S.A.C. Dip. (Adv. Psychotherapy) MCH CLC NLP
Recipient of the 2018 CCPA Counselling Book Award
It can take some courage to begin counselling for depression. There really is no quick fix or shortcut, but it doesn't need to take years of therapy to turn your life around.
The issues at the heart of depression, run much deeper than can be addressed by drugs. Although anti-depressants may make you feel better for a while, the real issues are not being addressed by masking the symptoms chemically.
My approach to working through depression is to see depression as a process, rather than an disease. The symptoms of fatigue, dysphoria, isolation, loneliness, endless second-guessing, grieving, mind-chatter, anxiety, etc. can be understood as the symptoms of depression, rather than depression itself. While pharmaceuticals can be useful to provide symptom relief, experts agree that the problems are usually rooted much deeper than mind altering drugs can address.
Dealing with the underlying issues provides resilience and permanent solutions. Dealing with the root causes of depression allows you to emerge stronger and with a new foundation in reality to build your life on. And for many people this can be accomplished without the use of addictive and symptom-masking drugs.
Often we work in combination with the medication to improve patient outcome and in most cases reduce how much or how long a patient requires anti-depression medication*.
I consider depression a healing response of our minds and a reaction to internal overwhelm. I have worked with people who had been on pills for 15 years and still felt depressed! After doing a few weeks of work (typically 3-6 sessions), they began to feel better about themselves, their outlook and their life. They truly started to engage themselves in life again.
In the sessions we work with a three pronged approach to free yourself from depression: Understand, Embody, Relate
Every week we progress through cumulative breakthroughs, self-discovery and sometimes some easy exercises that lead to understanding ourselves in the world around us in a new way. Soon thereafter we transition to the next two phases wherein you discover the key tools to your own happiness and create within your own life and universe.
Come and talk. Your whole first session is completely free and without obligation. Its worth the time to simply come and talk.
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