Treating depression with therapy is about identifying triggers, learning healthy coping skills and techniques and identifying methods for seeking connection with others during vulnerable times.
Whether you experience situation depression or recurrent depression, you are not alone: In the United States alone, estimates for those diagnosed with the disease range from 17 to 21 million people a year or roughly 10 percent of the country. Depression is a feeling of aloneness and it is important to understand that many of us experience depression and the step toward therapy is a step toward connection and validation. Depression is about isolation and despair. I help clients to deal with these feelings, walk with them and through them, and even to use them to harness insight and energy.
Techniques with which I have seen strong results include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviors and cognitive (thought) processes and content through a number of goal-oriented, systematic procedures.
- Guided imagery uses mental imagery to help with depression and (related) other issues including problem solving, stress reduction, emotional healing, low self-esteem, and career goals.
Whether you are addressing chronic depression or acute depression, I will help you to identify perspectives, tools, and coping skills that will enable you to take better care of yourself, safely and with love and intent, through depressive periods. There is plenty of hope and comfort.