Therapy for Depression
Depression is heavy.
It convinces us that everything that might help is too much, too hard, too far away. The sheer resiliency required to take action and get help amidst this emotional weight is enormous.
The fact that you are here right now speaks volumes.
I understand the pain and hollowness of depression. It can make you feel as though life is meaningless and nothing will ever change. Depression can convince you that life is not worth living. These thoughts feel so real; and yet, they are simply the symptoms of depression – not reality.
The darkness of depressed thoughts tends to cause us to keep them hidden. We don’t want to burden others with the weight of our inner world. We hold these feelings inside and bear the heaviness alone. As a result, this incredibly common human experience leaves most of us feeling alone in pain.
Depression casts us away when what we need most is connection.
What Is Depression?
Depression is a spectrum.
Depression is one of the most misunderstood experiences of being human. Depression has a range of symptoms that are often not included in common depictions of this experience. Usually, depression is described at its most extreme: deep, numbing sadness, hopelessness, or the urge to hurt oneself.
However, many people who experience mild depression are unaware of it. They feel bored with life, unmotivated, or aimless. They feel lost or disconnected from the parts of life they used to enjoy. Relationships, work, or hobbies no longer bring the joy they once provided.
You may think this is “just normal life”. You may justify this experience as part of the aging process or minimize the impact they have on your overall state of mind. In any case, though these symptoms might seem “normal” and are shared by many, that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve your attention.
Life could always be worse. But it could also be better!
Where does depression come from?
The roots of depression share the same diversity and complexity as the people who experience it. No two cases are alike.
Depression can come from trauma, childhood, loss, physical or other mental illness, difficult life transitions, substance abuse, or many other experiences. Additionally, like any other emotional disorder, depression also has biological components and can have genetic predispositions.
Many people have been suffering from undiagnosed anxiety or low-grade depression for years before they develop more severe symptoms of depression. For some, the systems they grow up in are oppressive and instill beliefs that some parts of themselves must be suppressed to be loved and accepted.
What I Can Offer
My stance as a therapist is that our relationship in therapy is the starting point for the connection that will eventually become the pathway to feeling alive again. All the healing you gain from therapy is rooted in the trust I am able to earn from you.
You do not have to do this alone. Allow me to hold some of the weight and be with you in the struggle.
I will never pressure you to “feel different” or “do more”.
I will never ask you to “look on the bright side”.
I honor the realness of the feelings you bring to our space together, while also keeping the perspective that change can happen, even when you may feel hopeless. I will hold this hope for you until you feel ready to carry it confidently.
In the meantime, I can promise to be here for you consistently with compassion, honesty, insight, and a little humor at times. Together we can deepen your understanding of the roots of your depression and connect to the life you desire for yourself.