Depression is real, depression is debilitating. Depression can be fatal if left untreated and it affects 1 in 8 Canadians according to the Canadian Mental Health Association. Even more than depression alone, 20% of us will have some form of a mental health problem or illness.
Depressed people have a particular way of thinking and can’t shake it off. Depression causes near-sightedness, or, the inability to see outside of yourself, and your own situation. The world can become small, black, and white with no colour.
So, does it make sense that the mind that got us into the mess we are in may not be the mind that gets us out of it? Will you seek treatment for anxiety? Treatment for depression? Finding the right therapist will help you overcome, learn and grow.
Remember, mental illness does not discriminate and we are all susceptible to experiencing situational or chronic stress that can manifest into something darker. Negative life circumstances can also heighten the risk of becoming depressed but there is hope.
Counselling can appear to be an overwhelming thing to say the least. Whether we are seeking out depression therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) or other cognitive therapy / anxiety therapy – then we throw into the mix whether we want in person therapist sessions or whether we are open to some of the more novel approaches like online therapy sessions / online counselling. If you weren’t feeling stressed or anxious or depressed already, dealing with these decisions can add to our stress and the difficulty of seeking out the care that we need.
Depression can stop you from doing the things you want to do. It interferes with your ability to work or go about daily activities. Depression can make it difficult to carry out your regular routines, or even to spend time with friends and family members. You may feel sad, empty, hopeless, anxious, fearful or panicky. Depression can affect your ability to sleep and eat properly as well as your concentration and interest in things you once enjoyed. You may feel tired all the time and have no enthusiasm for anything.
Treating depression can and will require a host of different efforts from different angles and here, at Virtuous Circle Counselling we will use:
As no two individuals are the same, treating depression requires time, effort, consistency and patience to ensure the efficacy of the process. Seeking help takes an enormous amount of courage.
Deciding to seek counselling for symptoms of depression is one of the best decisions you will ever make. Learn the tools you need to fight back against the stigma and break the silence that keeps us living in our private sorrow, isolated from those we love, and lost within the prison of our mind. Learn how you can change your life, one step at a time.
CBT may be one of the efforts we use to address your symptoms so that you can regain your peace of mind and regular everyday life functions. CBT Mental Health Therapy involves guiding patients as they overcome the belief systems and thought errors that prevent them from succeeding and pushing forward toward health and wellness. CBT is an excellent and well-recognized model for treating depression and enables the individual to shift the cycles of thoughts and behaviours associated with poor mood.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an approach that has been widely used by psychologists, counsellors and other mental health professionals. When depression symptoms develop, cognitive behavioral therapy is a way to learn how to control these symptoms. Thoughts play a key role in depression so this approach helps patients address their beliefs about themselves, what they can achieve and what’s holding them back.
This therapy helps people move from errors in thinking to positive ways of thinking instead of letting the negative thoughts trap them. In order to successfully overcome depression, we must also identify and correct cognitive distortions — which can lead us to think unrealistically about the world around us. In other words, our perceptions about the world can be incorrect because of our belief systems.
Dialectical Behaviour Therapy may also be a treatment option. It was originally developed for patients suffering from borderline personality disorder and other forms of severe mental disorders – however, it can also be used in the treatment of depression. The replacement or change in behaviours that DBT provides, can help individuals to cope with their problems or life-changing events in a more positive manner.
DBT is based on the belief that people have the ability to learn skills and strategies for reducing emotional responses. These skills help to reduce overwhelming emotional responses, which are called “emotional triggers” or “cognitive triggers”.
Sometimes, an individual experiences a multitude of symptoms, and it might be helpful to discuss medication to ease the burden of those symptoms while you embark on your journey in therapy. While certain medications may be valuable adjuncts of care, you will not find any cures in a pill because your health is your responsibility (which is why you are here today).
Finding depression counselling in Calgary is one of the most important decisions you can make in order to get your life back on track. You’re already well on your way to take that step, and have started to remove the self-stigma. Now it’s time to find a credible and effective therapist, especially if this isn’t something you’ve done before. You need support from someone who believes in you and knows how to help you overcome the negative emotions that have become wholly overwhelming.
Here, at Virtuous Circle Counselling we believe in offering clients a safe and inclusive space to pursue mental health and wellness. We believe it is not only important to find an educated counsellor but a compassionate one, as well. If you are looking for depression counselling in Calgary, we offer phone-based, in person and online therapy sessions for all individuals and couples in need. Book a consultation today and enjoy a healthier “you”, tomorrow!
We are currently accepting new clients however being a good fit is everything in a therapeutic alliance. When you’re ready, please contact us for a free 30-minute phone consultation to see if we match your needs and goals.