Depression affects how a person feels, thinks and reacts. If left untreated, it can have a detrimental impact on quality of life and relationships. Depression involves deep feelings of sadness and despair that are hard to get out of. It is not uncommon to get stuck in thought patterns that paralyze our ability to successfully function in daily life. For some, it can surface as irritability and angry outbursts toward the people we care about. At its worst, we might feel as if life isn’t worth living. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to overcome on our own because we lose interest in the very activities that would make us feel better and energy is hard to come by. Having a counselor come alongside to work through depression is invaluable as hope is instilled throughout the recovery process.
There are a number of reasons why a person might feel depressed. There may be circumstances in your past when you experienced trauma, loss of a loved one, emotional neglect, abuse or an accumulation of disappointments. In addition, biological factors and inherited trauma might be impacting your ability to enjoy life. My integrative approach includes space to process your unique story and where depression might have originated, while also offering practical tools so you can live a more productive life. I have found narrative therapy, cognitive behavior therapy, and EMDR to be effective in the treatment of depression so you can get back to the life you were created for.