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Depression Counseling

Are You Sick and Tired of Feeling Depressed?

Are you tired of putting on a façade that you are doing “great” when you really struggling? Do you feel emotionally exhausted by the end of the day? You may be questioning your own self-worth. Are you finding yourself feeling hopeless, sad, and/or empty much of the time? You might even wonder if you will ever feel better. If so, you may be experiencing depression.

 

Depression is hard because it’s like a veil that comes down and changes how you see everything. Often depression takes the joy out of doing things that you used to love to do. It can also make doing the simplest things feel impossible. You know that exercise and eating healthy food is important for mental health, but you find you don’t have the energy or motivation to do the most simple forms of self-care. This can make you feel even worse. Another trap that people fall into is feeling that they should be able to get out of the feelings of depression on their own or believe that depression is a sign of weakness. Depression treatment can provide you with hope and a pathway out of the depression.
 

You Are Not Alone

We all assume that everyone else is doing okay. We isolate ourselves with our depression and don’t tell others about it, thinking we are the only one. Here is a secret: most other people who are struggling with mental health issues are keeping quiet about it too! You are definitely not the only one.

Facts:

  • Depressive disorders are extremely common, normally impacting 10% of the US population during a given year. This has increased dramatically during the pandemic to 44% of the population experiencing depression.

  • 50% of the US population will have a diagnosable mental health condition over the course of their lives. (I’ve actually never met a person who didn’t have something diagnosable going on sometime in their life; but we will leave the statistics to the statisticians!) 
     

The bottom line is you are not alone, and you are in good company! The good news is that with the help of a compassionate and knowledgeable therapist you can begin to feel better. When people participate fully and put effort into therapy, with time, emotions and stress become more manageable. They begin to feel more engaged and purposeful in their lives. 

 

 

You Can Take Your Life Back

 

There are multiple therapeutic strategies that can be helpful in dealing with depression. I meet each client “where they are” without pre-conceived ideas about what their goals should be or a pre-packaged way of addressing their concerns. When working with me you will have a sense of being deeply understood and heard. This is rare in our society and can be very healing when it is experienced. Often people mention that they have never had the opportunity to tell their whole story. 

In Counseling With Me You Will Have The Opportunity To:

  • Feel supported and understood,

  • To develop a better understanding of the causes and genesis of your depression,

  • Discuss trauma that you may have experienced,

  • Learn and apply strategies to manage and reduce depression and regulate emotions,

  • Rediscover who you are and what brings meaning into your life,

  • Learn to identify stressors,

  • Learn how mindfulness can help you to heal from depression,

  • Learn to set boundaries, and

  • Examine negative thought patterns and beliefs that you may have about yourself.

 

My approach in therapy is creative and holistic to fit the needs of each client. I use a strength-based and solution focused approach with clients and am always looking for what is going well in a client’s life and/or finding times in their lives when they solved similar problems. I look for strengths to use as the building blocks for solutions to the problems they currently face. I frequently offer suggestions, strategies, podcast episodes, and applicable books to supplement counseling sessions.

I have a Masters Degree in Social Work focusing on mental health. I have been helping people with depression and other mental health conditions for 16 years. I draw on my training, many years of clinical practice, and life experiences to understand the struggles that my clients go through and to provide skillful, empathetic, and effective treatment.

 

That Sounds Great But……

  • “I should be able to handle this myself. Asking for help means that I am weak.”

    • Humans aren’t meant to handle their problems by themselves; we are social creatures. Starting therapy is not evidence of weakness. Being willing to work on yourself shows incredible strength and courage!
       

  • “What do I have to be depressed about? Other people have it harder than me.”

    • This is not a competition. Suffering is suffering.
       

  • “I can’t afford counseling” or “I don’t have the time”.

    • Can you afford not to? Participating in counseling has the potential to improve your mood and your overall feelings of well-being. When our mood is improved, we are better partners, parents, employees, students and friends.

 

How Do I Get Started?
 

I offer free 15-minute consultations so you can get a sense of how it might be to work with me. The consult also gives me an opportunity to learn more about your situation and allows me to determine if I think I can be helpful. 

Give me a call at 607-414-0640 to set up a free consult or send me an email through the contact form

 

Thank you! I look forward to meeting you!

Janice.