Has Depression Left You With A Looming Feeling of Hopelessness?

Have feelings of heaviness and hopelessness settled over your life? Is an underlying sense of despair or meaninglessness making it difficult to complete everyday tasks such as showering, brushing your teeth, or maintaining a clean home? Have you lost interest in activities you once enjoyed? 

man looking out windowMaybe it feels like you’re surrounded by a low-hanging cloud of darkness that follows you wherever you go. You may even have experienced something traumatic, such as an abusive relationship or the loss of a loved one that has changed the way you see yourself. Or perhaps you are oversleeping because you feel constantly tired and lethargic. 

People Experience Depression In Different Ways

You may have experienced unexplained feelings of sadness and guilt that cause you to isolate yourself from friends and family. Or maybe you lack motivation and this has interfered with your productivity, causing you to frequently miss work or school.

Perhaps you are struggling with the aftermath of a divorce, assault, injury, or medical issue, and it’s robbing you of the joy you once had.

If this is your reality, the good news is that therapy has been proven to be successful in the fight against depression. In seeking treatment for depression, you are one step closer to feeling happy and enjoying life again. 

Depression Can Affect Anyone At Any Point In Life

Mostly everyone experiences sadness at some point in their life. It is a natural human emotion. However, depression can feel different. Those with depression often feel sadness along with other prolonged symptoms like irritability, anxiety, and trouble concentrating. 

Everyone can experience symptoms of depression, regardless of who they are. It does not favor any particular person based on age, background,  race, or gender. Oftentimes people struggling with depression have a family history of the condition or they may be experiencing extreme stressors such as financial problems that they cannot handle on their own.

Many Cultures Do Not Believe In Seeking Treatment For Mental Health Issues

Unfortunately, although mental health problems affect people of all cultures and backgrounds, our society does very little to address the issue.

Even though many people are living with depression, there remains a stigma around mental health and seeking therapy. This is particularly the case in cultures where it is considered taboo to disclose one’s vulnerabilities to others.

Living in a society such as this, makes it challenging for people with depression to want to seek help. Frequently, in the struggle to overcome it, many self-medicate with substances that may appear to relieve depression symptoms at first. However, they only exacerbate the condition in the long-term which results in additional symptoms. 

The truth is that depression is not something you need to deal with on your own. You deserve to feel content and enjoy life again. At Pinkerton Psychotherapy, we are dedicated to helping you regain control of your life. Counseling offers you a way to discover what is driving your depression and create the opportunity for you to face it head-on and overcome it.

Depression Therapy Is A Way To Remove The Heavy Feeling And Restore Happiness

Being vulnerable and opening up about depression can be difficult, especially when it may involve trauma and other painful experiences in the past. However, during our therapy sessions, you can rest assured that you are in a safe and supportive environment that gives you the freedom to explore yourself, your beliefs, and perceptions of the world all while being accepted for your past, who you are now, and where you want to be in life. 

What to Expect During Depression Therapy Sessions

After committing to therapy sessions, we will provide you with some paperwork you can fill out as we get started. During this time and throughout your therapeutic journey, we will encourage you to ask any questions you may have about the healing process.

Additionally, we will go over confidentiality clauses and our approach to therapy while gathering information on your family, psychiatric, and medical history as well as your presenting concerns and symptoms. If therapy involves a minor, we will typically meet with parents for the initial session.

 Our goal is to help you overcome your depression by implementing a balanced approach to depression therapy. We use both problem-oriented and solution-oriented healing techniques depending on your particular needs. That means although we’ll be focusing on the underlying issue at the root of your depression, we’ll also make sure not to dwell too long in that space so as not to exacerbate any sense of hopelessness or sorrow you may feel. Instead, we’ll also be looking at solutions for counteracting how depression is affecting you day to day. 

woman reading on window sillDuring sessions, you will be empowered with the realization that you are in control of your mind and your life…At the same time, you will learn powerful grounding techniques and mindfulness exercises that will help you cope with stressors and unpleasant emotions.

Our depression counselors at Pinkerton Psychotherapy are extremely involved in the therapeutic relationship. Feeling depressed and hopeless is frightening enough. We want to show you that we support you fully and will help pull you out of your sadness. You do not have to do it alone.

Treatment Methods Used During Depression Therapy Sessions

We carefully tailor our approach to meet the needs of the particular client. Oftentimes, we find that with depression, analyzing the problem can be helpful for self-awareness and insight; however, therapy needs to go beyond that. Understanding a problem without being able to change anything about it is disempowering. This is where Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) can be helpful. 

Using CBT for depression helps us reframe how we perceive a situation while educating us on unhelpful ways of thinking. With enough practice, you can form new neural pathways in your brain that promote alternative perspectives that are more optimistic and accurate. Eventually, this becomes your “automatic” way of thinking.

Many people who suffer from depression often get trapped in a black or white way of thinking. To help with this, we often incorporate DBT skills into therapy because the effect of mindfulness, emotional regulation, acceptance, and walking the middle path is especially essential for those struggling with polarized thinking. 

I have been counseling clients with depression and helping them learn how to manage their symptoms better since 2017.

Achieving happiness and enjoying life again is not far-fetched. With the expertise and counsel of our depression therapists at Pinkerton Psychotherapy, you can begin to feel the heavy, dark cloud lift off your shoulders and experience the joys of life like you deserve to.

Perhaps You Are Considering Depression Therapy But Still Have Some Questions…

 What if therapy doesn’t work? 

Why not think about it this way—what if it does?  We don’t give up on our clients, and if something isn’t working for you, we’ll make it our mission to figure out what does. The benefit to seeking therapy for your depression is that it offers you a trained professional and myriad tools and techniques for creating a roadmap to healing that is uniquely your own.

Are you going to share what I tell you in session with anyone?

We take your confidentiality seriously. What you tell us during sessions stays between us. You are the only one who has the right to divulge what we talk about. So you are in good hands.

I don’t know if I can make it to the office for a therapy session. I live far away. 

woman sitting at table writingThat is ok! You will be happy to know that we offer both in-person and virtual sessions. Being unable to attend depression counseling in person is not a problem because of the efficacy and accessibility of online depression counseling. Whatever your schedule is like, we can meet for online depression therapy from your car, your home, or wherever you feel it is most comfortable or convenient.

It Is Time To Heal And Live A Happy Life

Depression is painful and can make life feel impossible, however, taking control of your mental health and seeking treatment with Pinkerton Psychotherapy can help you understand your pain and find what brings you joy and happiness.

If you have further concerns or wish to schedule an appointment, please call us at (713) 800–6999 for a free 15-minute consultation or contact us to see how our approach to depression therapy can help you.

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