Are You Tired of Feeling Down and Out?
Do everyday tasks seem to require an enormous amount of effort? Are you exhausted all of the time? Does it seem impossible to see the positives in any situation?
Perhaps you have started to spend more and more time feeling sad or even just apathetic. You don’t feel motivated to go to work, exercise, or do other things you usually enjoy. You might even be avoiding social gatherings and isolating yourself from those closest to you.
Some of the physical symptoms of depression might be making your life difficult too. It’s possible that you’re finding it increasingly harder to get out of bed in the morning due to exhaustion. Brain fog may be making it difficult to think clearly and make decisions. You may also notice a drastic increase or decrease in your eating patterns.
If you are stuck in a negative thought cycle, it’s likely that you’re ruminating on your past mistakes. You might blame yourself for the intense feelings of sadness you’re experiencing. Recent experiences may have left you contemplating your purpose and sense of worth.
You wish you could just snap out of this funk you seem to be in, and restore a sense of happiness and fulfillment in your life.
It may have been so long since you felt good that you worry that you’ll never experience joy again. Life feels heavy - and it seems harder and harder to escape this dark cloud that seems to be hovering over you lately.
We want you to know that we see you - we know you are struggling. And we want you to know there is still hope. Although it may be hard to see an alternative to your current mood, depression is a very treatable condition with the help of a professionally trained counselor.
You’re Not the Only One Feeling Down
Depression is very common and seldom talked about. In fact, in 2020 about 8.4% of American adults experienced at least one episode of major depression. Unfortunately, only about two-thirds of these individuals received depression treatment.
Empaths and highly sensitives <link to empaths/HSP landing page>, who typically experience their emotions very intensely, may be more prone to experiencing episodes of depression. Additionally, major negative life changes, such as a difficult divorce or the loss of a job, can also influence whether or not you experience depression. Without adequate resources to cope with a major stressor you may find yourself, like many others, feeling hopeless or perhaps even thinking things would be easier if you no longer existed.
The team at BYBS & Thrive Counseling is here for you. We promise to treat you as a human being rather than just a diagnosis. We understand there are larger cultural, systemic and societal influences that are likely impacting the way you are feeling. We will look at all components of your experience and symptoms to help figure out the best strategies to get you living a life of serenity and happiness.
Focusing on Mind-Body-Spirit Wellness Can Help Alleviate Depression
You might be hesitant to reach out for depression help because the feelings of sadness and guilt are so overwhelming that you aren’t sure where to begin. This is why we simplify and make it as easy as possible for you. The holistic approach that we take at Be Your Best Self & Thrive Counseling will allow you and your therapist to take a step-by-step approach to your depression, beginning with simply having a space to talk about and better understand your symptoms. Together, you and your therapist will then work on setting small, achievable action steps that will help you reduce feelings of sadness, guilt, and despair and an increased sense of enjoyment in your life.
As person-centered clinicians, we want to improve the connection you have with your own inner world as well as the external world around you. While we’re all trained in various types of therapy, we believe in the power of this compassionate, integrative treatment for cultivating inner peace and spurring positive growth.
We’ll also use tenets from interpersonal therapy to assist you in improving your relationships with others. Because depression often involves isolating yourself from or difficulty getting along with others, looking at the quality and quantity of your current social interactions can help you improve your relationships as a whole. Together, we can rehearse potential social scenarios through role plays to enhance your confidence in your communication skills.
We also draw from components of neurobiology to help you understand what goes on inside of your brain when you are dealing with depression symptoms. Understanding how the chemicals in your brain impact your overall functioning and ability to think clearly allows you to obtain a more comprehensive understanding of your physical body. Thanks to neuroplasticity (the brain’s ability to change), the shifts depression causes in the brain can be reversed! And with the support of the right counselor you truly can change your experience and heal from your depression. We believe knowledge is power, and when you have the right tools and information and truly feel connected to your body, you’ll be better equipped to cultivate helpful strategies to reduce and eventually eliminate the intensity and impairment depression can cause.
We also incorporate Eastern practices into therapy for depression to teach you a variety of simple, easy techniques that will help you focus on your breath, calm and activate your nervous system when needed, and create more meaning and purpose in your life.
Additionally, treatment methods may incorporate elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) to help you recognize the connection between your depression and the thoughts, feelings, and actions associated with it. These techniques will help improve your ability to regulate your emotions, including the sadness and irritability you may experience during a depressive episode.
Overall, we want to make sure you’re equipped with a lifelong toolbox for stress management and emotional regulation. Our eclectic approach to therapy therefore aims to provide you with answers not just about what depression is, but why and how it affects you so that you can be successful in overcoming it.
Happiness is within reach, even when things seem bleak. Our team of supportive therapists believes in you and your capability to live the life that you desire.
Perhaps you want depression treatment, but you’re still a little hesitant…
I’ve been depressed for years- I’m not sure that I can change
Though depression can be debilitating at times, it is also very common and definitely possible to recover. Our team is excited to support and guide you towards the life you desire at your own pace. We’ll review your growth and celebrate your successes together to encourage you to continue to make changes.
I feel depressed but I can still go to work and function like a “normal” person. I don’t think I’m worthy of getting depression help.
Everyone deserves to get the treatment they need for symptoms of depression. No matter what symptoms you are experiencing, your emotions are valid. Our supportive clinicians will take a nonjudgmental approach to helping you process what you’re feeling and improving your mood.
I can barely leave my bed- what if I don’t have the energy to go to counseling?
Never fear - our team is adept in meeting you where you’re at right now. In addition to in-person therapy, we can meet with you from a HIPAA-compliant telehealth platform for your convenience. Together, we can help support and guide you to the point where you feel comfortable and empowered enough to leave your house.
Transform sadness into happiness and fulfillment
If depression has left you feeling hopeless, guilty, or simply blue, holistic treatment at Be Your Best Self & Thrive Counseling can help! Contact our team today schedule your free,15-minute consultation and start your healing journey.
**Please note that during COVID-19, we are offering both in-person and online therapy sessions.