Do You Feel Down, Depleted or Hopeless?

Are you discontent or unsatisfied in many, most or even all aspects of your life? Do you have difficulty connecting with others or feeling understood in your relationships? Have increasing levels of pressure, anxiety or self-doubt left you too confused or overwhelmed to sort out what it is you really want and need to feel happy? Do you often just go through the motions without feeling any real joy or hope that things can change? You might find yourself dealing with intense feelings of sadness, guilt, worthlessness or despair – including thoughts of self-harm – that last several days or more. You may be able to hold yourself together during the workday, but feel so stressed and exhausted by the end of the day that you end up snapping at your partner or a family member. Perhaps you find little happiness in activities or around people you used to enjoy, preferring now to spend your time alone and not worry about putting on a happy face. And, while the solitude might provide temporary comfort, the lack of meaningful connections with others may have you feeling even more isolated and depressed.

Physical symptoms of depression, such as difficulty concentrating, lack of sleep, lethargy and physical aches and pains, can also take their toll and make it hard to stay motivated and keep up with daily responsibilities. Perhaps you have experienced a change in your personality or behavior, such as an increase or decrease in appetite, decline in self-care or hygiene and/or a lack of interest in sex. You may not know or understand why you feel sad. Do you wish you could find a path to relief and healing and foster a sense of hope and joy in your life?

You Are Not Alone

Depression is one of the most common mental health challenges in the U.S., affecting more than 15 million adults every year. There is no single cause for depression, and everyone experiences it in their own way and for different reasons. We all experience loss and change in our lives that can leave us feeling helpless, overwhelmed and unprepared. Minnesota has been hit especially hard in recent years, and the devastating increase in adult suicides in the state shows just how important it can be to seek help. But, it can be hard to recognize signs of depression when there are so many potential causes and symptoms.

The good news is that you are not alone, and there is help and hope for recovery. A trained therapist can help you understand your experience with depression and develop the skills, awareness and confidence you need to foster joy, peace and positive connections in your life.

If you are considering suicide or self-harm in the central MN area, please contact: The Four County Crisis Response Team for Mental Health Crisis Services for Benton, Sherburne, Stearns and Wright Counties in MN at #320-253-5555 or #1-800-635-8008, or in other areas, please use any of the following suicide prevention numbers listed below:

Suicide Prevention Hotlines

·       1-800-SUICIDE

·       1-800-273-TALK

·       For Deaf or Hard of Hearing: 1-800-799-4889

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911 and/or proceed to your closest hospital emergency room.

You Can Find Healing and Relief with Depression Counseling

Depression is one of the most researched mental health issues in the world, making it one of the best understood and most effectively treated. Utilizing proven approaches to depression treatment in a warm, welcoming space, we can collaboratively explore your difficult thoughts and emotions. Together, we can determine what factors are causing or contributing to your symptoms of depression and develop personalized strategies to help you find lasting relief.

In some cases, we may start by completing a depression assessment to identify sources of depression and any co-occurring issues, as well as define your personal, professional and relationship needs and goals. You can begin to understand how underlying issues, such as anxiety or unresolved trauma, impact the way you think, feel and behave. And, I can help you develop practical strategies that can help you manage symptoms, develop positive ways of thinking and start trusting yourself and your decisions. With an increased level of self-awareness, you may feel more secure and confident in many aspects of your life, including initiating and maintaining healthy interpersonal and intimate relationships.

I incorporate a variety of scientifically validated approaches shown to help individuals find immediate and lasting relief and healing. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help you recognize how thoughts affect emotions and learn to respond to fear and self-doubt with self-compassion. We can practice specific solutions, such as breathing exercises, mindfulness or journaling, tailored to your unique challenges, symptoms and goals. And, by developing healthy coping skills and establishing a regular routine, you can continue healing over time. You can learn how to build trusting relationships, set boundaries and share your needs openly and honestly. I can also help you explore alternative paths to healing, such as adopting a service or therapy animal, which have been shown to support greater health and happiness.

I have been helping individuals and families understand and cope with depression throughout my career. I also provide parenting skills and Employee Assistance Program (EAP) services via VITAL WorkLife in addition to my regular work as a depression therapist and an individual and family counselor. Regardless of how down you feel now, please know that help is available and relief is possible. With therapy for depression that is focused on healing and recovery, you can learn the skills and tools you need to live a satisfactory, productive and happy life.

But, you may still have questions or concerns about depression counseling…

What if depression treatment makes things worse?

It isn’t easy to take an honest look at ourselves and our unmet needs and fears, and you might not be sure if you are ready to commit to making changes in your life. But, I offer a warm, welcoming space where you can openly share anything and everything at a pace that feels comfortable for you. With the support of a compassionate depression counselor, you truly can work toward lasting healing and growth and build the strategies and confidence you need to feel fully functional, happy and healthy.

Does a depression diagnosis mean I’ll have to go on medication?

Therapy is a powerful tool in understanding and treating depression. But, because both physical and psychological factors can play a role in how you experience depression, you may need more than therapy alone to deal with severe depression symptoms. Studies show that for many people, a combination of depression medication and psychotherapy is the most effective form of depression treatment. As a depression therapist, I don’t prescribe medication. But, if you think medication is an option for you, I can provide support as you work with your primary care physician, psychiatrist or another healthcare professional who is qualified to make medication decisions based on your health, symptoms, family history and other factors.

I’m not sure I can afford depression therapy.

I understand that some fear can come up when considering the cost of therapy, especially if you are already paying for depression medication. You may not be sure how you can access the care you need while staying in your budget. That said, there are options to help manage costs that you and I can discuss. Therapy is an important investment in your wellbeing. It is hard to put a price on feeling happy and satisfied, and cost, alone, doesn’t need to be an obstacle to receiving effective treatment for depression.

You Can Live a Happy, Fulfilling Life

If you are ready to start working toward healing and personal growth, or if you have additional questions about depression counseling at Tranquility Therapy, I invite you to call 320-259-4051 to schedule a 10-minute free phone consultation. We can discuss your needs, goals and my approach, and, if you would like to try working together, we can schedule a time to meet.

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