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

*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 am highly skilled in using cognitive-behavioral therapy to help you overcome your depression and build your ability to continue to manage those symptoms throughout your life.

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.

Depression sucks. Therapy helps. Here in Portland we experience stretches of bleak and grey that can seem endless. By working together we can help you get out of that feeling of being stuck in a rut, overwhelmed by life, or just plain sad.

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.

Depression is something I have a lot of experience working with and can relate to because I have had to manage my own depression in the past.

One of my strengths as a psychologist is forming a supportive, caring relationship with my clients. Many of my clients who struggle with depression have expressed gratitude for how helpful that connection, in addition to a diverse array of therapeutic interventions, have been for them as they\'re working toward self-growth.

I work with adults, teens, and children seeking relief from anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, relationship issues, poor self-assertion skills, identity issues, life stress--- such as death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, career change. Depression is real. Suffering can feel incapacitating. Therapy is one step in the right direction to helping yourself feel alive again and fully connected.

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.

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.

35 years in Mental Health. I believe my experience has given my unique and useful insights in this area. Entheogens have a very encouraging track record helping with depression.

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 can be so severe even getting out of bed may seem impossible. Depression can be caused by biological issues as well as many other issues including anxiety. Working with the therapist can help you take comfortable easy steps to combat your depression.

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.

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.

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 is the experience of persistent sad mood and loss of interest in enjoyable activities. It can manifest in hopeless, self-critical thoughts, social isolation, and changes in sleep and appetite. Depression can occur in relation to a variety of life stressors (e.g., loss, illness, trauma). I have had success treating depression with cognitive-behavioral and insight-oriented techniques.

I work with clients to overcome feelings of depression and regain a positive outlook in their lives.

Depression can be experienced differently by different people. Developing insight and different ways of thinking about one\'s experiences, thoughts and feelings can be a game changer for those who struggle with depression.

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.

Being human is a daunting assignment. It\'s easy to fall into thinking of hopelessness and despair. We are raised with impossible expectations and a corresponding sense of inadequacy. How to manage? We must learn how to value, take care of and think kindly to ourselves, and make choices that support our highest well-being. To be our own ally instead of a cruel adversary.

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 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.

I have decades of personal experience with depression and learning to successfully manage its symptoms. I also have experience in working to help clients manage the ups and downs that come with depression.

I work with folks who struggle with depression or anxiety, but know that there's more than this. Depression can be a deeply painful, and often chronic experience. I go further than surface level quick fixes for depression, and believe that full and lasting change is possible.

'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 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.

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.

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 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.

Research shows that the most effective treatment for depression is psychotherapy. Depression can range from feeling down to major symptoms such as having trouble even getting out of bed or contemplating death. Online counseling is effective for depression because it is easy to access: you can start treatment without even leaving the house.

The word depression when used to describe a landscape gives the image of low laying plane, or dip in the earth. Often it is in the depressed landscape where water collects, and as a result of this water, various animals or life are drawn towards the depression for sustenance. If emotional depression were viewed similarly, it could provide more healing and learning for a person than not.

How do you experience your depression? What shape does it make in your life? How do you hold it? Everyone gets down sometimes but what do we do when we feel like our melancholy is bottomless. What if your depression had a place to emerge, had a place to be seen without judgement? Would the way you experience it change?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

CACREP accredited program and institution delved into this education.

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.

Our sadness, issues, and fears are often rooted in the unconscious, or what Jung called our \'shadow\'. Depth psychology can help you navigate the turbulent waters of life by framing your life and struggles in the context of the greater web of human experience. This is often done through working with dreams, archetypes, and transformative life experiences such as initiation and rites of passage.

I\'ve worked extensively with depression, from mild to severe, and found that many people don\'t even know when that\'s what they\'re suffering from. I generally use CBT, experiential, and mindfulness practices to alleviate depression, and work with clients to find a purpose and meaning in their life, and find sources of support and happiness.

I feel the client’s needs are best met when I am able to engage with the client in a genuine relationship that provides unconditional regard and support while also utilizing cognitive interventions that will aid the client into understanding who they are and changing their behavior in ways that allows them to live more fully into their present reality.

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 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.

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.

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.

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

I utilize Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and Family systems to decrease depressive symptoms.

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.

Many shades. Many versions of depression.

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

I can help you move towards a greater sense of balance and alignment with your authentic self. Increase your curiosity, self-compassion, and connection with self and others.

Sometimes, depression can lead to a disconnect that makes it difficult to communicate one\'s feelings and needs. Engaging in creativity can act to help you unblock those feelings and act as an emotional release. Individuals who engage in creativity also can experience increased self-esteem and feelings of self-worth.

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.

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 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.

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 and other mood disorders are very common among people seeking therapy. I have helped many people make lasting positive changes to their mood by working collaboratively and holistically in supporting clients to find solutions that work best for them.

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