[su_heading]Do You Feel Overwhelmingly Lonely, Lost, And Lethargic?[/su_heading]
Are you struggling with an overwhelming emotional burden, a weight that feels pressed firmly upon you? Do you find it hard to get out of bed in the morning? Are you often overwhelmed by feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or sadness? Maybe you feel guilty due to an inability to feel connected with loved ones. Perhaps life doesn’t hold the same luster that it once did.
Living with depression can be an isolating, self-defeating journey wrought with heartache and hardship. It can feel as though you are living on your own island of despair, too far to swim ashore. You may have difficulty maintaining relationships with others or find it difficult to enjoy events, ideas, and activities like you once did and feel a deep sense of ambivalence toward life. Every day can feel like you’re dragging a 10-ton weight behind you.
[su_heading]Depression is More Common Than You Think[/su_heading]
According to recent statistics, as many as 1 in 12 adults can be diagnosed with depression at any given time. Despite advances in detection and treatment, only about a fourth of them will receive any help. Many barriers to treatment include: access to trained and qualified providers, financial costs associated with treatment, as well the social stigma of seeking help. Many people continue to believe that seeking help means that they are weak and that if only they were a little stronger, they could push through.
While we have yet to discover a cause for depression, there are many things that have been found to be linked to its development. Some people are genetically predisposed to depression- it has been shown to run in families. Depression may also be experienced by those who have recently suffered a loss or have a history of trauma.
While the causes are still being debated, treatments have been developed that have been shown to be effective in the alleviation and management of the symptoms of depression. While you can’t control what life throws your way, a skilled counselor can help you improve your ability to respond to the present moment, manage the effects of negative thoughts, and assist you in regaining balance and meaning in your life.
[su_heading]Treatment for Depression Can Help You Restore Peace and Find Purpose Again[/su_heading]
Even if you have been in counseling before, there are many reasons why it may not have been effective or that the effects were only temporary. Perhaps you have encountered new life challenges that set you down the path to depression once again. Maybe your counselor helped you address the symptoms of your depression but not delve into the underlying causes of it.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy has been proven to be effective in the treatment of depression. Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy has been proven to prevent a lapse or relapse. I use a combination of both approaches with my clients to assist them in creating lasting change in their lives and teach them skills that they can take with them on the remainder of their life’s journey. While there are no guarantees in life or in counseling, I have found this approach to have a lasting impact on my clients and has led them to finding purpose, fulfillment, and joy in their lives, their careers, and in their relationships again.
I invite you to contact me for a free phone consultation to discuss your specific needs and any questions that you might have about me, mindfulness counseling, or my practice.