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
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 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 can look different for a lot of people. For some its a deep melancholy, for others a general feeling of emptiness, and still others it can be in irritability, or feeling generally disconnected. All of these are stress reactions, which require time to slow down, rest, and identify challenges in mind, body, or spirit which are preventing you from being your true self.
It is natural to feel sad at times in life, but experiencing ongoing hopelessness, despair, and a reduction of interest in life may indicate depression. I’m experienced in working with depression and offer compassion and support while developing effective coping tools. Together, we explore options and collaborate in changing the underlying beliefs, habits, and behavior that can fuel depression.
Depression can be an all-encompassing mental, emotional, and bodily state. The word itself reveals much about its nature - something is being \'depressed,\' and the symptoms can be a scary experience - lack of joy, chronic fatigue, numbness, negative thought patterns. The effects of depression are compounded by social stigma. I work with you to stabilize your moods and recover a sense of aliveness.
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.
I have experience working with clients struggling with depression whether it is due to life circumstances, chemical imbalance, connected with another mental health struggle such as anxiety or trauma, or a combination of all these things. My experience with clients, along with the education I have received, and my efforts to stay up to date with new practices inform my current work with clients.
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.
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.
*extensive supervised training in CBT and mindfulness approaches to working with mood disorders including 2 yrs with Matthew McKay PhD who has written well-known texts such as Mind and Emotion and Thoughts and Feelings * completion of week-long mindfulness-based stress reduction training * practiced in Buddhist monastery + 30 yrs of meditation * 30 yrs in mental health field
I have worked with many clients who struggle with depression and I have successfully treated them by using a combination of CBT and EMDR. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is especially beneficial when clients also had trauma in their past that may be related to their current struggle with depression.
Depression can be exhausting and debilitating. I can work with you to help change your negative thoughts, emotions, and behaviors through evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Restoration Therapy. You can feel better and heal.
Years of training and years of working with clients successfully who are depressed.
We all deal with ups and downs, but when it becomes too much to navigate it can put a grinding halt to your life. I work with individuals to get the wheels turning and bring back the passion for life.
Depression effects each of us differently. Using special training in mindfulness and somatic based approaches, I work first to support clients to strengthen and broaden their inner and outer resources. Many clients I see have remarked that the tools of self-compassion have been especially helpful for reducing depression. If trauma treatment is needed, healing trauma can resolve depression.
Depression can be many different things for different people. That said, how we feel is largely (or can be) a product of our thoughts and beliefs. Certainly we can do things each day to better our odds of feeling better, while challenges may persist. Gaining insight into what impacts our mood for the better or worse is key to managing depression.
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.
There are days when getting out of bed feels impossible. Everything seems to have lost its color and vibrancy. A diagnosis of major depressive disorder doesn\'t fully account for the many ways people respond to feeling depressed. I see depression as having different \'flavors.\' Some folks get sad, some irritable, some feel permanently stuck. I focus on prevention and recovery from depression.
Sometimes feelings of sadness and low moods can become overwhelming and make our lives feel hopeless and meaningless. Depression can include feeling exhausted, losing interest in activities, and feelings of wanting to withdraw from life. I work with clients to develop skills to manage low moods as well as exploring underlying emotional and cognitive patterns that can maintain depressive symptoms.
When depression weighs you down, it can feel impossible to reach out for help. If you're reading a bio on a therapy website, you're on the right track! Together, we can explore what depression looks like for you and create a plan to embrace hope and happiness again.
I use an integrative model that borrows from cognitive behavioral and existentialist concepts. I believe finding wellness can be a form of resistance to oppression.
The bulk of my experience has been working with youth and families who are struggling with depression. Depression for young people often looks different in adults. Youth who are acting out at home or school, and is often irritable or angry may be in conflict with feelings of depression. I work with youth and families to identify sources of these complicated feelings and utilize CBT a to treat them
Many of my clients struggle with either underlying issues of anxiety and/or depression. I have worked in both individual, couples and group setting addressing both anxiety and depression.
Symptoms of depression can impact your thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and physical reactions. Therapy will focus on your experience of depression to help make changes in these areas and decrease your symptoms. Mindfulness techniques can be incorporated to help decrease symptoms of depression.
Do you feel like you have no energy to live how you want to? Depression is not a lack of motivation, it\'s usually a result of feeling stuck in a situation or a lack of resources to process a challenging experience. You also don\'t need to be alone in your pain. We can explore your experience together and find ways for you to physically and emotionally regain the energy to be your best self.
