Depression is a mental health disorder that affects mood, including how you feel, think, and behave. Everyone feels sad sometimes, but when it starts to affect your ability to perform daily tasks and your ability to enjoy things that typically bring you happiness, you may be suffering from depression. The symptoms of depression vary from person to person, but often include feeling miserable without a clear reason why, anxiety, agitation, insomnia or sleeping too much, hopelessness, changes in eating, and/or foggy thinking. Depression may also cause recurrent thoughts of death or suicide (or even a wish that it would all 'stop' in an abstract sense). If you think you might be suffering from depression, a qualified mental health therapist can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s depression experts today!

Meet the specialists

I utilized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to address issues of Depression to help with things such as cognitive distortions, negative thinking patterns and negative self-talk. I also use Solution-Focused Therapy to address immediate issues going on in your life that may be making you depressed as an episode. I have a great deal of experience working with depression over the last 10 years of my career and CBT is the most commonly use treatment modality. I work with both children and adults.

— Julie Goch, Counselor in Canton, OH

Depression is a multifaceted issue that involves the mind/body connection. There are varying degrees depression is experienced by those suffering. I work with this in tailoring a unique treatment plan for every person. I take a relational holistic-person centered approach, and collaborate with clients to discover what resonates with them. I have learned varying ways to treat depression. It takes courage to ask for help, it isn't always easy, there is hope; I have witnessed successful outcomes.

— Bonnie Fleckenstein, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Austin, TX

Depression is often a suppression of lots of other emotions, so I often help people label those feelings, explore them and express them in various ways. Battling depression is often a balance of honoring ourselves and gently challenging ourselves when we are ready. This is also an area where I have a lot of personal experience.

— Leah Constantz, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Somerville, MA

The step-by-step approach we will take together: ​ In the beginning of our work together I will be assessing your overall functioning. We will likely discuss what life was like before your loss, and identify what areas of your life have been directly and indirectly impacted as a result. ​ The next step is to make a plan for treatment together. Grief and depression can often interfere with your ability to meet your basic needs (physiological and safety), which can have a negative ripple effect on your relationships with others, as well as on your self-confidence. We begin by creating a plan based on how severely your symptoms are impacting your daily life. We begin by addressing basic needs and building goals around meeting those needs. ​ We view CBT for grief and depression as having two overarching goals for symptom reduction and our work in therapy: Restore healthy functioning in thoughts, perceptions and beliefs Restore healthy functioning in ability and behavior ​ In trying to meet these goals, we may assign homework to attempt between sessions, and then act as an accountability resource for this homework. This homework will likely include using coping skills we have discussed in session together. We often provide you with a few options for homework assignments, and then empower you to choose the one that seems both doable and still somewhat challenging. In session together, we will discuss how the loss or depression has affected your thoughts and perceptions about yourself, the world and how can function in it. We will work to challenge thoughts and perceptions that may have been negatively skewed by your experience. Examples of these may be: ​ “The whole world is unsafe.” “Everyone is out to get me.” “I will never feel normal/like myself again.” “I’m not worthy of….” “I need this (unhealthy habit) to escape how I feel every day.” ​ As we go along, we will continue to acknowledge and celebrate your successes as well as re-evaluate what parts of treatment are helpful, and what parts of treatment need fine tuning to better meet your needs. Together we will get you back to living the life you deserve.

— Anna Lewis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA

In children, adolescents, and adults; I take a very holistic approach that emphasizes mind-body wellness.

— Robin Knoblach, Clinical Psychologist in Herndon, VA

I don't believe that there is something wrong with our brains, I believe that depression is a symptom that we are not getting what we need. Let's find out what that is and how to give it to yourself.

— Nami Nocifera, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Marina Del Rey, CA

The pernicious "draining" effect of depression cannot be understated. With support and encouragement, it is fully possible to get back to feeling like your life is progressing in alignment with your values, goals, and passions.

— John Millett, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Hinsdale, IL

Depression can show up in many ways- fatigue, lack of motivation, anger, sadness, not caring, etc. It affects us in all areas of our lives. The good news is that we can overcome depression and live a more fulfilling life. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, where we look at thoughts, feelings and behaviors and how they all influence one another, while also looking at the whole person through a family systems lens by exploring how one was raised and how this may have influenced them.

