Freedom from Depression
Many people think the opposite of depression is happiness. I would say that the opposite of depression is vitality. All of those negative beliefs about yourself have been with you a long time, many of them since childhood. You know the ones I'm talking about; the ones like "I'm not good enough," "I'm not smart enough," "No one will love me," and "I'm a bad person." These false beliefs become a sort of stifling straight jacket of negativity and self-loathing that can define your normal way of living.
This is no way to live. Together we can explore these false beliefs and acknowledge and even honor the pain and loss you've experienced along the way. As you shed these beliefs and feelings, a door opens to let in new life and self-loving thoughts. At first it may be just a crack, but the hope and vitality that seep in can be palpable and the heaviness of living begins to lift.
Symptoms of depression:
- Not finding joy in what you once used to
- Change in sleep patterns
- Change in appetite
- Pattern of repetitive negative thought patterns
- Thoughts of self harm
- Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
Depression can manifest for a number of reasons. Sometimes we grow up and find that we have lost access to the natural, spontaneous, joyful part of ourselves. This part, which some call the "natural child" is inside all of us. Many of us can recall this part of ourselves from our childhood, when we didn't care about what others thought of our creative, silly, spontaneous selves. Over time, family and society can give us messages that make us feel like we need to choke off that part of ourselves because it doesn't feel emotionally safe to express our true nature that way. Through counseling you can rediscover that part of yourself and find the courage and safety to express it. When we can access that part that wants so much to come through, depressive symptoms can fall away.
When there is a family history of depression, it is not uncommon to see it continue through subsequent generations. This is by no means a "sentence" to depression. If a parent's depression interferes with their attachment to their children, it can result in an insecure attachment which can later lead to depressive or anxious behaviors including substance use and abuse. The good news is, therapy can help you create a new way of interacting with the world, your intimate relationships and yourself.
Difficult situations can give rise to depression. Challenging events in our lives such as death of a loved one, divorce, job loss, illness, natural disasters or any number of events can make us feel powerless and alone. Counseling can help you make meaning of the situations you find yourself in and help you navigate them in a healthy and hopeful way.
When we work together, we will uncover what has lead to your depression and release negative behaviors and beliefs about yourself and the world. We'll find ways to challenge negative thinking and give permission to the natural, spontaneous, joyful self that lies underneath all the conditioned patterns and thoughts.
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