Are You Ready To Let Go Of Sadness?
Have you been feeling down, depleted, sad and stuck? Are you struggling within your relationships or have you recently experienced the loss of a loved one? Perhaps you’re facing a challenge, such as adultery or divorce, and can’t find peace. Or maybe you or someone you love has been diagnosed with a disease and you’re having a hard time making sense of the experience. Are you dealing with aging or retirement issues? Is there something in your life that is weighing you down or making you feel sad, powerless or afraid?
Do you wish you could be happy and have fun again instead of always feeling worried, melancholy or pessimistic?
Depression Affects People Of All Ages, Ethnicities and Walks Of Life
As we move through stages of life, we are constantly presented with different kinds of challenges. In our twenties, we are figuring out who we are in relationships and what our values and boundaries are. You could be dealing with relationship issues, planning a marriage or thinking about having children. Perhaps you are worried that you won’t find someone to settle down with, or vice versa, that you are being pressured to settle down before you’re ready.
The thirties and forties are often filled with marriage, career building and child-rearing. These milestones bring with them much responsibility and require a huge investment of time and energy. Perhaps you are unsatisfied with your career, but feel obligated to stay because of financial responsibilities to your family. Maybe you are between jobs and worried that you won’t find work. Or maybe it’s your personal life that is suffering. You could be worried about your kids or have commitments that are stretching you too thin. You or your partner may have had an affair and be dealing with the repercussions within your relationship. You could be going through menopause, dealing with an illness or helping to take care of elderly parents or family members.
As we get older, we face empty nests, aging and our own mortality. Retirement can be a big adjustment for someone who is used to identifying as a professional. You may not feel as if you are as useful as you once were. It can be difficult to maintain relationships with your children and grandchildren if they are not geographically close. You may also be adjusting to different environments, social circles and financial limitations.
Believe it or not, many immigrants become depressed about living in North America. Your job may not be as glamorous or exciting as the job you held in your home country. You may not be making as much money as you’d like or find that your degree is useless here. You could be missing your native culture or have mixed feelings about raising your children in the west. Many immigrants experience some level of culture shock when they arrive and even long after.
As you can see, depression can have many root causes. The good news is that depression treatment can help you overcome feelings of sadness, powerlessness and hopelessness and get back to living a healthy, happy life.
Depression Treatment Can Provide You With Skills, Support And A New Perspective On Life
At some point, everyone feels a little down or overwhelmed. It’s totally normal to feel sad, emotional or demoralized once in awhile. But, if feelings of helplessness, hopelessness or a sadness you just can’t shake persist for more than a few weeks or are consuming your thoughts completely, you may be experiencing depression. If it’s determined that you are suffering from depression, I can provide you with the guidance, support and insights needed to reframe heavy, negative thoughts and start reengaging in your life again.
In safe, nonjudgmental sessions, we’ll work to identify the root cause(s) of your struggles and the negative patterns of thoughts that are perpetuating your discomfort. While you may feel alone in your self-defeating thinking, it’s actually very common for depressed people to be hard on themselves. In depression treatment sessions, you can learn how to improve negative thinking and develop a brighter outlook on your personal situation and on life. In sessions, I can also teach you how to interact with people in productive ways instead of ways that add stress and negativity to your life. Throughout sessions, I’ll encourage you to speak freely and ask questions of yourself. With increased self-awareness, you can start to better understand your experience and the issues that need resolving in your life. Together, we’ll work on finding solutions to the issues so you can feel better.
In depression treatment, you can learn practical skills, strategies and techniques to counteract distorted thinking and feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. What you learn in sessions (through techniques such as cognitive behavioural therapy, mindfulness and brain storming solutions) can help you regain your self-confidence and improve your mood.
Many of my clients describe depression treatment as like escaping a dungeon or opening a window in a dark room and finally seeing the light. With help, support, the right approach and a willingness to feel better, you can experience a lighter, happier and more confident way of being.
You may think depression treatment could help, but still have questions or concerns…
I can talk about my problems with my family and friends. I don’t need a stranger to help.
Although friends and family are an excellent source of support, a seasoned clinician can provide you with a new and unbiased perspective about a problem.
Your loved ones may not mind lending an ear, but they are most likely not trained or qualified to deal with depression. A skilled and compassionate therapist can provide a safe place for you to talk about things that might be sensitive within a family or friend situation. In depression treatment, you’ll also learn coping strategies and practical skills to keep your depression at bay. These tools can be an invaluable part of healing.
I can’t afford depression treatment.
I offer affordable fees, and you may be able to use your health insurance to cover treatment. Also, depression treatment doesn’t last forever. If you are ready and willing to put in the effort of coming to sessions and incorporating the tools that I’ll teach you into your everyday life, you can start to see positive results in a fairly short time.
I’m embarrassed to admit I might be depressed.
Seeking help for depression is a sign of health, not of weakness. This decision means that you are ready to face your problems head on and don’t want to suffer anymore. That is great news and the important first step to feeling better. I’m happy you are at least thinking about depression treatment.
If you still have questions about depression treatment, I invite you to call for a free 15-minute consultation. We can discuss your specific circumstances and determine how counselling could help.