— Melissa Morais Parr, Counselor in Carlsbad, CA

Depression can be like tunnel vision-you see no way out, feel down and even helpless. You have lost interest in things that normally you enjoyed doingI and find you are isolating more and more. Friends and family try to understand and be helpful but the more you are pressured to do things you don’t feel up to, the worse you feel. Therapy can help you work through the emotional obstacles that have been keeping you stuck. Psychotherapy has been called “the talking cure” and it’s true that talking with a professional who will not only listen snd not judge, but will also help you gain insight and suggest coping strategies can be incredibly helpful.

— Marion Rollings, Psychologist in Hillsborough, NJ

I use a number of different modalities to treat anxiety, depression, and PTSD, including EMDR, self -compassion focused therapy, mindfulness, CBT and DBT skills training, breathwork, meditation and Reiki.

— Maggie Seaman, Clinical Social Worker in White Plains, NY

Depression is among the most treatable of mental disorders. Between 80 percent and 90 percent of people with depression eventually respond well to treatment. Almost all patients gain some relief from their symptoms. As counselors who provide Atlanta counseling for depression, we know it can be a confusing issue. Many people don’t understand that you can’t just ‘snap out of it’. There’s no magic solution. But, you should know that you are not alone.

— Kevin Condon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

We will examine the symptoms related to depression to determine the source and uncover the solution that works for you.

— Lawanna Brown, Counselor in Greensboro, NC

Will work with clients aged 10 and up that struggle with depression

— Michael Gacnik, Counselor in Groveport, OH

Depression is the persistent feeling of sadness, hopelessness and loss of interest in most activities. It affects how you feel, think and behave. Those with depression may feel that life isn't worth living. Angry outbursts can also be a sign of depression in some people. I have extensive experience helping clients with depression through care, understanding and support. Psychotherapy can help, and seeking treatment is the best first step.

— Whitney Showler, Marriage & Family Therapist in Culver City, CA

Many people have told me that depression makes them feel as if they are separated from others, from their "true" selves, or from their goals, by an invisible wall - everything seems just out of reach. I have worked with many people to help them break down the wall and heal from the symptoms of depression to recover those lost connections.

— Sarah Scheckter, Psychologist in Bryn Mawr, PA

It’s understandable to feel a sense of sadness at certain times in our lives —whether you’ve gone through a recent break up, got a bad review at work, or found out a family member passed away. Sometimes that sadness can turn into depression, and get in the way of your relationships, your work, and your ability to live a fulfilling and happy life. During therapy sessions, we will work, as a team, on a 5 step plan to help you find your peace and confidence again.

— Demenna Milord, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Palm Beach Gardens, FL

While you may feel isolated and depressed at this time, it is important to know that you are not alone—I will walk this journey with you. Depression counseling gives us the space to begin to peel back the layers of some of the issues that reinforce your depression at a pace that works for you. As our work together evolves, you will develop more self awareness, identify cognitive and behavioral changes you want to make, and then we will put those changes into action together.

— Brad Fittes, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Mason, OH

Depression is so misunderstood in our culture. The isolation of it is exasperated by the rampant misunderstanding about what it is and what it means. I get that you are doing the best you can and when you can do more you will. Come and sit with me and we will take this journey together. You don't have to be alone.

— Angela Albert, Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

and the accompanying lack of self esteem can be helped by talking to an empathic person

— katherine butler, Marriage & Family Therapist in Corte Madera, CA

Depression is often described to me like a heavy blanket has been laid over my clients lives. They struggle with painful emotions, but more often it's a feeling of emptiness, without energy or motivation. Unlike the antidepressant commercials with the rain clouds and sad cartoon characters, most of my clients continue functioning while feeling completely disconnected, rarely letting on to their suffering. I primarily rely on emotion-focused approaches in all of my therapy, but especially with depression. Together we begin exploring the emotional landscape underneath the emptiness and work on discovering how the emotional system is blocked so we can work on restoring it to healthy function.

— Darin Bergen, Psychologist in Portland, OR

I focus on psycho-eduation, developing coping skills and social supports.

— Amanda Ruiz, Counselor in East Petersburg, PA

Living with depression can be immobilizing. It prevents us from doing the things we want, enjoying life and impedes on our relationships. Feeling this way every day is exhausting and also very frightening. Perhaps it's difficult to get out of bed every day, go to work and perform regular daily tasks. Many wonder "what will happen to me?" or "what am I going to do now?" Your healing starts with a small first step and that includes reaching out to me for help and support. After that, we will begin talking about your thoughts, feelings and behaviors to get a clearer understanding about you. Depression really hurts but know that it is treatable and curable, and you can feel better. Let's start your healing today.

— Jan Nelson, Therapist in NEW YORK, NY