Deciding to move forward with depression therapy is not always an easy choice for people to make. Many people believe that since everyone has difficulties in their life, there’s no reason to seek counseling. The reality is that the question isn’t really if you have challenges, if you’re feeling down, or if you’re feeling depressed. The question is: How long have you been living like this? And could you benefit from a little help? Hoping that your depression will pass is not an effective solution.
“Therapy is not to ‘talk about’ things, but to change the person’s life, and to relieve suffering, such as depression, anxiety, or relationship problems.” –David D. Burns
If you’ve gotten to the point where you don’t know how to help yourself then it’s time to reach out for depression help at Thriveworks Counseling in Lexington, MA. You don’t have to know how to proceed because we do. The long-term therapy benefits can help you learn how to prevent patterns of depression from sticking with you, how to identify and avoid your triggers, and how to use newly learned tools to handle challenges in your life.
The Thriveworks mental health professionals in Lexington, MA—our depression therapists, depression counselors, and psychologists—will help you get back on track to live a happy, healthy life. If you are ready to schedule your first depression therapy appointment with us, just give us a call. We’re ready to get to work when you are!
How Can Depression Therapy Help Me?
Some people decide to reach out for depression counseling because they’ve changed careers and they’re having a hard time coming to terms with it. Some are getting a divorce and don’t know how to handle the many changes in their lives. Some have survived the death of a loved one. Other reasons people seek counseling include addiction issues, low self-esteem, and panic disorders. These can all co-exist with depression.
Maybe you aren’t sure if you’re depressed or just experiencing some feelings of sadness that will pass. The following are common symptoms of depression—do they sound familiar? Are you experiencing these symptoms:
- General despair
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Loss of interest or pleasure in activities
- Difficulty falling or staying asleep
- Lack of concentration
- Changing appetite or weight
- Suicidal thoughts and ideation
If you are experiencing a combination of the above depression symptoms, consider working with a depression therapist or counselor at Thriveworks Counseling in Lexington, MA. “Depression counseling can help manage these symptoms and move you forward by providing education on what exasperates depression,” explains Genevieve Wicks, a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker at our Lexington office. “Counseling can support you in identifying healthy behaviors such as exercise and social activity that many depressed people struggle to participate in due to the fatigue that often accompanies depression. Counseling can identify negative thinking patterns and replace them with more realistic, positive thoughts such as ‘I’m going to take a walk outside today. It’s hard to find the motivation but I’m going to tolerate a walk today because I know staying inside all day alone will make my depression worse.’ In other words, fake it until you make it. Thoughts and behaviors can precede feelings. Altering your thoughts and behaviors can eventually change the way you feel. Working with a skilled, compassionate counselor can help you recover from depression and feel better!”
Do I Need Medication to Treat My Depression?
In some cases, medication can be very effective in treating depression—but they’re effective at one thing and one thing only: reducing or eliminating the symptoms of depression. They don’t actually treat the depression itself. On the other hand, when you see a depression therapist or counselor you can actually address the causes of your depression – which can lead to lifelong results.
Thriveworks Counseling has one main mission: To help you. If you worry that you’ve gone too far, if you worry that you don’t know how to move forward, then it’s time to reach out to us and let us help you. Our depression therapists have the skills, training, and experience to help you understand and manage your depression.
Schedule Depression Therapy at Thriveworks in Lexington, MA
Like we said earlier, we understand that making the decision to begin therapy isn’t an easy decision for a lot of people. However, it is the smart decision, especially if you’re dealing with a potential mental illness like depression. If your depression continues to go unaddressed, your symptoms will likely only get worse. Let our depression therapists and psychologists step in—they can help you manage these symptoms, understand the cause of your depression, and guide you in the direction of a better life.
You can schedule your first depression therapy appointment at Thriveworks Counseling in Lexington, MA by simply calling our office. We’ll offer you a next-day appointment, as well as evening and weekend scheduling options. You choose what works best for you.