Many people have described depression as a dark cloud that comes over ones life without reason, blocking the sun. This experience is often described as sadness, an inability to feel pleasure, feeling low or down, and a lack of motivation or energy. Although we all experience feeling down or “blue,” depression is much more persistent and should not be considered as weakness or something you can simply “get over.” Depression is the most common issue in the U.S., affecting more than 16 million adults in the U.S. in 2016, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. There are different forms of depression, such as Major Depressive Disorder and Seasonal Affective Disorder, which is based on seasonal changes. Due to its commonality, we want to help you get back into the sunshine and reconnect with yourself. No one should suffer alone, and that is why we are here to help.
what you may be experiencing
Although many report a similar combination of depressive symptoms, each persons experience is unique. Some symptoms include:
Significant lack of pleasure in most activities that was once pleasurable
Feeling sad or down most of the time
Significant weight loss or weight gain; or decreased appetite
Insomnia or hypersomnia
Pessimism or hopelessness
Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of death
We want to support you in getting through this. There are numerous reasons and combinations of factors that contribute to the onset of depression, such as genetics, trauma, environmental factors, and more. Even in more severe cases, depression can be managed and treated, and we don’t want you doing so alone. There are many treatments that deal with depression, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), meditation, and medication. Medication is often used to alleviate certain symptoms, while psychotherapy helps with the disruption of negative thought patterns that may prevent future depressive episodes.
How we can help
Insight-Oriented Therapy (Psychodynamic)
Insight-oriented therapy is based on the belief that through increased consciousness we can create new life experiences. This therapeutic process involves the therapist and client exploring and gaining a better understanding of how feelings, beliefs, actions, and events from the past may be influencing our current mindset and circumstances. The goal of insight-oriented therapy is to empower you with a sense of clarity so that you have the freedom to make new, adaptive, and healthier choices that support your continuing growth.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
This process is focused on addressing thought patterns, physical symptoms, and behaviors. Research shows that CBT is a very effective form of treating a variety of issues. Through compassionate and supportive care, we hope to create a safe space for you to feel comfortable in starting the process toward growth and reducing the feelings of depression and anxiety you may be feeling. CBT can be used alone or combined with mindfulness/meditation.
Through consistent practice, like meditation, we become more focused on the present and understand our experience in the here-and-now. Mindfulness teaches us to shift our attention away from negative thought patterns that lead to the unsatisfactory and problematic thoughts and behaviors and move toward positive and meaningful growth. Mindfulness can used alone or combined with insight-oriented therapy and CBT.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
EMDR is a research-backed integrative therapy that uses our understanding of neuroscience to help the brain reprocess traumatic memories more effectively. It works by helping to reprocess traumatic memories to make them less emotionally charged and overwhelming. EMDR uses visual, auditory, or tactile rhythmic side-to-side movements in order to stimulate the brain bi-laterally and stimulate reprocessing of help it reprocess the memories in a more adaptive way. EMDR has been shown to not only reduce negative trauma symptoms like intrusive thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks, but also help clients to feel like they are able to let go of past events that have been keeping them stuck. While originally developed as a treatment for trauma, EMDR has also been shown by research to be an effective treatment for anxiety, depression, grief, eating disorders, and addiction. For more information from the APA, click here. For more research on EMDR, click here.