Is the Coronavirus intensifying your depression symptoms?
If you’re feeling more depressed than usual, you’re not alone. Even if you or your family hasn’t been personally affected by the virus, uncertainty about how this is going to affect your health and financial situation in the future can be overwhelming.
We’re all struggling to cope with this situation, and it can be especially difficult for those who already struggle with depression. Social distancing and isolation can cause you to feel trapped, sad, and lonely, even if you have others around you. Media coverage and a lack of clear, concrete answers can also increase already heightened levels of anxiety and depression.
Online therapy can help you reclaim your ability to respond freely and creatively to the current situation.
Reach out if you would like to talk to see if working together makes sense.
Are you feeling depressed?
Are you feeling apathetic or hopeless? Have you lost interest in things you previously enjoyed? Do you sleep a lot or have a hard time sleeping? Is it hard to concentrate or make decisions?
Do you find that you feel irritated a lot and get angry easily? Or, are you crying more than usual? Perhaps you are really hard on yourself, even for little things. Does life feel meaningless or filled with despair?
We all feel down or sad at times. It is part of our shared human experience. However, a seemingly never-ending sadness or despair may mean you are suffering unnecessarily from depression. Depression impacts us on many levels and can leave us exhausted and drained…making it hard to complete even the simplest of tasks. We also tend to isolate when feeling down, making it difficult to reach out to others when we most need support.
But, there is hope! Depression treatment with a skilled, experienced therapist can make a huge difference in how you feel about yourself and life.
If you are struggling with the symptoms of depression, you are not alone.
According the National Institute of Mental Health, at least 16,000,000 people in the United States suffer from symptoms of depression in any given year. Women are twice as likely as men to get depressed. Financial stress, health problems, the loss of a loved one, social isolation, childhood abuse and neglect and long term caretaking of a sick family member are just some of the factors that can contribute to your distress.
Depression treatment can help you feel more alive, confident and engaged in life again.
We all have an inherent capacity to heal. As a therapist specializing in treatment for depression, I help you access your own inner wisdom and resources for healing. Together, we will explore the patterns that are causing you distress by bringing awareness, curiosity and compassion to whatever arises. My approach is holistic and includes methods from Somatic Therapy, Applied Existential Psychotherapy, Mindfulness, and Focusing-Oriented Therapy. In addition, my work is informed by the latest discoveries in Interpersonal Neurobiology and brain science.
After taking an initial history, we will explore the roots of your depression as they show themselves in the here and now. Since the key to what is going on is often found in our bodies, I integrate body awareness into our work together. In a session, I not only listen empathically to the content of what you are sharing, I also help you to become aware of what your body is communicating. For example, I might ask you to pause when you are sharing to take note of what you are sensing in your body. Or, I might possibly bring your awareness to your breathing, posture or the gestures you are making. By including the body in therapy, we can unlock the healing wisdom that our bodies hold.
Depression often masks deeper emotions that may have been too overwhelming to allow yourself to feel in the past. Or, it might simply have been unsafe to fully express your feelings in the environment you were in. Creating a safe, non-judgmental and compassionate environment is of utmost importance to me as a therapist. You get to choose how much and at what pace you want to reveal these deeper aspects of yourself. In this safe and respectful space, you can begin to experience these feelings in a way in which you can integrate them.
Our tendency as humans is to avoid, push away or suppress painful feelings. However, we actually free ourselves from depressive states by learning to tolerate uncomfortable feelings, including our anger, shame, grief and fear. In therapy sessions, we do this slowly and mindfully, in a way that leads to integration rather than overwhelm. As your window of tolerance grows for uncomfortable inner states, so does your capacity to experience greater joy and happiness.
A goal of therapy is to reclaim our ability to respond freely and creatively to present circumstances rather than reacting out of our past wounding. In counseling sessions, I don’t ask you to dig up the past for me to analyze it. Rather, I assist you to deepen into the past as it is impacting the present moment. As we work together to do this, it is easier to become aware of and dissolve the patterns we put in place a long time ago. These patterns may have kept us safe at one time, but they might now imprison us. With greater understanding and a fuller perspective, self-compassion comes naturally as does the freedom to make new choices.
Even if you feel hopeless right now, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Reaching out for help is a courageous first step. With the support that an effective therapeutic relationship provides, you can feel whole again. I have over 15 years of experience helping people just like you to feel better. With my holistic, existential approach, you can achieve long lasting, core-level changes in the way you experience yourself and the world around you. Although it may be hard to seek help, it is definitely worth it.
You still might have questions or concerns about getting treatment for depression..
I feel ashamed that I’m not able to do this on my own. Isn’t it a sign of personal weakness that I can’t just get over my depression?
It actually takes courage to admit that you are struggling rather than continue to hide it from others. It takes even more strength to seek out help. Although our culture puts a huge stress on being independent, recent discoveries in brain science show that humans need the support of others when distressed. When we turn to a compassionate, accepting other, we return back to feeling in balance and ourselves much more quickly. Believing you should just ‘get over it, when you can’t, creates even more shame, which feeds depression. Depression treatment can provide not only the support, compassion and acceptance of another human being, it can give you vital skills and processes to work through your feelings and give you long lasting relief.
Therapy didn’t work for me when I tried it before.
How well therapy works for you depends on many factors. Some of these factors include whether or not you had good rapport with the therapist, the therapeutic methods that were used, the length of time you attended and your state of being at the time. First of all, it is very important that you feel comfortable with me and that you feel you can speak up if you don’t. That is why I offer a free consultation so that you can experience that for yourself before you make an investment in therapy. Secondly, my approach is holistic and eclectic. It includes modalities that address not only your thoughts and emotions but also your body sensations. We explore what works best for you.
Is getting treatment for depression worth the investment?
Going to therapy is an investment in your well being and in your self care. If you are feeling better, you will not only better the quality of your relationships and improve your ability to function, you will be able to enjoy your life! In counseling, you can also learn skills that can prevent you from falling back into depression in the future. Psychotherapy is a worthwhile investment in you and your quality of life.