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).

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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.

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.

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

As a therapist who has had personal experience with depression, I can offer a unique insight to tips and treatments in order to cope and thrive.

Depression and anxiety are often the result of faulty cognitive processing. I\'ve successfully helped people manage and alleviate depression.

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

I utilize a multifaceted approach to the treatment of depression incorporating mindfullness, CBT and DBT techniques as well as self compassion.

Depression can feel both painful and overwhelming. Someone suffering with depression may also feel their experience is misunderstood (or unseen) by others around them. If you feel stuck in your depression it is important for you to seek help.

Depression can be successfully treated using a number of approaches from the straight forward like exercising, to more complex like integrating unconscious and conscious material. I work with you to select which one or which multiple treatments work best.

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.

I approach healing depression from many angles: unearthing limiting beliefs about yourself and the world, learning to parenting yourself in the ways you didn\'t get, expressing sadness/grief that has never been cared for, creating a balanced and healthy lifestyle, & working with breath and movement to increase energy and motivation.

Depression can be incredibly immobilizing and I seek to help you get reconnected with your own vitality, integrate challenging emotions and experiences, and actively engage with your life. Let's get the fire lit.

Depression is treatable. That's the first thing that you need to know about depression. Understanding your depression and the ways that it affects you, is the work we will do together in therapy. Unraveling depression takes time, there is no quick fix, but living without depression is a goal that is worth working towards.

In the Northwest, depression can pop up when we least expect it and make everyday life more difficult. I use an eclectic mix of modalities to help clients find a way to feel more positive in the moment while examining the underlying causes of sadness and depression.

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

Whether you suffer from seasonal depression (SAD), or diagnosed with major depressive disorder - I offer help in sorting out the highs/lows and how to positively cope. Also help clients explore alternatives to treatment of depression other than medication only.

Healing from depression is like trying to climb up out from a deep dark well. It\'s hard work, we often fall back down into the abyss, and it\'s so tempting to stay at the bottom. Let\'s work together to remember that there\'s a world outside of depression.

I work with clients who feel they are not reaching their potential because of anxiety or depression. It is invaluable to understand how you have managed to, on some level, navigate your challenges up to this point. Through Cognitive / Exploratory methods I help facilitate an awareness and acceptance of your difficulties towards thoughtful, positive, mindful actions in the present.

CBT, Mindfulness, metallization based therapy trainings.

Depression often involves a sense of hopelessness and feeling that things might never change, but interpersonal counseling is one of the most effective ways to begin to introduce a new sense of clarity, hope, momentum and connection. My style of counseling is a client-led, collaborative process that can offer a true sense of personal accomplishment.

There are multiple conditions affecting our moods at all times. Sometimes we are aware of these conditions but often they are outside our knowledge. Part of our work together will be finding out those determining factors and seeking healing for those parts of you that are hurting.

With the days shortening and the rain clouds gathering, this is a natural time of year to experience an increase in feelings of sadness, isolation, and fatigue. Sometimes our thoughts can turn as dark as the season. Having a supportive listener can make all the difference in keeping you feeling connected and well.

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.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one of the ways in which I have practiced an effective treatment for depression, with both groups and individuals. This approach which uses the strengths of the brain, a person\'s actions, and goal-setting, to redirect thought patterns away from a negative cycle and into a more productive and success-oriented path.

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.

I treat depression using a combination of cognitive behavioral, dialectical, and values-based approaches. What this means is that we will look for ways to change thinking patterns and behaviors which may contribute to depression, as well as clarify values which can allow you to feel that you are living your life to its full potential. \n

Review core values:Mind, body and Spirit

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.

I bring an understanding spirit and an arsenal of approaches to dealing with depression and other mood disorders. I also have substantial experience in crisis and suicide intervention, and work effectively to help clients combat depression on all fronts -- from the physical to energetic to the narrative and the spiritual.

Friends and family often have trouble understanding depression and wonder why you can't just snap out of it. I have suffered from this condition myself, and value this experience for the insights it has provided me in helping others. Although there is no magic fix, making small changes in a few different areas can help you cope and recover.

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.

What is often viewed as pathology in our society, I work with as a natural \n\'gravity\' calling us deeper into self awareness. Working with you to bring compassion into the heart of where depression leads you, I supporting you in befriending your fears and finding the medicine hidden within your suffering.

Often times depression feels overwhelming and too much to manage. I believe that it is important to become mindful of negative self-talk and seek tools that will allow clients to address depression one step at a time. Depression requires planning and setting down a map of what tools to use in those moments that feel overwhelming.

'In a dark time, the eye begins to see' The poet, Theodore Roethke, recognized the opportunities available even in our most troubled moments. When you feel boxed in, therapy can help you find your way out of the tunnel into the light again. Healing is always possible.

