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

I have sixteen years experience in treating depression through support groups and through my one-on-one mental health coaching. I have also written three books on depression, including Healing From Depression: 12 Weeks to a Better Mood.In addition, I have battled my own depression, and many of the tools I write about and teach in my groups have emerged from my own personal experience.

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 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.

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 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.)

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.

You don't have to stay stuck in depression. I can help you find new ways to cope with life's stressors.

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.

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.

I have broad experience with depression to help clients both manage symptoms such as sleeplessness and anxiety as well as identify and work through psychological issues that underlie it.

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 is not your fault or a sign of weakness. It is a medical illness that needs to be treated, just like diabetes or heart disease. Feeling better takes time but you can get there if you make positive choices for yourself each day. In our work together, you will learn to manage your depression and, in the process, discover a new way of being in the world.

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.

In conjuction with my compassionate, collaborative, and client-centered approach to thearpy, I look for opportunities to illuminate moments of peace, joy and connection in life and our therapeutic relationship. Depression treatment can be a safe exploration of the richness of your emotions and respect for your depth of experience.

Depression is an overhwelming problem in many lives and may stem from a myriad of causes. I strive to provide a compassionate and understanding therapeutic relationship in which we can identify the roots of your depression and empower you to make gentle, attainable changes in thinking and behavior that will help you to recover joy and meaning in your life.

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.

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.

Depression often stems from worries about past experiences. There are many non-medication ways to help manage depression. Six areas I specifically work with clients are: connection, hopeful future, mapping depression, changing patterns, pessimism vs. optimism, restarting brain growth, and mindfulness.

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

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 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.

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.

Depression and anxiety can lead us to feeling stuck, limited in our relationships, and at a loss for where to turn. In some circumstances, these conditions are influenced by a specific situation, and in other cases they are a component of our biology. Through mindfulness training and cognitive behavioral therapy, we will develop an effective, skills-based plan that will bring you peace and joy.

Depression can be debilitating and draining, and it can also be treated rather quickly. It is one of the few mental illnesses in which people find relief. I have experience treating depression, with results. Because of my education and training, I can offer many skills for relief.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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 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.

Depression is unfortunately common, but it is a huge issue and not to be overlooked. Contending with depression is therapy in which I am well-versed. I help people not to just cope with depression or to just survive; I work to help them thrive.

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.

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 often originates in our early experiences, especially our attachment experiences with caregivers, and much of my postgraduate study and supervision work has been in this area--coming to understand how the qualities of the relationships we experienced earlier in our lives affect the ways we feel and respond and act in our relationships today.

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.

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.

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

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 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 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.

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.

CBT, Mindfulness, metallization based therapy trainings.

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 treat clients struggling with Depression in two complementary ways. We work together to uncover the patterns of thought, belief, behavior, and expectation that perpetuate chronic depressed mood, while identifying and processing the past and present emotional experiences that contribute to suffering.

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.

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.

In a society that prizes individual strength, it can be hard to open up with others. Your therapist should be someone with whom you feel comfortable doing this hard work, and who genuinely cares about you and wants to help you succeed. My goal is to help you feel accepted and supported when talking about the issues that are closest to your heart.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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.

Are you looking for therapy for depression? We would like to invite you to participate in a research study to learn how technology can be used to assist your therapist in treating depression. Your therapy is done with your therapist, not a computer - we are simply testing our computer software system, WILLOW, along with therapy. Contact THRIVE today to learn more about the study: 503-290-3297.

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