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Counseling for Depression

Depression is a serious medical condition that can impact both the person with depression and their loved ones. If you are reading this page it is likely you or someone you love is struggling with depression. You are not alone, this is not your fault and you do not have to feel this way forever. At South Bay Wellness, we have many talented, kind and compassionate licensed therapists that specialize in working with individuals struggling with depression. Below you will find some helpful information about depression and the counseling process.

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What Is Depression?

Depression can be a very difficult condition to understand – especially for those who have not experienced it. Depression is more than being sad, upset or worried about something; those emotions, in the right context, are normal and healthy. Depression is different in that it is often unrelenting and not always associated with a specific life event or issue. Depression can range from mild to severe.

Why Is This Happening to Me?

It is very important that you know this is not your fault, that you do not deserve to be experiencing depression, you did not cause this and there is hope! Depression impacts almost 7% of our population, you are not alone.

There are many factors that can contribute to depression, it is one of the things you will explore in therapy – some of these are:
• Underlying physical health issues
• Genetics
• History of trauma
• Dysfunction in your family of origin
• Chronic stress

What Is a Therapist/Counselor?

A qualified therapist is someone who holds a masters degree in a mental health field and is licensed to practice as a therapist by NYS. They can diagnose and treat mental health disorders but they do not prescribe medication.

How Can They Help Me? What Will We Talk About?

All of our therapists believe in the individual’s ability to heal. They will listen to your concerns in a non-judgmental, fully accepting, and safe environment and will approach your situation with sensitivity, compassion, and professionalism. Early in the process of therapy, your therapist will guide your conversations with thoughtful questions to help them get to know you and learn more about what you are experiencing. As the therapy continues you will find yourself bringing topics, concerns, victories, and struggles to your therapist. Your therapist will help you with the following:

  • Education about what you are experiencing so you can understand what is happening with your emotional health and how your physical health may be impacting your emotional health
  • Techniques and skills to help you manage the depression you are experiencing
  • Assistance with processing difficult life experiences which may be contributing to how you are feeling
  • Understanding the role your environment plays in your emotional health
  • Evaluating the need to collaborate with other care providers (nutritionists, MDs etc.)
  • And much more…

Your therapist will use a variety of researched therapeutic interventions in their work with you including but not limited to:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Positive psychology
  • Person-in-environment and family systems models

Some Common Symptoms of Depression Are:


• A depressed mood most of the day almost every day
• Loss of interest or pleasure in all or almost all activities that used to bring joy
• Significant weight loss or weight gain or changes in appetite
• Slowing down in thoughts and physical activities that can be observed by others
• Fatigue or loss of energy nearly every day
• Feelings of excessive guilt and worthlessness
• Hopelessness
• Diminished concentration and decision making

Symptoms may be accompanied by thoughts of self-harm or suicidal ideation – if this is the case please go to your nearest emergency room.

 

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