Depression is an experience of prolonged sadness and hopelessness. It can be difficult to identify within ourselves as symptoms seem to gradually build and take over our lives.
Depression can be chronic and reoccur without any known external cause or it can be a reaction to a life event that is emotionally overwhelming. When we feel like we can't cope with the feelings of sadness depression can be a way of shutting down or avoiding unwanted emotions.
We can experience depression as a reaction to many things. Trouble in our relationships can lead to depression when we lose the sense of closeness we once had. We may become stuck in re-occurring behaviors, problems, or conflicts that cause us to feel hopeless. A significant loss such as the death of a loved one, separation/divorce, or a transition from one stage of life to another can cause us to feel lost and out of control leading to depression. Whatever the cause of depression, there is hope and through therapy, you can find freedom from depression and start living again.
We will work together to identify underlying causes of your depression that are rooted in past experiences and learned behaviors. Many times, we must grieve and re-experience hard feelings that have been tucked away deep inside. We will do this together and along the way learn skills for coping and managing emotions in a healthy way that prevents you from becoming numbed out emotionally. You can find relief and we want to help you on your journey to finding a happier you.