Therapy for Depression
Holistic therapy for depression, grief and loss
Like all emotions, sadness is a healthy response to certain life experiences. It tells us about what is important to us, what we need, and what we care about. However, if you’re feeling chronic sadness that doesn’t lift, then a deeper process is happening that needs attention.
Depression is experienced differently from person to person. For some it may be felt in the body or expressed as anger. For some it is felt as disconnection from others, feeling numb, or a loss of direction and meaning. Other symptoms include loneliness, self-doubt, low self-esteem, and a loss of interest in activities that used to be enjoyable.
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”
– Carl Jung
Therapy for depression can help
Getting help for emotional pain is like opening a doorway to greater wholeness and contentment. It is possible to heal from the past and change negative patterns that keep you stuck. I support my clients in exploring the roots of the symptoms while learning how to nourish the good in life. Together we can uncover the patterns and beliefs that keep you stuck and work on shifting them and discovering how you want to engage with life.
Depression often points to ways in which we are out of alignment with our true nature. Therapy is a place where you can connect with your inner life and see what feels out of alignment and what changes you want to make.
I have seen many people commit to this process and reconnect with clarity and aliveness, and find inner sources of inspiration and qualities that have been hidden for many years.
If you are interested in working together or have any questions, let’s talk
What causes depression and low moods?
Depression is usually caused by a combination of factors. It can be brought on by a crisis, a loss, or a life transition. It can also feel like there has been a lingering sadness or stagnation for most of one’s life. People I work with often tell me it has been a long time since they’ve felt hopeful or happy and they can’t point to why.
The landscape of depression can feel continually uncomfortable and hard to escape. Decisions become challenging and lethargy can make it feel impossible to engage in activities that might actually feel good.
There are many roots of chronic sadness and depression, including:
- A difficult childhood
- Suppressed emotions or life dreams
- Complicated loss and grief
- Societal reasons such as oppression
- A life transition such as a move, a change in role or relationship
It is important to get support and know that healing is possible.