Sometimes you may be facing life situations which are just depressing and difficult. This does't necessarily mean you are depressed. It may just mean that something is taking its toll on you, and it is normal in these cases to feel bad. When this goes on for a while, the way you think can become more negative and the way you function can become less effective. If it is becoming difficult for you to "snap out of it" you may want to come in for a few sessions so that we can explore and determine how to get you out of this rut.
If this "rut" has landed you in a darker place that is beginning to feel hopeless, you may be suffering from clinical depression. If your mood has dipped well below what is normal for you, over an extended period of time, and is accompanied by other symptoms such as: low energy or fatigue, lack of motivation, heightened irritability or heightened sadness, and a really negative way of thinking about yourself and others, it;s possible that you are suffering from clinical depression. We won't know for sure until we meet and a thorough assessment has been made.
Once we get to the root of your symptoms and your issues, we will begin the work of restoring your life to one worth living. We will develop a treatment plan to help you to improve ways that you think, feel, and behave. You will discover some fundamental ways that your thinking holds you back and causes you to repeat dysfunctional ways of behaving and responding to life. As you begin to make changes to how you are "processing" life, and if you respond like most of my clients do, you'll start thinking more clearly, feeling better and responding better. With some clients, it can also be helpful to incorporate Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) which is a treatment modality that allows us to more quickly uncover the historical roots to your depression and then allow your system to reprocess in a more healthy way. Whether this treatment approach is right for you is something we will discuss.
If you are like many of my clients, you'll want to learn how to integrate your Christian foundations into therapy. If this is the case I will help you to integrate everything you are learning in therapy into a model that puts your Christian faith in action.