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Treating depression is different from resolving grief, recovering from a “bad day” or coping with a case of the blues. Attempting to treat depression on your own feels impossible and at times, hopeless. Untreated depression can interfere with your physical and emotional health,  work, school and the lives of  friends and family.

Unfortunately, many people who could benefit from depression help, never seek depression treatment. The vast majority of people who do seek help for depression, can improve with medication, psychotherapy or a combination of the two. For mild to moderate symptoms of depression the psychotherapy of choice is cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT).  In cognitive-behavioral treatment for depression you will learn and practice the skills and strategies to help you better cope with this common yet treatable problem.

I have been educated and trained by mental health masters in the field of CBT, ACT and other evidence-based psychotherapy treatments for depression. I offer both in-office mental health services and online counseling and coaching services. The comment I have heard from hundreds of clients after treatment for depression is “Wow, I feel so much better now!”

 Symptoms of depression can include:

  • Persistent feelings of emptiness or sadness
  • Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities or hobbies
  • Unrelenting fatigue and/or insomnia, oversleeping
  • Feelings of hopelessness, guilt or worthlessness
  • Difficulty concentrating or mind going blank
  • Thoughts of suicide or not wanting to live
  • Restlessness or irritability

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Laurie’s Top Five Skills to Help with Depression 

  1. INCREASE COMPETENCY:  Do one small thing every day to feel competent and in control.  Take a long shower, fix yourself a healthy meal, set a realistic goal, then take a step daily to move you in the direction of your goal.
  2. SPREAD THE LOVE:  Give someone a genuine compliment; notice their response and YOURS.  Do something kind and unexpected for a friend or stranger.  Talk with a friend about THEIR life.  Really listen and empathize without sharing your problems.
  3. BE HERE NOW:  Focus on each of your major senses, one at a time.  Notice sights and colors.  Close your eyes and focus on each sound, even ambient noise.  Become aware of the position of your body.  See if you can identify the feeling in your hands that lets you know you are alive.
  4. DEVELOP AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE:  Write down the people and things in your life that bring you gratitude.  Make a commitment to log 3-5 NEW entries on a daily basis. If this seems overwhelming, start with basic needs such as clean air/water, shelter, electricity. Read through your past entries on a daily basis.
  5. OBSERVE YOUR THOUGHTS:  Notice, without judging, the thoughts your mind produces when depressed.  Remember these are just thoughts created by uncomfortable feelings not factual information. Watch as your thoughts come and then recede away, like waves at the beach.

Please KNOW: 

  • You are much more than a label of depression
  • You don’t have to live this way
  • You are stronger than your feelings of depression
  • I have the training and experience to help you feel, do and cope better
  • Call or email me today to schedule an appointment

Helpful links on cognitive-behavioral therapy and depression:

www.NIMH.org
www.nami.org
www.mayoclinic.org
www.beckinstitute.org