What is depression?
Depression is more than sadness and emotional pain. It is typically characterized by loss of energy, indecisiveness, excessive sleeping or insomnia, restlessness, feeling slowed down, weight changes, diminished interest in activities that were once enjoyable, and, most notably, pervasive feelings of worthlessness, sadness, or guilt/shame every day, most of the day, over the course of about two weeks.
There are many sources of emotional pain in today’s society. When life changes, even when we look forward to change, depression’s effects are heightened. Other life events influence the likelihood of experiencing depression. These include life’s losses (breakups, divorce, death of a loved one), social isolation, relationship conflict, and abuse (physical, sexual, or emotional).
Depression’s hooks tend to keep people feeling stuck and second guessing their choices. This persistent feeling of being stuck and the mind’s endless search for relief has a tendency to create the spiral of repeating choices and patterns. Thus, more STUCK. My job is to support you as you build a new relationship with your emotions. I support your journey to make space for pain, explore its connections by accepting the struggle, and create a new life experience. This therapy is built upon developing the understanding that life is healthier and more fully lived when the mind is challenged, to forego the notions of “I have to feel better” and “I must be happy,” and move toward creating a life of meaning and a deep understanding of self that allows us to lead with our values. Over time, with practice, you can take your life toward purposeful and valuable experiences. This is the process of unhooking from depression and finding your freedom.
Medical conditions will need to be addressed with a medical professional. I will work with your provider to discuss treatment and coordinate your care.
Additionally, if you have depression with suicidal thoughts, seek emergency medical treatment immediately. Please take yourself to the nearest emergency room or dial 911 (for clients located in the United States).