at your current stressors, your history and ways in which you can better care for yourself to help you experience joy and engagement again. I have specialized training in depression in pregnancy and postpartum.

I seek to understand the wisdom of depression and the message it holds. When depression presents itself, there can often be subtle or not so subtle obstacles to confront. This could include a crisis of meaning, frequent negative beliefs, low quality relationships, a tendency to not want or need, and or difficulty being playful and/or creative. I use Gestalt and Sensorimotor as treatment methods.

Feeling sad, hopeless, or chronically fatigued? We can work together to find solutions and explore the issues that might be contributing to your depression.

Depression can be mild or severe, but in either case it interferes with being the person you want to be, and living the life you want to life. Therapy can enable you to get some relief from your sadness and develop a strategy to lead a more satisfying life.

To understand depression, I consider genetic predisposition, childhood traumas, relationships disruptions, capacity for insight and spiritual receptivity. The first step isto embrace sadness, emptiness and despair as powerful teachers of life\'s most profound lessons, not simply as diseases or symptoms to be eliminated by any means necessary.

There are as many definitions for depression as there are theories of what causes it and how to treat it. For orientation I recommend articles on the topic at my website PortlandTherapist.com or call me with any and all questions. I’ve worked with depressed people my entire professional life, been depressed myself, and am well schooled in theories and treatments to go with all that experience.

Depression can cast a fog over us, affecting our quality of life. My goal is to work with you to minimize your depression by understanding why you are feeling the way you feel. I teach my clients skills that they can use to manage their depression and enjoy life more fully.

If you're feeling sad, empty, fatigued, indecisive, and worthless, you may be experiencing depression. My approach to this issue works very well when there is an unaddressed issue underlying your depression, such as a past disturbing experience (known as a trauma). Addressing these unresolved issues, working with negative thoughts, and developing positive behaviors can have a powerful impact.

Depression is a common experience of many individuals in our culture due to trauma, expectations, and the value of individualism. Approaching depression with ecotherapy creates opportunities for reconnecting with the authentic self, the earth, and your community. I also recognize the struggle in depression by emphasizing safety planning for suicidal ideation and strengthening protective factors.

With more than 20 years of experience, years of academic study, and psychoanalytic training I approach the problem of depression from the totality of the person\'s experience. The roots of depression can be organic and have medical causes or can have developmental or spiritual causes.

Not everyone likes working with depressed people. I am skilled at identifying each persons individual causes of depression. I help them to recognize the way their brain can distort thinking so they can learn to think in more realistic and accurate ways that reduces or eliminates depression.

Depression can leave people feeling stuck and hopeless. It is important to develop internal ways of coping with powerful emotions. Also important is developing external ways of coping by adjusting the patterns of day to day life which depression can often derail. My approach is focused on addressing a person’s internal and external needs for change in a practical down to earth way.

Many suffer needlessly from depression, believing they should just \'snap out of it\'. It is a serious condition, but one that responds to treatment for over 80% of those who seek help. I can work with you to identify unhelpful thoughts contributing to your depressed mood, and replace them with more realistic and positive thoughts.

Depression is so painful because it affects so many areas of life - often covering everything with a sense of emptiness and making normal tasks so tough. I primarily use an evidence-based approach called Emotion-Focused Therapy to activate and work through the emotional problems at the core of depression so that you can get back to living the life you want.

This is such a debilitating feeling or set of feelings to have; it zaps your zest for life and often people are afraid it will never go away. I have worked with this for as long as I\'ve been a therapist and I assure you that you do not have to accept it as a way of life. I will help you bring about a a state of well-being that allows you to have hope and relief from depression.

I see depression as a very natural body response to great loss, be it relational or loss of self, dreams, hopes, etc. Depression often arises when one\'s environment cannot support the changes necessary for joy and vitality. Together we will explore the roots of depression and its current holdings in your life, healing old wounds to create options for greater happiness.

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