Depression Treatment

Do You Believe It’s Impossible To Feel Better?

Do you feel like there’s nothing to look forward to or strive for in your life? Do you try to act happy at work and in your relationships in an effort to keep people from realizing you are depressed? Are you worried about how your depression will affect the people around you or how you will be perceived? The weight of chronic anxiety may have left you feeling sad, apathetic or hopeless as you try to live up to unreasonable expectations you set for yourself. You may have trouble sleeping or sleep too much, leaving you too exhausted or lethargic to keep up with all of your daily responsibilities and obligations. You may want the support of your loved ones but struggle to accept their help, and this difficulty processing and communicating your emotions may lead to increased conflict or distance at a time when you already feel alone. Have self-doubt and self-criticism left you feeling helpless, broken and stuck? Do you wish you could find relief from the weight of your emotions and feel hopeful that things can get better?

Almost Everyone Is Affected By Depression

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), depression will be the second leading cause of work disability by 2020. Depression is more than just a chemical imbalance in the brain, though that may be a component. Your particular challenges may be caused by a variety of factors, such as genetic predisposition, cultural influences, economics, unmet expectations and the things you did or didn’t learn from family and friends. Alternately, you may be struggling to adjust to a difficult transition – starting college, having a baby or ending a relationship for example.

The factors that contribute to depression in your life – such as cultural influence or disappointment – can be either malleable or fixed, and you may be able to cope with certain challenges more effectively than others. At the same time, you may see friends or family members adapting to issues that are more difficult for you and wonder why you can’t just “get over it” on your own. Everyone experiences depression in their own way and for their own unique reasons, and your challenges don’t mean that you are broken.

With depression treatment at Integrated Counseling and Wellness in Rexburg, Idaho, you can learn to understand why you are struggling and what steps you can take to start feeling better.

Depression Treatment Can Help You Find Relief

Everyone experiences depression differently and for different reasons. I understand that the goals you bring to depression treatment will depend on your particular situation and challenges. I work with you to help you develop the specific skills and solutions you need to engage with life and find satisfaction, energy and happiness again. You may be going through a temporary rough patch and feel fine after only a few sessions. Alternately, you may need more time to work through more severe depression or co-occurring issues like chronic or acute anxiety. I provide a safe space where you can vocalize the concerns and issues you don’t wish to share with others without any fear of judgment. Instead of avoiding difficult situations and emotions, you can explore and learn from them.

I apply a variety of approaches and methodologies, tailoring each session to help you build the skills and understanding you need to find relief. Together, we will take the time to find the depression factors in your life that are more malleable and that we can influence more effectively. There are skills you can learn – such as compassionate mind training, breathing exercises and mindfulness – and new experiences you can use to gain a fresh perspective on your situation. When you are able to see things more clearly, you can be more compassionate and less critical in your self-judgment.

Good counseling is not just talking to a friend. You have people in your life that you can talk to, but there are limits to what a friend or family member can provide. Depression treatment combines a sense of kinship, rapport and trust and offers a space where you receive compassionate support with science-based intervention and clinical experience. Instead of just processing the challenges you are facing on the surface, we will set achievable goals that address the root cause of your suffering.

Through warmth and by expanding your experience, I can help you learn tailored, practical skills and see your situation from an expanded perspective. When you have the time and space to discover why you are struggling and what it is you want and need in your life, you can feel hopeful and empowered. In addition, if you are worried about a loved one who may be depressed – especially an adolescent or college student – there are steps you can take to support him or her. I can help you learn to recognize when and if he or she is having thoughts of self-harm and how to help him or her stay safe.

I am committed to helping individuals in and around Rexburg understand and manage depression, and I have seen that recovery is possible. With guidance and support, you can find relief from oppressive emotions and depression symptoms and feel engaged and alive again.

You may be considering depression treatment but still have questions or concerns…

I don’t really have the time to attend depression treatment sessions.

I recognize that your personal and professional obligations may prevent consistent weekly therapy sessions, and I do my best to accommodate your busy schedule. It is also worth noting that the symptoms of depression – such as hopelessness and lethargy – can serve as barriers to finding and committing to treatment. If you are concerned about your ability to attend sessions, I encourage you to give me a call and see if we can find a solution together.

How can talking about how I’m feeling help me get better?

When you trust the therapist you are working with and you know that he or she understands and cares about you, therapy can play an important role in your ability to manage and recover from depression. It doesn’t mean that you will never experience sadness or doubt again, but you will be able to recognize distressing emotions or symptoms and know how and when to address them. By expanding your experience and gaining new skills, you can find relief and recovery.

I’ve always felt this way. Do I really have a problem?

Just because you have always felt unhappy doesn’t mean that you always have to feel that way. If you’re willing to allow space for therapy to work in your life, things can change drastically for the better. Rather than sticking to one particular approach or methodology, I create treatment plans designed for each individual. If you are overwhelmed with depression, I will do everything I can to help you overcome it. I am invested, involved and motivated to help you find relief and happiness.

You Can Feel Joy In Your Life

Learning to manage and recover from depression can take time, and you may still experience times where you feel sad or hopeless. But, with the right guidance and support, you can find relief and feel more hope and joy in your personal life and relationships. If you are ready to fight back against depression, or if you have additional questions about depression treatment, I encourage you to call 208-357-3104 or contact me through this site to schedule a free 15-minute consultation.