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Benefits of Professional Depression Counseling

Using psychotherapy for depression can help reduce your symptoms and make it easier for you to handle everyday stress. I use a variety of depression counseling techniques. Research has shown that the best treatment for depression is a combination of talk therapy and medication.
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Everyone feels unhappy from time to time, but prolonged feelings of depression may indicate that you need depression counseling. Depression counselors are mental health professionals who specialize in helping clients experiencing depression and may also treat other conditions, such as anxiety, that can occur at the same time. Many people attempt to treat their depression individually, but the benefits of psychotherapy are numerous.

Depression counseling can take on varying forms, depending on the symptoms you present and your therapist’s assessment. If you’re displaying extreme thinking patterns, cognitive-behavioral therapy may be appropriate. If the therapist believes your depression is due to past trauma, they may use an experiential intervention, such as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Because of this, depression counselors often use multiple techniques to help patients recover. 

How Psychotherapy for Depression Works

Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy for depression is an effective method to help you identify and work through the causes of your condition. In cases of severe depression, however, it may not be effective on its own. Nevertheless, it can still make a big difference when used alongside other treatments or medication.

It can be difficult to determine if you need to see a therapist. This is especially true if you have functional depression, since family and friends may not realize you are depressed. However, even though you may appear okay, you could still be suffering. Symptoms include:

  • Insomnia or excessive sleeping
  • Poor appetite or overeating
  • Low energy
  • Low self-esteem
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Feelings of hopelessness

Receiving psychotherapy for depression can help you learn ways to deal with the stressors of everyday life and leave behind past traumas, no matter the severity of your condition.

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How Psychotherapy Can Assist You in Living with Depression 

If you’ve been living with depression, or your feelings are impacting your ability to function normally, seeing a therapist may be best. Professional treatment can help make you feel much better, however, it is important to understand that healing will take time.

Depression and other mental illnesses are difficult to treat, partly because a patient’s normal thought processes are disrupted. People living with depression often have unhealthy views about themselves, which can make it difficult for them to make good decisions. Some clients may self-medicate, continue a treatment that’s not working, or even hide their suicidal thoughts.

That being said, studies show that many types of psychotherapy for depression can be helpful. These include:

  • Cognitive therapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy for depression

At Transformation Therapy, I use multiple techniques to identify the cause of your depression and determine appropriate coping strategies. I offer counseling for both adults and couples living in Arvada, Golden, and Wheat Ridge, CO. Call us at (303) 872-7899 with any questions or to book an appointment.