Depression Therapy

It’s okay to need help, when you’re ready, I’d be happy to take this journey alongside you.

What is Therapy for Depression?

There are several types of psychotherapy for depression that you may have heard of, for example, cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, psychodynamic therapy, etc. It’s fantastic that you’ve chosen to learn about treatment options to improve your mental health.

All of these types of treatment for depression have the same goals. During our sessions, we’ll work to increase your understanding of what situations, behavior, negative thoughts, etc. contribute to or cause your depressive episodes.

The result of our therapy sessions is that you will learn to recognize your symptoms of depression. Through skills, techniques, and strategies we’ll develop, learn to manage the causes and situations that lead to sadness and depression for you.

“You say you’re ‘depressed’ – all I see is resilience. You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective – it just means you’re human.”- David Mitchell

Major Depression

Also known as major depressive disorder or unipolar depression. With this type, you may experience depression symptoms every day, usually independent of your relationship with friends or family or the situation around you. The symptoms can last for weeks or months.

Manic Depression or Bipolar Disorder

People experiencing manic or bipolar disorder experience times where they feel extremely happy, followed by episodes of severe depression. In more serious cases these episodes can be accompanied by hallucinations or delusions.

Perinatal & Postpartum Depression

This is a type of major depressive disorder usually occurring during pregnancy or within four weeks of childbirth. However, it can be experienced up until the baby’s first birthday. This condition affects 10-20% of childbearing women.

Situational Depression

This is also known as adjustment disorder with depressed mood. It’s very similar to major depression in its symptoms. The key difference is that this type is triggered by a specific event or situation, for example, the death of a loved one, serious illness, or a life-threatening event.

What does therapy do for Depression?

Healthcare is always a very personal journey; in the realm of mental health, it’s even more so. Treatment of depression has several goals but can vary between individuals. The main goal is to relieve or eliminate the symptoms of depression. To do this we focus on reframing the problems or causes of depression. This is hard work that will require you to practice exercises and techniques I’ll teach you.

Your sustained efforts will lead to many benefits including, an easing of depressive symptoms, better sleep, reduced pain, better health, improved interpersonal relationships, clearer thinking, lower risk of future depressive episodes, etc.

A common question is how long does it take to treat depression? There is no easy answer for this, it’s not like healing from a broken bone. Everyone’s journey is different and so is the time it takes for recovery. But committing to keeping your appointments and practicing the exercises goes a long way to hasten recovery.

“But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Get in touch now

If you’re exhibiting depressive symptoms or behavior, recovery is easier if you start treating it early. Untreated it’s not uncommon for moderate depression to turn into debilitating severe depression. Contact me today and together we’ll start working on a treatment plan, address any questions, issues, or concerns you may have, and start you on the road to recovery. I look forward to working with you.