Major depression is one of the most debilitating and difficult experiences one can have during the course of their lives. It is estimated that at any given time nearly 7% of the population is suffering from a depressive disorder (NIMH). The cardinal symptoms of major depression are low mood, loss of interest in activities, poor concentration, thoughts of worthlessness, hopelessness, fatigue, thoughts of death or suicide, weight gain or weight loss, insomnia, and lethargy or agitation.
Depression is very treatable and I have extensive experience treating this condition. For many years I applied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in my work with clients suffering from depression, over the past few years I have seen more positive results from incorporating Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in treatment.
I first help clients to become more mindful of their relationship with their negative thoughts, feelings, and mood states. What happens during the low mood in terms of your perspective on your life situation? Is there judgment about your pain or are you offering compassion and understanding? Mindfulness allows one to be with the pain of low moods without attempting to get rid of the mood or solve the problems the negative mood is fixated on. Paradoxically, it is the struggle with a negative mood which tends to make it more intense and last longer.
I look forward to working with you and helping you to maintain focus on what you value most in your life even when the depressive feelings, thoughts, and beliefs surface along the way.