Depression Counseling St Paul MN
Have you lost your sense of drive and meaning for life?
- Do you feel sad, down, or blue more often than not?
- Have you lost pleasure in activities that you used to enjoy?
- Do you feel more irritable than normal, “snapping” at people for no good reason?
- Do you lack energy or motivation?
The way out…a Multimodal Approach to Treating Depression
Having worked extensively with clients suffering from depression, I am aware of how difficult it can be to find the way out.
I have found that the more complete the approach the better the results and the good news is that there are many changes that can make an immediate difference in your mood. There is hope! Essentially, my work addresses change at three levels.
Depressed mood brings with it withdrawal from activities of meaning and pleasure.
You don’t feel motivated and you anticipate a lack of reward from what was previously found rewarding. At times, seemingly small actions require a great deal of effort, such as getting out of bed in the morning.
There are ways to disrupt this pattern and to engage more in life and this is where I typically start with someone struggling with depression.
Other behavior related strategies, which are more adjunctive to therapy are lifestyle practices such as exercise, improved sleep, and nutrition that I encourage clients to consider.
The research is convincing as to how these practices can help relieve depression. Again, the more complete the approach the better the results.
One thinking pattern or style that is common with depression is rumination and has even become the focus of depression treatment models , such as Rumination-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, which has shown promising results.
Rumination involves perseverating over the past, particularly losses and failures. You might identify with this tendency, which is normal human behavior, but more pronounced during an episode of depressed mood.
I help clients find ways to stop rumination from damaging their lives.
Another problematic thinking pattern is referred to as “fusion” which means we lack distance between ourselves and our thoughts.
Instead of seeing the thought “I am worthless” as a thought, you might crawl up inside of it and become the story. Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) has done a lot to help clients change their relationship to their thoughts.
I have yet to work with a client who doesn’t struggle with knowing how to effectively work with emotions.
There is a growing body of research pointing to the fact that emotional disorders (depression, anxiety, anger) have a common issue with emotion avoidance.
I help clients to understand the purpose and role of emotions in addition to knowing how to deal with them more effectively.
Please don’t put your life on hold any further. Call or email today to get the change process started.
I’d Love to Speak With You
Let’s chat… I’d love to hear from you! Give me a call: 651-587-1807.
Alternatively, you can send me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org.