Depression can be caused by a wide variety of issues, including genetics, medical problems, circumstances and beliefs. No matter the cause(s), there are ways you can minimize the impact on your life.

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 can feel like the weight of a heavy blanket, where life becomes difficult to navigate. One might feel disconnected from important relationships. I will work with you to feel more connected to yourself and others.

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.

I have significant training in Psychodynamic combined with some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in treating depression. I have recently been adding educational experiences in Mindfulness based interventions in treating Depression.

Depression is a common problem but that doesn\'t mean it isn\'t going to get better. Let talk about what you have already tried to work on your depression and brainstorm new ideas together to decide how we can help your depression and better your life. Depression is not fun to live with and I want to come along side of you and help make things better.

Depression is depressing! No one likes to feel chronic despair, sadness, hopelessness, and loss of purpose and meaning -- all hallmarks of clinical depression. But I believe that with compassion, mindfulness, and support, it is possible to tend to depression such that healing can unfold and vitality can be restored.

Having experienced my own health challenges, I can empathize with the frustration and isolation of physical pain and illness. However, as we deepen our relationship with the nature world, we are inspired to acquaint ourselves with the deeper, healing essence inside us all. This has been true for me, and can also be true for you.

Together we will determining your blocks to a meaningful fulfilled life. This may involve resolving past issues and rewriting your internal dialogue about your current life, plus setting goals for the life you anticipate.

Depression comes in many shapes and sizes, none of them pleasant. We have things to grieve, to embrace, to give up, to discover. Whatever the root of depression, engaging with it will help open up your life to great things.

Depression often appears with anxiety and nearly everyone will experience some depression in their life. It is very important to get treatment for it before it becomes a way of life. I work with you to understand what has gone on in your life that has contributed to it and ways to feel alive again.

When we’re experiencing depression it may seem as if there’s no hope and no way out. However, through the use of Hakomi and Interpersonal therapy we can find connection and purpose in life.

I have received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), both of which have been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression. By addressing both maladaptive thought patterns and unhealthy interpersonal patterns, we can work to address the unmet attachment needs driving the depression.

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.

Depression presents differently within people. For some it lurks in the background while for others it is intense and episodic. I've worked with depression at all parts of the spectrum. I'm adept at evaluating and treating various presentations of depression and helping people access new paths of recovery

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.

Many shades. Many versions of depression.

Depression can be felt on many different levels. It can hold us back and hinder us from living the life we want to live! My hope is to help you sort through ways to combat this depression so you can break free from it weighing you down.

Depression sucks. It sucks desire, motivation, agency, energy, joy and vitality, i.e. all the things that make life worth living. It can make life seem pointless, but there is a point to depression, a way to be with it, and a way to be without. I can help you figure out how.

Depression and anxiety are often situational, but just as often they are rooted in a core experience of ourselves that has persisted a long time, and resists any efforts to think our way clear of them. The mindful and experiential techniques I utilize allow access to the deep, core experiences and beliefs that need to be changed so that we can feel different and live with renewed energy.

I focus on offering practical life skills development in the treatment of depression. This is because venting in itself is not enough for the resolution of emotional distress. Our emotional experience has historical traces and is sustained in real time. For transformation of a depression to occur it is necessary to practice adopting resilient and creative thoughts and activities.

Depression is one of the most common reasons people seek therapy, & I've worked with clients of all ages to resolve & recover from depression. Using theories & techniques from cognitive behavioral, mindfulness, insight- and relational-oriented therapies, and more, I help people understand why depression arose, when & why it recurs/remains, & how to reduce/eliminate, cope with, & manage it.

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.

I have training in MBCT and Gestalt approaches to depression which have been quite effective.

It's a pervasive and silent thing- depression. I've lived with it myself and have researched it for years.

Often individuals that have experienced trauma also experience depression. I believe depression stems from a lack of vitality and connection with others. I tailor treatment to the individual dependent upon their particular need. Equine facilitated psychotherapy has proven very effective for clients to work through their depression.

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.

I have successfully supported many individuals experiencing depression. Drawing on my background in depth psychology and mindfulness based therapy with the inclusion of cognitive behavioral interventions when appropriate, I will support you in addressing depression at multiple levels, considering the role of the body, mind, and soul in the symptoms.

There are innumerable conditions affecting our moods at all times. Sometimes we are aware of them -- a loss, a joy, anticipation. Other times these conditions are outside of our consciousness -- the pain in the world touching our hearts, a lingering dream. Therapy helps to characterize the quality of an emotional state, and then explores our ability to affect the conditions at play.

I provide treatment of depression using a holistic approach, including nature-based therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

I have experience in symptom reduction approaches that focus on a clear identification of the symptoms that the client wishes to shift and/or reduce, and creating an individualized approach to reducing or eliminating those symptoms.

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.

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