Depression Therapy

Are you down on yourself, feeling hopeless, or low on energy?

Sleeping or eating too much or too little?

Lost interest in friends, fun, and can't concentrate on work?

Feeling lots of minor aches and pains?

 

You might be depressed.

 

If you are overwhelmed with fatigue, sadness, or guilt and can't make good decisions or get through a normal day without fearing that you just can't handle anything more, you might be depressed.

 

Everyone has period of disappointment and grief, and we all feel blue once in a while.  But when these feelings are our main mood for months on end, it could be time to seek help.

 

If you are struggling with depression, I'd like to help you learn how to help yourself feel better.  In my many years as a therapist I've seen people like you overcome depression and live happy, successful lives.  You can too

Men and Depression

 

Did you know that each year nearly 16 million people in the US are diagnosed with depression?

 

Depression can occur to men as well as to women, but men may manifest it more as irritability, or try to self-treat with drugs and alcohol. Depressed men are 4 times as likely to commit suicide than depressed women.

 

There is no shame in getting therapy for depression, yet feeling shame stops many men from reaching out for help. 

 

But if you are feeling miserable, trying to hide it, and your frustration is getting the better of you, why not find out how therapy can make a difference?

Women and Depression

 

Did you know that shifts in pre-menstrual hormones, dissatisfaction with interpersonal relationships, and job pressures can provoke depression for women?

 

So can childbirth. In fact, up to 16% of women experience postpartum depression, which can manifest with anxiety, insomnia, crying easily when you think you should be happy with a new baby, and thoughts of harming oneself or one's child.

 

If you are thinking you shouldn't be feeling this way, that kind of self-blame just keeps the depression going. Maybe you think that you can handle it alone, but why not make it easier for yourself and get some professional help?

Seniors and Depression

 

Did you know that shifts in pre-menstrual hormones, dissatisfaction with interpersonal relationships, and job pressures can provoke depression for women?

 

So can childbirth. In fact, up to 16% of women experience postpartum depression, which can manifest with anxiety, insomnia, crying easily when you think you should be happy with a new baby, and thoughts of harming oneself or one's child.

 

If you are thinking you shouldn't be feeling this way, that kind of self-blame just keeps the depression going. Maybe you think that you can handle it alone, but why not make it easier for yourself and get some professional help?

Youth and Depression

 

Did you know that young adults 18-25 are 60% more likely to feel depressed than individuals over age 50? 

 

And did you know that kids and teens showing signs of frequent minor illness or vague pains, ADHD, learning disabilities, defiance and disrepect could actually be depressed?

 

When young people don't know how to talk about their feelings, or when they have been through abuse, trauma, or profound loss, may withdraw or they might act out more, take more risks, and even feel suicidal without understanding why. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for teens.

 

If your child or young adult is showing signs of depression, getting them into therapy could save their life.

LGBTQ and Depression

 

Depression is a frequent by-product of the discrimination, abuse, judgmentalism and rejection from families, peers, neighbors, employers and co-workers faced by persons who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning their sexual or orientation or gender identity.

 

Yet the stigma of being "different" causes many LGBTQ individuals to avoid seeking therapy for depression. 

 

Self-acceptance and coping with personal realities are key to overcoming depression.  I can help you find your inner strengths and resilience to overcome stigma, oppression, and fear of being yourself.

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