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!

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Depression can bring a unique combination of feeling bad, and not being able to do the things that make you feel better. There's a "double-whammy" when you're down, and feel like you're "messing up" when you can't do the things that may make you feel better. Some people feel a combination of sadness and failure (at not being able to "think my way out of this.") Depression whispers in our ears "I'm never going away ... I'm with you forever ...." But depression is wrong - there are many ways to address depression, and I work with clients like you to discover the ways that work for you.

— Barton Shulman, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in San Francisco, CA

Similar to anxiety, I utilize multiple approaches to assist in alleviating depression symptoms. For example, I may apply Somatic (bodily focused) and/or Compassion-Focused, techniques to assist with reducing and/or eliminating depressive symptoms.

— Michael Johnson, Psychologist in Gilbert, AZ

Sometimes the burdens of life can feel too heavy to bear. I endeavor to help relieve the weight of depression by providing my clients with compassionate witness.

— Andrew Conner, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate in Portland, OR

But, there’s a way through to another side where life feels better. Therapy can help you see things differently, make changes in your circumstances, learn skills, and process the trauma and hurt that are a part of being alive. I know you’ve got this, but some help can make things feel less dark. Let’s awaken the powerful self within. You can learn to step out of your own way. You can wake up your intuition and listen to the inner guidance that’s offered to you every minute of every day.

— Olivia Clear, Counselor in Oakland, CA

Are you mired in hopelessness? Do you feel hollow, like there is no light at the end of the tunnel? Do you struggle just to get out of bed? Depression is a heavy burden to bear, a struggle you shouldn't have to face alone. Through counseling and treatment, you can recover the motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life. You can discover ways to regulate your emotions, learn skills to help you cope, and develop meaningful relationships. There is hope.

— Ajna Rae, Professional Counselor Associate in , OR

As a social worker I have worked with many people living with depression. I have taken trainings in CBT, motivational interviewing and managing symptoms of depression.

— Joseph Beinlich, Therapist in Philadelphia, PA

When we experience uncomfortable feelings such as anger, fear, or disappointment, the natural response is to shut those emotions down. But you can’t shut down emotions selectively, and in shutting down difficult feelings, you also shut down feelings that make life worth living. I’ll help you tolerate difficult emotions. You’ll gain healthy copings skills, allowing you to accept your feelings as they are, and you’ll learn to challenge the negative self-appraisal that accompanies depression.

— Stephanie Clark, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Tampa, FL

There is a lot of stigma around mental health and around depression in particular. I aim to validate one's experience and accept clients where they are at. I also attempt to challenge the negative thinking patterns that often come with various forms of depression.

— Rachel Moses, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

Depression is the pressing down of thoughts and emotions as a defense against what we believe would be dreadful alternatives. However, depression’s symptoms are real, not “all in your mind” and may have physical symptoms (ex. muscle tensions, headaches, and other body pains). Yet, what you fear may not turn out to be as horrible as you expect. By working through what causes depression, you can eliminate the need for it and be depression and symptom free, though medication may sometimes help.

— Carl H. Shubs, Ph.D., Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

I use Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to assist my clients in identifying unhelpful thoughts about themselves and the world that may be interfering with their ability to actively engage in a life that feels meaningful to them. I also use Motivational Interviewing (MI) techniques to assist in collaboratively building motivation towards meaningful change. I have received extensive training in CBT and MI in my years at the VA; I successfully completed a 6-month intensive training in MI in 2016.

— Jen Aakre, Clinical Psychologist in Minneapolis, MN

Depression can be minor, major, or a full spectrum of severities in between. Let's approach this together, so that you don't feel so alone.

— Erin Menser, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

Do you struggle to find the motivation to get out of bed in the mornings? Do you feel hopeless and alone? Depression doesn't have to be with you forever. Give me a call today to get started.

— Julie Holburn, Counselor in Boulder, CO

Depression is a state of misery, or at times just a bland state of being. We can work together to better navigate the state so you can move in the direction you'd like to be going.

— Patricia Holdahl, Psychotherapist in Edina, MN

I have worked on minimizing the symptoms of depression that affect different aspects of our life. Depression can manifest in different aspects in our physical body, self-perception, relationships, quality of life, and sometimes can have a profound effect. Through developing a plan and providing support we can work to understand thoughts and feelings that leave us feeling unable to live.

— Dania Uritskiy, Clinical Social Worker in Seattle, WA

Many of us seek the support of psychotherapy or counseling at some point in their lives. Some come for relief from debilitating anxiety or depression, while others come for assistance in creating and sustaining stable and nurturing bonds with others. Some come to understand reoccurring anger or conflicts with loved ones, or the lingering influences of childhood experiences hardships that still impact their lives. Others come crippled by fears of expressing themselves authentically or trusting others, desperate to liberate themselves from the constraints impeding their lives, but unsure if such freedom is even possible. Others seek the help of psychotherapy to develop new ways of responding to circumstances that have been habitually problematic, to develop more capacity for intimacy or to experience more joy, ease and contentment in their lives. Whatever reason you are seeking support, I'd like to help.

— Rawna Romero, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Alameda, CA

Many of us spend our lives chasing someone else's idea of what “happiness” looks like. Often we don't realize that we might need help to get to know our true selves and passions. Therapy is meant to be a haven for the heart, emotions, and the mind. My job is to help create a safe space for you to be open and authentic as you work towards healing. I will work with you to help you find your motivation, your passion, your spark. Together, we will make room for the goals of the future.

— Alexa von Oertzen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Coral Springs, FL