At Compassion Centered Counseling, I specialize in providing treatment for depression.
Are you experiencing overwhelming sadness? Do you consistently feel negative or hopeless about the future? Are you no longer motivated to participate in the activities that used to bring you pleasure? Are you having trouble sleeping, or are you lethargic and sleeping too much? Is it difficult to concentrate? Do you have thoughts of suicide? You may even feel sad but cannot find a reason to justify that sadness.
The previously listed symptoms and feelings may be signs of depression; and, while you may feel alone, millions of people have struggled with depression or with the symptoms of depression at times. Although depression and anxiety feelings are not uncommon, seeking outside help from a therapist may be necessary to begin the healing.
Reaching out to a professional counselor and seeking support is the first step toward eliminating the loneliness that can accompany depression. Depression treatment can help you rediscover value and interest in your life and identify the source of your sadness. Talking with a psychotherapist can help you learn how to recognize the role relationships and experiences may play in your feelings, and identify unhealthy behaviors that contribute to the depression itself.
“I’m worried that going to counseling makes me look weak”
It takes courage to face your challenges. When you are working at overcoming feelings of sadness and hopelessness, it is important to begin exploring the options for depression counseling by taking this first step. The only people who need to know you are seeking help are you and your therapist. I believe that seeking help is a sign of strength in recognizing that you are ready to make changes in your life.
The feelings that accompany depression can be very confusing and overwhelming. The support that comes from counseling helps to bring clarity and hope to eliminate feelings of isolation and loneliness. It feels empowering to advocate for yourself.
Many people say that they often feel some degree of immediate relief just by beginning the process of counseling and they take pride in having sought treatment to learn what’s causing certain feelings. Taking that first step helped them to feel there was someone there assisting them on their journey to healing and providing hope to them for a brighter future.
What is the best depression treatment?
Although there are many approaches to treating depression, my approach is collaborative and involves integrating EMDR therapy with other modes of therapy. I work to build trust quickly and believe that building a strong therapeutic relationship is an essential key to healing. I help my clients to discover their strengths, and tap into those strengths, so that they improve the foundation and resilience needed for managing challenging times.
What is EMDR?
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a therapy used to help clients resolve depression and traumatic memories in a way that is often more effective than traditional talk therapy.
Sometimes experiences we have early in our lives impact the way we feel and react to situations much later in life. We may not even remember those experiences, nor do we necessarily need to. My approach to depression treatment often incorporates coping skills or therapy such as EMDR to facilitate more adaptive responses to outside cues that can trigger sadness, despair, loneliness and feelings of hopelessness. This form of therapy can be remarkable at helping clients to notice a significant change in feelings that have seemed pervasive and long standing.
For more information on EMDR and anxiety therapy, please visit my page, About EMDR.
What is unique about working with you?
I approach my clients’ concerns with an open mind and consider all resources that are available to address each person’s situation. I understand that no two clients’ situations are the same and seek to discover the unique challenges each client faces.
Can’t I just take medication or a supplement? Do I really need counseling for depression?
While prescriptions and supplements can sometimes help manage depression, they alone are not a permanent solution to the problem. Medication and supplements may help with the biological and physical side effects of depression, but mental aspects of the problem may still exist. Counseling treatment helps to impact a more fundamental change in these feelings.
Can depression get better without treatment?
Sometimes people experience difficult times or loss that can create feelings of sadness that are temporary. In those cases, relying on a good support system and implementing good self-care, may help the sad feelings to improve on their own. However, if your symptoms include the following, I encourage you to seek help from a qualified mental health professional.
- prolonged sadness,
- feelings of hopelessness,
- poor appetite or overeating
- inability to sleep well or sleeping too much,
- difficulty concentrating
- lack of motivation or lack of energy
- thoughts of hurting yourself
What is next?
To set up your initial session, call me at (817) 666-3067 or fill out your information on Contact Today and I will reach out to you as soon as possible. You may also email me to schedule a time to talk over the phone. During the initial phone conversation, we will discuss if I am the best fit for you and schedule the initial appointment. I will also give you important information regarding the first session.
New clients please complete the Initial Therapy Forms Packet and bring to your first session. Following the first appointment, clients are free to go online into the client portal and schedule, modify or cancel their appointments themselves.