How Does Depression Counseling Work?
Because the experience of depression varies so much from person to person, therapy for someone who is depressed also changes to suit the client. The Grow Wellness Group specializes in counseling for depression across Naperville, IL and the western Chicago suburbs, and we take pride in offering unique treatment tailored to you as an individual. There is no rigid step-by-step process by which your therapist can help you work through your feelings of depression, so beginning therapy won’t involve being told what to do or what steps to take next, but rather begins by simply listening to your story and asking questions about your experience. Your therapist will ask how you’re feeling, but will also ask about the many different areas of your life: home, work, family, friends, and so on. The goal is not to only understand your feelings of sadness, but rather who you are as a whole person within the context of your life.
This first conversation can be pivotal. After dealing with these difficulties on your own for so long, it can feel like a breath of fresh air to share your story to someone who is listening without judging, asking questions without blaming, and empathizing without patronizing. This sets the stage for the supportive, collaborative relationship that follows in which the therapist and client work together to help the client lead a more balanced and satisfying life.
Your Partner in Helping You Examine Thoughts, Feelings and Behavior
For many clients with depression, a skewed perspective often develops in which we are only able see those things in which maintain or contribute to our feelings of sadness. As such, therapy for depression often involves helping a client recognize their blind spots, or those areas of our lives in which we may not be seeing the full truth. Someone who describes feeling worthless, useless, or unlovable may not be able to see those areas of their life in which they are successful or those relationships in which they are truly valued, loved, and appreciated. This is not to say that a depression counselor will try to talk you out of feeling the way that you do, but rather that the therapist will help to reflect reality, helping you to give yourself the credit that you deserve. Although approaches vary by therapist, research has shown Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamics to be effective in the treatment of depression. All of the therapists at the Grow Wellness Group are trained in CBT, ACT and Psychodynamic techniques and employ an integrated theoretical approach to counseling people with depression.
Your Partner in Helping You Take Action
More than this, though, Grow’s therapists and counselors take an action-oriented approach toward treating depression. Being depressed often feels like being “stuck in a rut,” and for good reason—we continue to cling to unproductive, unhelpful, or even destructive ways of dealing with the stressors in our lives. We withdraw from relationships when they become difficult, or we self-medicate with substances to help us get through difficult times. Our team will work to help you find new and better ways of coping with the stressors you face. We will collaborate with you to learn new skills and encourage you to break out of your routine by experimenting with new ways of thinking, acting, and being with yourself, with others, and the world around you. Often, through the guidance and support your therapist, you begin to discover strengths that allow you to better handle and overcome the feelings of depression that have otherwise held you back, and instead, you can begin to move toward living the fulfilling life you deserve.
If you’re feeling depressed and think that therapy may be right for you, or just need someone to listen, consider reaching out via email or a phone call. The therapists at the Grow Wellness Group offer counseling for depression in Naperville, IL, Plainfield, IL and the surrounding western suburbs of Chicago.
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