Depression comes in many forms and presents its symptomology on a spectrum of severity, including major depressive disorder, as well as melancholia, and even the feeling of being in a slump, or having seasonal the blues. While most of us yearn to live a life filled with peace and contentment, positive emotional health, clear thinking, ability to rest and digest, and enjoy friends and loved ones. Depression can change the way one thinks, and responds to many life events, causing sufferers to believe that they have nothing to share or look forward to. Therapy for depression varies depending upon which form is being exhibited. Depression in the higher functioning form is an overarching sadness and more particularly an inability to respond to life’s hopes and happiness in a functional way, over time relationships, work performance, and self-esteem do suffer. At other times, depression co-occurs with other disorders such as anxiety. If you are reading this far, you may be like the millions of people each year who decide to do something about their depression and change the direction of their thoughts and behaviors. Counseling for depression is focused on responding to thought patterns in a way that supports change and expands upon human potential.
The human brain is magnificent, we are each equipped with the magnificent ability to rewire our brains based upon the neural pathways that we activate with our thoughts and actions. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses upon first label our feelings, understanding which of our thoughts are irrational or embedded within the limiting and defeating aspects of depression. Cognitive behavioral therapy provides the tools to retrain ourselves to respond to our thoughts in a way that supports the restructuring and rebalancing of our thinking, feeling, and acting in a way that is congruent with our quest for emotional balance and health and wellness. Some common goals of therapy to recover from depression are as follows,
- To develop the ability to manage and respond to emotional crisis in constructive and adaptive ways.
- Differentiate the limiting and negative belief system and to replace those beliefs with healthy, balanced and more realistic beliefs.
- To become curious about one’s relationships and ways of relating to others and to then develop positive ways of interacting with others around us.
- To cope with life problems and problem solve in a consistently adaptive manner
- To label the concerning factors which exacerbate depression and replace those behaviors with emotionally healthy, and enriching behaviors.
- Create a life that is once again satisfying and free from the symptoms of depression, hopelessness, and anger that are associated with the mental health disease.
- Create life maps and goals that are realistic and manageable.
- Learn techniques such as mindfulness for stress and distress management which uses emotionally healthy behaviors.
As an integrative counseling center, treatment for depression is formulated as a part of a team of wellness professionals who all offer the evidence-based and scientifically verified modalities of their fields, including nutrition counseling, acupuncture, exercise physiology, and a team of licensed professional counselors and therapists who bring decades of experience to your emotional health and well being. Additionally, we have other holistic methods of treating the symptoms of depression to recover wellness. In other instances, medication is indicated as the best form of treatment to manage depression, your therapist can collaborate with a PCP or Psychiatrist to offer psychotherapy as a part of your medication treatment. If you are a part of a long-term relationship, we also have a team of counseling professionals who specialize in offering marriage and family counseling to help and heal your relationship from the effects of depression.