Therapy for Depression & Grief
Please immediately contact the suicide hotline (1-800-273-8255) if you are
considering suicide, if you don't feel as though there is any other way out of your situation, or if you feel helpless/hopeless. Please know THERE IS HELP. YOUR LIFE IS WORTH LIVING! YOU ARE WORTH IT!!!
It's more than being sad or feeling blah...
Depression negatively affects how you feel, think, and act. It can alter the way you live your life and how you relate
to others. People suffering from depression find it hard to describe the feelings that encompass their whole being. It's more than being sad, it's an intense numbness where everything is so incredibly hard - even lifting a finger.
There's a feeling of hopelessness, an inability to live up to your own expectations, or feeling as though you're never good enough or always wrong. Then there are the well-intentioned friends and family who want you to feel better but don't know how to convey the their wish. Unfortunately, it usually includes a phrase like "snap out of it" or "shake it off". Neither of which are helpful.
Depression sucks out your light...
Feeling as though you're lugging around a heavy weight while also living with the internal negative battle raging in your mind is exhausting. Depression can be a dark veil limiting your world view, alienating others and life, and making the things you once loved to do meaningless.
And can make you feel sick...
It can all seem so much bigger than you. Did you know depression can also make you feel physically sick even though your doctor gives you a clean bill of health? For example, some physical symptoms of depression are vague pains and aches, sleep disturbances, digestive problems, fatigue, and appetite changes (to name a few).
Grief can come in many forms.
You're grieving the loss of a loved one, pet, a dream that was never realized, infertility, illness, or a transition in life – like retirement, graduation, or a move. Grief resembles a meandering path – which is unique to each person.
It doesn’t always lead to depression, however they often have shared symptoms – sadness, changes in appetite, no longer enjoying activities you once found enjoyable, fatigue, and well meaning friends or family want you to "snap out of it".
"Should you shield the valleys from the windstorms, you would never see the beauty of their canyons."
~ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross
Although depression and grief feel isolating, you don’t have to go it alone.
Therapy can be extremely effective in empowering you to express your feelings. It can lead you to uncover life problems that are contributing to your depression or grief, identify negative or distorted thinking, build on your innate strengths, and honor your loss and next phase of life. You will also receive support, education, and learn new concepts in small manageable pieces.
Many people have no idea where to turn to for support.
It's common to feel lost when searching for the right therapist. You want to find someone you can trust, but may not know where to start. The way depression and grief are experienced is unique to the sufferer. Because of this, your sessions will be tailored to your needs and goals... one teeny tiny manageable step at a time.
Coming to therapy is pointless.
It probably seems as though nothing will guide you from the darkness - so why even ask. There are many treatments available to bring you peace and light. Finding out what has not worked for you in the past can advise you how to navigate the next steps in collaborating to form a treatment plan that will work. You. Are. Worth. It.
I don't know what to say.
Depression can make everything harder, especially putting into words the feelings that encompass your entire being. There are a few ways to encourage you express the feelings that are most consuming: using song lyrics that speak to you, drawing, writing down quotes, or free writing words and phrases that come to your mind.
What sets me apart?
There is a connection between our heart, mind, soul, brain, & spirit. Therefore, I approach therapy from a holistic, strength-based, and collaborative perspective. I seek to better understand and treat your heart, mind, soul, brain, & spirit, discover your innate strengths, and honor your uniqueness.
No two people or families are the same, therefore your sessions will be tailored specifically to you. I utilize mindfulness-based practices and grounding, attachment theory, emotionally focused therapy, cognitive behavioral theory, internal family systems, and work towards a felt experience.
I also suggest weekly homework assignments so you can apply what we've discussed throughout the week. I will not only provide easy to use tools you can utilize on a daily basis, but also provide an opportunity to journey into the root of your problems.
It is possible for you to find peace and ease.
Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255