2020 is not getting any easier. With Covid 19 and the civil unrest, this could make your depression worse. How are you doing? It helps to share your depression: depression shared is depression halved. Depression is commonly referred to as the “common cold” of mental illness. Depression is often found to be at the core of our complexes. A lot of us did not get what we needed as children: the acknowledgement of our own person-hood, parents who could really see us and encourage our growth, and the excitement and joy that we attempted to feel as we mastered each milestone of our development. When these ordinary expectations were not met, we got depressed. And then spent the rest of our lives pretending we were not depressed. Sounds awful, doesn’t it? Do you lay awake at night just wanting to be free of your depression and depressive thoughts and to pursue your goals and dreams?
Is your depression causing your life to be dreary and joyless? Is it interfering with your relationships and your life goals? “If I could just achieve the goals I’ve set for myself: career, financial, education, family, artistic, physical, pleasure and public service.” Then I’d feel better. I get it. And it’s very hard to climb out of a depression all alone. If you find that each day is the same with your depression driving how each day goes, and you are surviving but not thriving, I get it. Really, we all want the same thing. To create and pursue our life to the fullest, whatever that looks like for you.
What are the three most common fears about seeking depression treatment?
Time commitment. Like any successful relationship, commitment to your weekly counseling sessions is necessary. Without showing up consistently each week, how can you make progress? When you understand that a profound relationship with your counselor is necessary to the successful outcome of your therapy, it will make it easier to commit to your weekly session. We can talk about this in our sessions.
Economic commitment. Where we spend our money says a lot about who we are and what goals we hope to achieve. Six months of weekly depression treatment adds up to approximately $2,400.00. In the great arc of our lives, we have spent that amount many times on vacations, conferences and seminars and education. Therapy built on a strong therapeutic alliance, empathy and compassion, continues long after the actual sessions wrap up. You internalize what you’ve learned and carry it with you for the rest of your life. This is an investment in your health and well-being for the long term.
Former bad experiences in therapy. Sometimes you’ve gone to therapy and had a less than successful experience. That hurts. Maybe you’re afraid that might happen again. I come from an analytical psychology and psychodynamic approach. What this means is I take my role as counselor very seriously, with all of the ethical guidelines and rules this entails. I have a lot of life experience as well as current, cutting edge training. As we collaborate on processing your depression together, I will always to check in with you to make sure you feel understood and seen in the therapeutic relationship.
I offer a free phone consult (15-30 minutes) to answer any questions you have about specific needs and questions about my practice.