Depression Therapy2024-05-17T16:42:48+00:00

Does Depression Keep You From Living A Full Life?

Do you struggle to find motivation to take care of yourself, pursue a career or personal interests, or take part in relationships?

Perhaps you aren’t interested in activities you once enjoyed and wonder where your inspiration went. You may isolate yourself and find that you could sit all day doing as little as possible. You may feel sleepy all the time but still be unable to get a good night’s rest.

Depression can make it hard and painful to live your life the way you hope to, and you might be wondering if therapy can be the catalyst for a fresh start.

Depression Can Impact Every Part Of Your Day

Living day to day with depression on top of life’s responsibilities can be a struggle for many reasons. Leisure activities that used to be enjoyable might also involve feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness.

You may also have trouble thinking or concentrating—or even unexplained physical problems, like body aches, headaches, or digestive issues. You may fixate on the past, blame yourself for your current circumstances, or feel guilty for your thoughts and behaviors. Depression can even lead to thoughts of death, suicidal ideations, or suicide attempts.

Although it may not seem like it right now, you can feel better about yourself again. You can get out of bed with motivation after enjoying a good night’s sleep and feel inspired to take better care of yourself. Counseling can help you unravel your depression to make it easier to experience joy again.

As a depression therapist, I want to help you understand that depression is not your burden to bear in isolation and that not only is a fulfilling life possible, you can even love yourself more.

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Depression Is An Unfortunately Common Issue

Depression can develop in a variety of ways, sometimes over a short period, for instance, after a stressful life event. According to a study done by the CDC in 2020, 18.4% of U.S. adults reported having ever been diagnosed with depression. (1)

Life events that can cause depression include relationship issues, financial struggles, illness, stressful school or work commitments, or even big changes like moving or having a baby. Sometimes multiple stressful circumstances can happen in someone’s life all at once, making depression more likely to occur.

For example, if someone gets sick while also going through another personal issue, they may struggle with optimism or hope. Similarly, going through a traumatic event may lead to other problematic choices, like social isolation, a lack of self-care, or abusing substances. These issues can often compound the initial event that started their depressive state.

Sometimes Depression Has Roots In the Past

Depression can begin in life early on, coming and going in waves. Sometimes, it’s even genetic, and people may find that their hormones or biology have created depression symptoms that impact them regularly.

Sometimes, long-term depression can be mild, and at other times it’s more severe. Both short and long-term depression can be incredibly overwhelming and all-encompassing. Feelings of hopelessness coupled with issues like self-blame can make it difficult to overcome depression without help.

Additionally, the perceived stigma for seeking help for mental health issues can make it difficult to open up to others, thus, contributing to loneliness and keeping people stuck. However, therapy can be a safe space where you can find support, make tangible improvements, be heard without judgment, and stop depression from controlling your life.

Therapy Can Help Free You From Depression’s Grip

It’s critically important to me that all people can find safety, comfort, and solace in my therapy practice. I continuously strive to create an LBGTQIA2S+ affirming, neurodivergent-affirming, antiracist, and compassionate space for everyone. Much of that work starts with me – my own efforts to explore parts of myself and to increase my self-awareness around power, privilege, and oppression.

Sessions usually involve identifying what is driving your depression, including internal and external factors, as well as relationship and societal aspects. We’ll brainstorm ways to help you shift your thinking about your depression and how to handle your circumstances.

For instance, stress at your job might contribute to your depression, so counseling sessions could focus on identifying ways to deal with work-related stress. We will also work on identifying your values as well as the inner strength you likely already possess to help you during the therapy process.

Modalities To Generate Change And Inspire Hope

I utilize various approaches to depression treatment, working from a strengths-based, solution-focused, attachment-based, and trauma-informed perspective. We will engage in what’s known as “parts work” that aims to support you in managing your depression. In parts work, I’ll help you identify the different parts or roles you take on in life. We will explore aspects of those parts, sitting with and accepting the emotions they bring up, and identify ways to nurture them.

Cognitive Behavior Therapy or CBT for depression involves assessing your thoughts and thought patterns. When we look at how we associate certain thoughts with certain feelings and behaviors, we learn what is holding us back from doing things we want to or need to do. Then, with this knowledge, we can work toward breaking free from these disruptive thought patterns.

Mindfulness for depression gives you opportunities to calm your mind, look within, and objectively view your emotional reactions. It can involve meditation, as well as somatic work like breathing exercises among other techniques. These activities give you the ability to regain control over your mental state, putting you back in the driver’s seat of your emotional reactions.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy or DBT for depression is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that focuses more on emotional regulation, distress tolerance, mindfulness, and interpersonal skills. Part of this treatment involves learning containment skills that can help you compartmentalize difficult thoughts, memories, and feelings.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing or EMDR for depression is a powerful way to identify and detach from negative emotional reactions by working with your natural ability to heal yourself and your nervous system. In therapy, we will discuss events that took place long before your depression symptoms occurred that may relate to your current circumstances.

Even after experiencing depression for a long time, there is hope. You can work through this difficult time and live a meaningful, present-focused life with a sense of motivation and encouragement about the future and your goals. As your counselor, I can help you live a life free of depression.

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You May Still Have Concerns About Depression Therapy…

Motivation is difficult for me, due to my depression, but I know treatment would be beneficial. How do I motivate myself to go?

This is a common question for people who struggle with depression because a lack of motivation, low energy, and a depressed mood are all-encompassing symptoms. In your first session, we will discuss what is driving this lack of motivation and create a plan to support you in staying consistent with your appointments.

Often, remembering why it is important to you to go to therapy can be a powerful motivator. Additionally, telehealth can help you stay consistent with your appointments.

I’m worried about judgment by others or being seen as weak for seeking therapy.

It takes courage to seek out a therapist and to continue to attend therapy sessions, which indicates your inner strength, not your weakness. Therapy is a confidential process, providing you with a safe place to talk about your experience, free from judgment.

You can go at your own pace and communicate your needs and boundaries. Additionally, seeking telehealth therapy provides an extra layer of privacy because you don’t have to visit an office.

I’ve been told I just need to get on with my life. How do I know if I really need therapy?

If you’re unsure if your situation is as bad as it seems, it could help if a third party thought about your experiences with depression in an objective way.

A therapist can provide an expert outsider’s perspective, and counseling can be beneficial no matter how severe your depression is. Seeking out a therapist can provide a safe place to express yourself, identify the drivers of your depression, and learn ways to heal and move on.

Depression Treatment Can Help Bring You Back To Life

Your current circumstances don’t have to last forever. Reach out to my practice for a free, 15-minute consultation at (303) 727-0291 to discuss how depression therapy can help you find your inner strength and give you a fighting chance to finally heal.


If you find yourself in need of immediate or urgent support, please reach out to one of the following hotlines, which are staffed with professionals to walk you through your immediate need.

  • Suicide and Crisis Lifeline – Dial 988
  • Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners 1-844-493-8255 (TALK)
  • Oregon Crisis Text Line – text OREGON to 741741
  • Racial Equity Support Line 503-575-3764
  • Trans Lifeline – 1-877-565-8860
  • The Trevor Project (LGBTQIA2S+ support) 1-866-488-7386


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