Depression Counseling

Depression CounselingThe CDC found that 4.7% of adults ages 18 and older reported regular feelings of depression. Depression counseling helps provide coping skills for those experiencing depression, as well as providing a safe space to work through all of the emotions clients may be experiencing and connect them with resources to support their healing process.

What is Depression?

Depression can cause people to feel sad, hopeless, and unmotivated for extended periods of time. It can also interfere with daily activities and cause physical problems such as headaches and fatigue.

Recognizing Depression

There are many signs and symptoms of depression, but below are a few of the most common:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Having little interest in activities you used to enjoy
  • Significant weight gain or loss
  • Difficulty sleeping or oversleeping
  • Feeling restless or irritable
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness, guilt, or helplessness

What is Depression Counseling?

Depression Counseling is a form of therapy used to help people who are experiencing depression. Counselors work with clients to identify the cause(s) of depression and develop a plan to address it. This can include things like talk therapy, medication, or lifestyle changes. Counseling for depression can be very helpful in restoring your mental health and helping clients experience a more fulfilled life.

Should I Consider Counseling?

All individuals experiencing depression can benefit from the support of a counselor, no matter how significant their symptoms may feel at the moment. A few groups who may especially benefit from counseling are:

  • Those with a family history of depression
  • Those who have recently been diagnosed with cancer or another severe illness
  • Those experiencing grief
  • New mothers experiencing postpartum depression.
  • Young people with feelings of hopelessness and worthlessness
  • Trauma survivors

What To Expect from Depression Counseling

There are many therapeutic methods a counselor might use to support clients experiencing depression. Generally after working with a counselor, clients will be able to:

  • Better understand their depression and what contributes to it
  • Utilize healthy coping mechanisms
  • Set boundaries and manage expectations
  • Communicate more clearly and effectively
  • Have a stronger sense of self-identity and self-worth
  • Problem-solve effectively
  • Reduce feelings of isolation and loneliness

Get Started

Depression counseling can be an essential step towards healing for people experiencing depression. If you or a loved one are ready to begin counseling, contact our office at (256) 239-5662 to learn more about our offices throughout Alabama.

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