Overcome Depression and Rediscover All of the Joy Life Has to Offer
Life is full of ups and downs… and we can all feel sad or hopeless at one time or another.
But, if you’re like many of the clients I help every day, those feelings of sadness, guilt, or anguish have become overpowering, overwhelming, or seemingly never-ending.
Of course, feeling sad is perfectly natural and nothing to be ashamed of. But depression is something else entirely…
If you’re struggling with depression, then you know what a painful and lonely experience it can be.
I know. I get it. It can feel like all of the joy is slowly being sucked out of your life.
When your down days turn into weeks, or if you’re often self-critical, or you’re no longer interested in the things that once brought meaning and joy to your life, or you feel like you’re “just not yourself anymore,” then it’s time to get some professional help.
Why Counseling & Psychotherapy?
Unfortunately, although depression is almost always treatable, many people try to cope with their depression on their own, through dieting and exercise, or by taking medications or supplements, or by spending time in nature, or talking with family and friends.
Don’t get me wrong… all of these things CAN help.
But they rarely last for long… and they’re rarely enough.
Because none of these things actually help you understand and resolve the underlying causes of your depression.
I know it can feel like no one understands why you’re feeling the way you do – not even you.
But depression doesn’t occur in a vacuum… Like so much else in life, depression has its underlying causes and reasons.
And only professional counseling and psychotherapy can help you not only learn to cope with the symptoms you’re experiencing, but also help you understand and work through the underlying causes of your depression, so you can create true healing and growth, realize your potential, and experience confidence and joy in your relationships and in your life.
Moreover, my own personal experiences have led me to understand that much of our depression has its roots in some form of trauma or is directly related to our sense of self.
Accordingly, I’ve done extensive research and undergone numerous trainings in various experiential, somatic, and body-centered therapeutic techniques that I’ve found to be particularly effective in helping people cope with and overcome chronic depression, including:
- Internal Family Systems (IFS) – Internal Family Systems can help you understand the different parts of your personality that make up the whole of your being. Since depression often stems from parts of ourselves that have been emotionally wounded in the past and are trying to protect us from experiencing those same disappointments again, IFS can be an incredibly powerful means of helping you reintegrate those wounded aspects of your personality with the whole while making sure you no longer need the “protection” that depression can provide, and ultimately helping you once again move forward in life with confidence and optimism.
- Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) – EMDR treatment seems to have a direct effect on the way that the brain processes information, helping people to reduce the intensity of upsetting thoughts and see disturbing material in less distressing ways. While EMDR originally proved its effectiveness at helping people cope with and overcome traumatic experiences, it has also been found to be effective in the treatment of other emotional and mental health issues, including depression, especially when previous traumatic experiences are contributing to current symptoms.
- Hakomi Therapy – The Hakomi Method is a body-oriented approach to psychotherapy that uses various mindfulness practices to help clients explore their core material and the various aspects that make up the their personalities. Since much of our depression and the negative beliefs we have about ourselves and the world around us are held and expressed through our physical beings, Hakomi therapy can be an ideal means for you to cope with and release the confusion and chaos that’s built up and held in your physical being, while you address their underlying causes, heal, and restore a sense of balance and direction to your life.
In other words, the different counseling and psychotherapy techniques I use with clients can help you better cope with the symptoms of depression that you’re struggling with today, as well as help you recognize and work through the underlying causes for your depression, so you can create true healing and growth and live life to your fullest potential.
In fact, I’ve created Beyond Words Psychotherapy to help people like you do just this… because healing isn’t achieved through talking alone. We all need to learn how to integrate the different aspects of ourselves (body, mind, and spirit).
Are You Ready to Reclaim Joy in Your Relationships and in Your Life?
Unfortunately, there is no “one-size-fits-all cure” for your depression.
Effective therapy requires your time, effort, and commitment… and you may feel worse before you start to feel better.
That being said, counseling and psychotherapy have been consistently proven to be the most effective way for people like you to cope with, work through, and resolve depression so you can experience all of the joy life has to offer.
And while the length of time therapy requires can vary depending on the type of depression you’re experiencing, thanks to the holistic, integrative approach I provide, many of my clients begin to see significant improvements within just 8-10 sessions.
So if you’re ready to stop struggling just to try and make it through another day… if you’re ready to restore balance to your life and rediscover joy, then I encourage you to contact me today at 510-735-8868 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you have or to schedule an initial consultation. I look forward to speaking with you and helping you create a life that’s truly worth living!