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

We know mood is directly related to patterns of thought and negative, dysfunctional thinking affects one's sense of self, behavior, and physical state. Overcoming depression through healthy thoughts and actions is at the heart of Cognitive Behavior Therapy. When we integrate our beliefs and turn those into action, do we begin to find relief. There is no shame, no guilt, no loss - only 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.

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.

Depression tends to affect us in many different ways. Sometimes it looks like irritability, or sadness, being more emotional than usual, thoughts of hurting ourselves, and/or not feeling motivated to achieve our goals. I focus on skills to help my clients manage these symptoms and understand them more. I strive to help people cope with their emotions and understand why we feel what we feel.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 can be debilitating, but the good news is that it is highly treatable. With Cognitive Behavior Therapy, you can get your life back on track and feel good again.

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.

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.

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.

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.

For over 10 years, I have worked with people of all ages facing many issues on the continuum of depression and have been trained in solution focused, relational, and cognitive-behavioral styles of treatment. My approach to depression is to understand the biological, psychological, and social sources that have caused you to experience depression, then develop a holistic plan to address each source.

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

I am skilled in working with individuals who experience ongoing sadness, generally feeling down and confused, grief, not enjoying life, and feeling stuck and unmotivated.

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.

It is natural to feel sad at times, but experiencing ongoing hopelessness, despair, and a reduced interest in life may indicate depression. I’m experienced in working with depression and offer compassion, insight, and effective tools. Together we can explore options and if appropriate, collaborate in changing the underlying beliefs, habits, and behavior that fuel depression.

The contributing factors to depression are as vast and varied as the individuals who carry it. Whether it is persistent and severe or infrequent and mild, depression is a psychological state that holds many within its grasp. Depression can open us to seeing difficult truths, and can also blind us from seeing others. Navigating depression with another human being, rather than alone, is crucial.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

Whether your experience of depression is situational or rooted in something much deeper there is hope. I use my analytic approach to therapy to help you gain insight and resolve any underlying issues that may be contributing to your depressed mood. With thoughtfulness and sensitivity we can examine the meaning of depression in your life and find your spark again.

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.

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.

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 deal with depression from the place of ego identification, unconscious emotional and mental drives and impulses in need to come to the surface and be transformed.

I've diagnosed and treated the spectrum of depression, from mild forms in a clinic to severe forms at inpatient hospitals requiring electroconvulsive therapy. The psychotherapy focus in my outpatient setting is appropriate for mild to moderate depression. Once severe episodes are abated, initiation of intensive therapy may be appropriate.

I have both training and experience from Portland State Universities Graduate School of Counseling in the treatment of Depression. I work with both adults and children on issues of Depression on a daily basis.

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

Depression is closely connected to anxiety, and as such, my credentials for anxiety are also true for depression. I continue to keep current with the psychological literature on both issues and learn techniques for addressing and managing both.

Feeling depressed and intense sadness can be so difficult and isolating. Our therapists can provide comfort and hope during these challenging times by helping them process their feelings, rekindle meaningful connections, and create a more joyful and fulfilling life.

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.

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.

I have experience helping clients reduce and manage symptoms of depression without medication. What has worked very well in the past: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy and lifestyle coaching, referrals for acupuncture and massage, teaching & practicing mindfulness skills, exploring personal meaning/purpose; and individualized therapeutic Yoga sessions to compliment our work in counseling.

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.

I have 10 years providing therapy that addresses the causes and maintenance of depression and empowers the client with a toolkit for understanding the mind-body connection, reducing the level of distress, and increasing effective coping and resiliency. I integrate \nCBT, Mindfulness, and Somatic/Mind-Body therapies to address depression in therapy.

Earned a certificate in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for the treatment of depression.

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.

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.

I include a blend of conventional and alternative approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques and the latest in neuroscience research to incorporate what would be most helpful for you. With sensitivity and compassion, I assist you to in healing in a way that fits your pace and learning style.

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.

*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

Depression and anxiety is incredibly painful and affects most people in some way at some point in life. It can be sporadic or completely consuming. Together, we can work to identify the root and look for patterns that might unknowingly contribute to your anxiety and depression. I can help you develop effective skills to move forward enjoy life more fully again.

Depression affects how you think, feel and behave and causes sadness, lack of motivation, hopelessness and increased unworthiness. Symptoms impact not just emotional and mental health but also physical health. It can be debilitating and can negatively impact how you function throughout all areas of your life. Depression is absolutely treatable. You can live the life you were meant to live!

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.

Depression and anxiety are often closely linked to feelings of shame and guilt. I engaged in deep study of these emotions while working on my masters thesis, specifically focusing on how people perceive these emotions. I have also helped many clients who are depressed understand the causes of depression, develop habits and practice techniques they can use to overcome depression.

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