Depression is one of the most commonly experienced mental health conditions. Everyone experiences sadness to some degree, as the ability to experience a range of emotion is part of what makes us human. However, when your experience of sadness starts to interfere with your life (i.e. school, work, relationships), it might be time to see a psychologist. Has your experience of depression started to decrease your ability to concentrate, or maintain your normal level of productivity at work? Have you noticed your eating and sleeping habits changing since your experience of sadness has increased? Has it led to isolation, or lack of enjoyment in the things you once felt passionate about? Depression is treatable! And you don’t have to do it alone.
Depression can be very tricky. It has the ability to change the way we think about ourselves, the world, and the people around us. When living with depression, we are more likely to notice the negatives, and ignore or diminish the positives. And the more we think negatively about ourselves, and highlight the negatives in life situations, or other people, the deeper the depression gets. Thankfully, our minds are like a muscle that can be trained. We can teach our minds to think in ways that better serve us in our lives. We can even teach our minds to experience joy and hope more regularly! Imagine being able to teach yourself to feel better and happier!
Psychological research has consistently shown cognitive behavioral therapy to be an effective means of treatment for Depression. I use treatments such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Behavioral Activation. I work collaboratively with each individual to specify exactly how your quality of life is being negatively affected, and what is maintaining your depression. Call today for your free 20 minute consultation to determine if I am the best psychologist to help guide you through the steps necessary to get your life back on track!