The integrative Mind-Body approach I use allows us to go into your mind to the root of what is causing you depression. We will notice and examine the thoughts, images, beliefs, physical sensations, etc that all create the feeling of depression in your system, and we will address these using mind-body modalities in order to bring relief to your system.
There are many factors that contribute to our mood and can lead to lasting feelings of sadness and depression. Our mood can also be impacted by how we view ourselves, others, and the world. I can help you to make adjustments to the tangible causes (i.e. feeling powerless in our current political climate) and help you to find perspective and relate to yourself with kindness and compassion.
Similar to my work with anxiety and panic disorder, my approach to working with depression is eclectic. It involves Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), psychoeducation, mindfulness, and experiential approaches to replace negative thought cycles into more affirming and supportive patterns. My strengths-based approach lends itself well to working with depression.
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.
Ongoing training and practice in treatment of depression.
Mental health services include: evaluation, diagnosis, treatment planning medication management / psychopharmacology
Depression affects us all. How we learn to understand how it is a symptom of our experience and learn to identify the buried feeling(s) beneath it, is paramount to a successful, happy life.
Almost 10% of adults in the United States experience symptoms of depression at some point in their lives. We make a false distinction in this country between mental and physical health. Our brains are major organs that are vulnerable to illness in same way as other systems in our bodies. I welcome the chance to help you figure out what is causing your brain to suffer and to begin to recover.
Depressive symptoms is on a spectrum of severity and shows up differently for different people. You might be highly functioning but lacking in joy and vitality. You might be doing everything that is required of you but nothing else. And, maybe you are hiding your sadness and struggles inside yourself, suffering alone. We will work towards not just symptom relief but address root causes.
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 training in MBCT and Gestalt approaches to depression which have been quite effective.
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 creates a sense of hopelessness and feelings that things might never change. It can take up all the space in the room. Creating a safe counseling relationship can be an incredibly effective way to explore how and why your system is so resistant to forward momentum, and to introduce a new sense of clarity, hope, and connection to self and others.
Depression is incredibly painful, and it takes a lot of courage to reach out for help. I am here to support you in all ways as we develop achievable and meaningful goals to move you out of depression and back to your life.
I aim to help clients unlock and release the negative feelings associated with this pervasive state of not feeling good.
I provide treatment of depression using a holistic approach, including nature-based therapy and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy.
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.
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.
If you live in the PNW, chances are you have experienced or come across some depression. Whether you have been living with this for most of your life, or you are having a period in your life with more depression, this is the place we explore your relationship with depression, and ultimately find the best coping mechanisms to overcome.
We combine supportive therapy with research-proven cognitive behavioral (CBT) therapy. Sometimes negative thoughts and feelings can seem overwhelming, and at times even become unbearable. We help people understand what triggers negative thoughts and feelings and help clients learn new skills for coping and healing.
Sometimes we go through life feeling as though we’re missing something, like we’ve lost our spark or that we\'re hopelessly depleted. Unchecked, depression can spiral downward in such a way that it becomes difficult to function. But it doesn’t have to be this way. I help my clients move through depression and re-connect to a happier, more meaningful life.
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.
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.
Experienced in cognitive behavioral, mindfulness based treatments for depression
Depression robs a person of joy...and of perspective. When you are in a depressive state, everything seems difficult and meaningless. You believe that your view of reality is true and everyone else out there who seems happy are all looking through rose colored glasses. I have helped hundreds of people find their way out of this distorted and miserable state and back to their true selves.
Depression is characterized by daily low mood, loss of interest in usual activities, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, sleeping too much or too little, changes in appetite, hopelessness, worthlessness, and, in severe cases, suicidal thoughts or actions. A depressive episode is when these symptoms are experienced continually for 2+ weeks.
I have seen clients and received training specific to depression, including interventions related to behavioral activation for those clients who are below the line of functioning due to depression.
Depression is a physiological symptom of the nervous system in a state of shut-down, effecting our whole being. Many of my clients experience experience or have experienced depression, and we work with the nervous system\'s natural inclinations toward safety, connection to the environment, and pleasure as a shift out of \'freeze.\'
Depression is a debilitating and paralyzing experience of the soul and spirit. Depression lives differently in everyone. I utilize a multifaceted approach that includes depth work concepts, stream of consciousness, Mindfulness, CBT, and psychoanalytic therapy to work with a client\'s whole being and life experience.
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.
Depression, mood disorders (including Bipolar) and related Anxiety disorders has been a specialty of mine for more than 10 years. I have completed related trainings and employ primarily Mindfulness-CBT oriented interventions.