What is depression? How can counseling help?
Many people feel sad, discouraged, or "down" once in a while, but for some people, this mood does not go away. There can be a loss of interest or pleasure in life. When these problems last two weeks or more, and are so bad that they get in the way of daily living, it may be depression. A person with depression may experience emotions such as hopelessness, despair and anger. Energy levels may be low and the simple day-to-day tasks may seem overwhelming. There may be feelings of
guilt or worthlessness; thoughts of suicide or helplessness; and difficulty thinking, concentrating, remembering or making decisions.
Most people who have not had depression do not completely understand its effects. Instead, they see it as simply being sad. Since it is not understood, many people with depression are criticized by others for not helping themselves. That is not useful. People who suffer from depression should have professional help. Depression that is not treated may get worse.
The Cognitive Therapy treatment that I provide has been proven to be an effective treatment for depression. Life can get better, profoundly better. Cognitive Therapy has to do with how we think. How we interpret our experiences in life determines the way we feel and behave. It is designed to help you identify and correct distorted thought patterns that can lead to feelings and behaviors that are troublesome, self-defeating or self-destructive. As we take every thought captive we are able to identify distressing thoughts and learn to replace them with more positive ones. While cognitive therapy focuses on your current problems to alleviate symptoms, your past experiences are an important part of the cognitive therapy process. Even if an unwanted situation has not changed, you can change the way you think and behave in a positive way. You will learn specific skills that you can use for the rest of your life. When you think clearly and more realistically, you feel better.
Please feel free to contact me for more information on depression treatment.