Depression Therapy

Do You Feel Like You’re Just Not Yourself Lately?

  • Are you struggling with a loss of interest in the pleasures of life?
  • Do you find yourself withdrawing from loved ones and isolating more than usual?
  • No matter how hard you try, is it impossible to shut off your negative mind?

Maybe you’ve been feeling exhausted and lethargic and you have no motivation. You just want to curl up and sleep the day away. Perhaps you’re sadder and more tearful than usual and every little thing gets under your skin. You might feel irritable around others and find yourself distancing from close friends and family members you love most. These uncharacteristic behaviors may lead you to ask yourself: Do I have depression? 

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Depression Is So Much More Than Feeling Sad

The word depression is thrown around carelessly in our culture and is often used out of context, leaving many people to conclude that sadness and depression are one and the same. Yes, sadness is one of the hallmarks of depression, but it’s not the only symptom. Depression is complex in that it’s multifaceted and may include various levels of fatigue, loss of energy, low self-esteem, constant agitation, and diminished ability to focus. Even insomnia or hypersomnia and significant weight loss or gain can be signs of depression.

Struggling with one or two of these symptoms does not necessarily mean you’re depressed. But if you find that your low mood is interfering with your daily life, it’s important to consider finding the right kind of support. Here at Growth Thru Change, our therapists use an insight-oriented approach to help you get to the bottom of your depression and understand how it’s holding you back from your true potential, enabling you to live a life that aligns with your vision for the future. 

You Are Not Alone—Millions Of People Suffer From Depression

 

We can all relate to a depressed mood. It’s a universal human experience that often occurs in the wake of trauma, loss, illness, and other painful circumstances. Yet for many people, depression persists even when the painful experiences may be over and daily life improves. This is a key sign that what you’re experiencing is clinical depression.

Roughly 15 percent of American adults struggle with depression, yet only about 39 percent actually seek treatment.* As a result, millions of people wrestle with depression in silence. And in many cases, not getting help makes depression harder to work through. After all, depression is complicated—it may be tied to traumatic experiences, genetics, brain chemistry (lower levels of neurotransmitters), and other factors that are tough to discern without the help of a therapist. 

Trying To Overcome Depression Is Like Trying To Run Through Quicksand

 

Depression has a way of keeping you stuck in a cyclical pattern where nothing changes. This is the trap of depression—the “Groundhog Day” cycle that makes everything feel like it’s eternally on repeat. Breaking this cycle feels impossible because depression is self-sabotaging. Feeling depressed just triggers more depression, robbing you of the energy and motivation that you need to overcome it. It feels as if you are trying to run through quicksand, constantly slowing down when you want to speed up.

Sometimes, all this effort to defeat depression only creates more frustration. To truly find healing and relief, sometimes you need to dig down beneath the surface and try to understand depression rather than fight through it.

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Therapy Can Help You Heal From Depression And Live A Life That Aligns With Your True Self 

 

We live in a culture that’s obsessed with quick fixes. But to successfully address depression, you must evaluate the entire person: genetic, social, cultural, environmental, and psychological. That’s what our practice seeks to do. We treat depression with a psychodynamic approach, taking an in-depth look at the big picture surrounding your struggles. 

This level of emotional depth can only be reached through a safe therapeutic container. The intention of our work is to untangle a “typical life story” so that it can be understood in all its complexities. Insight into your own story is a powerful tool for shifting your path. It can help you understand the “why” behind your depression, allowing you to deepen your self-knowledge and live a life that’s more in tune with your true self. 

What To Expect In Depression Counseling Sessions

 

At Growth Thru Change, the therapeutic work centers around uncovering your past so that we can begin to identify the root causes of your depression. Perhaps there is self-blame or guilt that arose from early life experiences, or you were raised by neglectful or overly critical caregivers. There may be unconscious connections between your early relationships and the patterns you find yourself falling into today. These are just small examples of how experiences, environments, and relationships may have left a mark on how you view yourself and the lens through which you view your world. 

This level of insight can wake you up from depression. It can help you create more mindful ways of living so that you’re no longer sleepwalking through life. Instead of acting impulsively and making choices that reinforce depression, you can reorient and make choices that align with the person you want to become, what we refer to at Growth Thru Change as your True Self. 

Depression keeps you in a repetitive cycle of hopelessness and helplessness that creates a default mode of wanting to do less because you are exhausted. But when you have a therapist who can challenge you, empower you, and help you reframe your perspective, an organic progression follows that allows you to see your default mode clearly and create new, healthy patterns in your life. Understanding the depths of your true self may have its challenges, but the outcome is a life worth fighting for.

You May Have Some Questions About Depression Therapy…

How do I know therapy will help with my depression?

 

You can’t know for sure, but if you are reading this page, it’s probably safe to say that what you’re currently doing isn’t giving you the relief you’re longing for. With psychotherapy, you can understand the depth of your depression in all its complexities. The insight you gain can help you break the repetitive cycle of depression, finally stop the loop you find yourself in, and offer you a pathway toward real change. 

How will I make the time for therapy?


It’s not about making time—it’s about taking time. Healing from depression doesn’t just arise from excellent planning or decluttering your schedule (although those things can certainly help). True healing arises from a willingness to trust yourself and listen to the small part of you clamoring for change. We encourage you to listen to that part screaming out to be heard and take this time to focus on getting in touch with your true self by healing your underlying emotional wounds.

Shouldn’t I be able to work through depression on my own?

 

Depression is a lonely place. Sometimes you just need someone else to help you carry the burden it’s placed on your life. After all, we are social creatures—healing doesn’t happen in isolation. All of us can benefit from the encouragement, validation, and insight that therapy provides.

Meet Our Depression Team

Eriach Fox

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR, LPC, MHS, LCADC
Rates

$160

Megan Lederman

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR, LPC
Rates

$170

Sophia Polin

LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR (LPC)
Rates

$160

Sarah Lobb

Licensed Social Worker (LSW/MSW)
Rates

$175

Sarah Marcus

Licensed Social Worker (LCSW)
Rates

$160

Gwenn Prinbeck, LPC

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSW, PCC
Rates

$140

Dr. Colleen Fleming

Clinical Psychologist, Psy. D.
Rates

$160

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Let Us Help You Wake Up From Depression And Live More Mindfully

 

The great poet E.E. Cummings said, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” Seeking therapy may not seem appealing or easy, since depression weighs heavily on us and creates a sense of impossibility, but the only way to the other side is through. We are here to hold your hand and lead you through the dark path into the light. To learn more about how we can help you, you can call 215-377-3993.