Depression

Depression is a mental health disorder that affects mood, including how you feel, think, and behave. Everyone feels sad sometimes, but when it starts to affect your ability to perform daily tasks and your ability to enjoy things that typically bring you happiness, you may be suffering from depression. The symptoms of depression vary from person to person, but often include feeling miserable without a clear reason why, anxiety, agitation, insomnia or sleeping too much, hopelessness, changes in eating, and/or foggy thinking. Depression may also cause recurrent thoughts of death or suicide (or even a wish that it would all 'stop' in an abstract sense). If you think you might be suffering from depression, a qualified mental health therapist can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s depression experts today!

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Depression can feel overwhelming, and can keep us from experiencing all that life has to offer. I can help you get to the bottom of this and figure out how to cope with and change behaviors that can lead to a more content and joyful experience of life.

— Saren Craig, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in , OR

Sometimes the reason why someone becomes depressed is not immediately clear to them. Whereas others will attribute their depression to particular life circumstances: loss of a job, loss of finances, loss of a loved one, physical limitations, illness, aging. Some people report they are depressed because they feel helpless or hopeless about changing some aspect of their life. Others report feeling blocked or stuck in guilt, fear, or shame. Whereas others feel their very existence has no purpose or meaning. Also, it is common in depression not to feel connected to others. These are very valid and real forms of suffering. Through 20+ years of research and clinical practice with thousands of patients, I know just how very serious depression can be. I utilize a tailor made set of proven therapy modalities because everyone is unique with their own history and personality, no two people experience depression in the same exact way.

— Dr. Shawna Freshwater, Clinical Psychologist in Miami Beach, FL
 

Depression can feel like a heavy blanket, weighing you down. You can sit in the same spot for hours, thinking about nothing. You might feel as though taking care of daily tasks are exhausting or meaningless. You might think that asking for help makes you weak or flawed, but in actuality it makes you brave, strong, and empowered.

— Nikki Gorman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Working to get through depression is tough, but on the other side of this struggle can be great success. I would be honored to be with you on this journey.

— Rachel Sloan, Counselor in Frisco, TX
 

Does Squidward from Spongebob Squarepants speak to you? Eeyeore? Are you a "sad potato" who feels like you bring everyone else down? Depression is much more than just "being sad," and it takes more to recover from it than just "cheering up". If it were that easy, we wouldn't need therapists! I recognize how incredibly difficult it is to seek help when you're struggling with depression. If you're reading this, you've taken a powerful step toward feeling better. I can help.

— Fiona Crounin, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX

Do you struggle to find the motivation to get out of bed in the mornings? Do you feel hopeless and alone? Depression doesn't have to be with you forever. Give us a call today to get started.

— Julie Holburn, Counselor in Boulder, CO
 

Depression responds well to cognitive approaches because we can shift negative self talk, actions and emotions. One of the most challenging things clients face is how to increase their low motivation. More often then not the motivation comes later, not before, we change our behavior.

— Alyssia Cruz, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in SAN DIEGO, CA

Depression is a disease of culture, much like Type II Diabetes and, much like Type II Diabetes, in many cases it can be effectively managed through lifestyle changes. These include possible changes in social behaviors, thought patterns, activity frequencies, and more. You are not alone. Our mental health providers are proficient at treating depression and are here to help you reclaim your life from a very treatable mental illness.

— Caleb Folkerts, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
 

While most therapies can ease depression, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a specialized quicker approach. CBT holds that although depression may stem from many causes; depressed people generally share unrealistically negative patterns of thinking that make it far harder for them to bounce back. Through CBT people can challenge their unrealistic negative thoughts about themselves and find self-esteem, motivation, and productivity in their lives – leading to a sustained happiness.

— Dr Dan Cohen, Psychologist in NYC, NY

I approach anxiety, depression, OCD, addiction, etc. from a trauma specialist stance. Learning to recognize your trauma responses (triggers) and gain understanding that you are not broken, you do not need to fixed, you can learn to internalize your own truth worth and live more of your life in the present.

— Joyce LaHue, Clinical Social Worker in Fort Worth, TX
 

Instead of trying to get rid of unwanted thoughts and feelings (that might be impossible), I will help you learn to react differently to them so that you can keep your focus on living a meaningful and fulfilling life based on what’s important to you. We will work together to set meaningful goals to address your concerns–whether they relate to life transitions, depression, anxiety, body image, grief/loss, job or academic stress, or gender and sexuality.

— Luke Allen, Psychologist

I have worked with adolescents and adults struggling with Major Depressive Disorder, Unspecified Depressive Disorder, situational depression, and grief. Struggling with depression can feel very overwhelming, hopeless, and lonely. It can also make it difficult to reach out for help. Depression can improve by having a strong therapeutic alliance and using evidenced based treatment modalities like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

— Jamie Gordon, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denver, CO
 

I have practiced from a CBT and mindfulness lens through my career and have earned certificates in both areas. Through a combination of CBT, acceptance, and self-compassion clients can begin to feel a better understanding of their depression, patterns that may exacerbate symptoms, and an easing of their depression episode.

— Rachel Oppenheimer, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Boston, MA

We will help you develop greater insight to who you are and the difficulties you’re facing. You’ll be able to understand past experiences or unexpected events and place them in context so they stop lingering in your daily thoughts and emotions. We’ll help you discover your true strength and capacity, and we’ll help you develop the voice of compassion for yourself and others that you’ve been missing. Our use of evidence-based therapies will get you closer to joy with each session we have together

— Molly Olson, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Saint Louis Park, MN