Spiritual Counseling and Depression – Counselors and Therapists in Franklin, MA

Emotions, in and of themselves, are neither good nor bad. They are bad when they prevent us from doing what we should or provoke us to do something harmful. They are good when they prompt us to do something helpful or necessary. From a spiritual perspective, emotions are good when they bring us closer to God but bad if they draw us farther way from God.

Can we say the same be said about depression? Can depression ever be good for us?
Can it ever draw us closer to God?

There is a link between depression and anxiety. Many years ago, Martin Seligman showed that a sense of helplessness can be a learned state of mind conditioned by years of frustration. This persistent frustration generates anxiety that can lead to a reduction in motivation and, eventually, a sense of hopelessness. This hopelessness can generate severe doubts in our abilities, distrust for others and even a lack of faith.

However, in our time of need and desperation, we may actually cling to God, feeling like there is nowhere, or to no one else, that we can turn. This response can actually generate a hopefulness that restores our faith and draws us closer to God.

The link below is a class, instructed by Dr. Handel, on how spirituality and depression can interact. Dr. Handel is a licensed psychologist and ordained minister. In this class, he takes a trek through scriptures and presents their relevance using actual case studies from his practice and experiences.

Dr. Handel is also the Clinical Director and owner of Thriveworks Franklin. At Thriveworks Franklin, there are therapists who have studied the interactive effects of depression and spiritually. They understand that depression affects the whole person: spiritually, emotionally, behaviorally, physically and mentally. If you are struggling with depression, a therapist at Thriveworks Franklin may be able to help you. So, call Thriveworks Franklin at 617-360-7210 and make an appointment today.

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I was pleased with the quick and easy access to services through the Thriveworks website. My own HMO had a lon...Read more

g process and wait list during these times of Covid. I chose Jane Eagles to work with because I wanted a mature therapist with lots of experience. She was able to tune right into my situation and my goals for the sessions. She raised great questions for me to consider and always took time to reiterate the main takeaways of our time together. I appreciated her wisdom and clarity as well as her sense of humor.

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I started coming to therapy. I was skeptical at first, knowing that "the first therapist you see may not be the right 'fit' for you," but I was lucky enough to have immediately clicked with Mikkah. It took a bit of time for me to really open up and start to dig deep in my own emotion, but Mikkah was so patient and made me feel so comfortable. She truly has helped me identify a lot of different things I was feeling, but couldn't understand why. I originally came to therapy for adult ADD, recommended by my PCP, but I used therapy as a healthy outlet to start talking about things I have experienced that has caused my mental clarity to fog. Mikkah has truly been such a savior in my life and I can't express my gratitude I have for her. She is extremely professional but makes me feel so comfortable talking about literally anything - almost like we've been best friends for years, even though I just met her a few short months ago. I am so happy with how my therapy is going and I always leave a session feeling better than how I went in. Thank you Thriveworks and thank you especially to Mikkah! You are incredible!!

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    Franklin, MA 02038

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