Depression. Sadness. Unmotivated. Down. Burned Out.
What’s your word for how you feel when you are down? Many of us experience low points in life. Sometimes they’re a result of a painful experience such as a job loss or a relationship difficulty. At other times the feeling comes from nowhere — a creeping sense of not being motivated, of not enjoying activities we used to enjoy, and we don’t really know where it started.
You need connection with other people. Yet when we’re down, it sometimes feels like people distance themselves from us. Are they avoiding me because I’m depressed? Sometimes it even feels like a betrayal of sorts. This feeling can sometimes result in a “spiraling” sense where we seem to get worse and worse.
I work with depressed clients by first being fully with them, listening and showing genuine care and empathy, and unconditional regard. You are not alone, and I will walk through this dark time with you. Sometimes just knowing another person really cares and looks forward to seeing you can be a life-altering experience.
I help clients in depressed states to connect with sources of joy and fulfillment in life, always tailoring my approach to their needs and context. We also look for patterns of thinking and behavior that might have worked in the past, but seem to be more hurtful than helpful now. It is frequently the case that simply making a small set of strategic changes can set up a positive “chain reaction” that makes life a lot more meaningful.
It seems so hard to take the first step, and you might be holding out hope that you can conquer this thing on your own. I think you probably could — but why face it alone if you don’t have to? Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a marker of strength. Take the first step by scheduling an appointment through my Contact page.