Should I Consider Counseling/ Therapy for Depression?
Depression is sometimes difficult to identify. It may develop gradually and some symptoms may be mistaken for other condtions. Sadness my not be the predominant symptom. Some people may notice emotional and/or cognitive (thinking) difficulties, and/or express physical complaints, and experience behavioral changes.
Irritability and anxiety can be symptoms of depression. In fact very often anxiety accompanies depression. Also the limitations that people experience from depression can create anxiety. Poor motivation and loss of energy can come with depression and create difficulties in participating and functioning in activites of daily living in family/relationships, work, and social settings.
We all have sad, blue days but the sadness that comes with depression is different. With depression the feelings of sadness often make people withdraw from normal activities and even isolate themselves.
If moments of depression are lasting more than they normally should or you have been stuck in a depressive phase for awhile and it is starting to affect your life style, counseling is likely needed. You may notice your relationships suffering, work performance declining, or that you can’t get the energy up to do physical exercise that you used to do.
Lyn is certified in ACT (Acceptance and Committment Therapy) which is an advanced therapy for depression and anxiety that is highly effective. With ACT you can learn how to live a valued life and reduce the symptoms of depression.
Use the Free Screening Questionaire and then make an appointment for a
free consultation in which I will do a diagnostic evaluation for depression and talk to you about how you can overcome depression with therapy and other suppportive treatments..
Counseling is beneficial for a person suffering from depression for many reasons. As a therapist who is experienced in working with people with depression, Lyn can help in a number of ways:
1) To identify and understand your depression symptoms which is the first step toward taking care of your depression.
2) To prevent worsening of symptoms or later repeat episodes. (Once a person has had an episode of depression, they are prone to have another episode)
3) Be able to describe and verbalize emotions. Being in touch with your emotions can move you forward in your treatment and help you to prevent future episodes.
4) A well-trained therapist can help you with depression by helping changing negative ways of thinking and assist you in learning how to replace negative thoughts with more positive ones. This is important because negative thinking can actually change a person’s neurochemistry which affects neurotransmitters such as serotonin which when diminished can cause depression..
5) To heal a tragedy, loss or other major life event that may be underlying your depression. As an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trained therapist, Lyn can help you to “reprocess” disturbing events and experiences so that they no longer impact your emotional health.
6) To manage self-care better in order to improve symptoms and precent future relapses. Recommend or educate you to take care of yourself better and make better lifestyle choices if these are areas that affect you..
7) To provide relaxation training for stress reduction, for example,
Hearthmath TM- a way to get the heart in to coherence so the rest of the body systems get into “Physiological Coherence” which then creates a state of calmness and relaxation” (www.Heartmath.com). (note: I am able to instruct and monitor my clients on Hearthmath TM and use biofeedback equipment to help the client learn how to be in command of their heart coherence using Heartmath TM (note-it is really very easy to learn!)
Meditation- simple mindfulness meditation can help
Breathing Techniques- Simple Yoga breathing
Emotional Freedom Therapy (EFT) - Customized energy transforming techniques to help you feel more vibrant.
8) To help you to find “Hope” again! Along with depression there is usually a sense of hopelessness and helplessness. The individual believes there is no hope and there is nothing they can do to change it.
Depression can be a long, lonely struggle without the right help. In my news article "Understanding and Seeking Help for Depression" I give information about depression and outline some ways for professional help, support from others, and self-care.
News Article: Understanding and Seeking Help for Depression
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