Depression

depressed

Are you feeling exhausted and drained most of the day?
Have you lost a sense of pleasure in your life and daily activities?
Do you feel “down” most of the time?
Are you having trouble sleeping?
Are you overcome with negative feelings about yourself most of the time?
Is it hard to think and concentrate like you used to?
Do you think that to die would be a way out of your misery?

IF YOU CAN ANSWER YES TO 3 OR MORE OF THESE QUESTIONS, you may be depressed! It is very important to seek help and evaluation from a professional who knows about depression. Your longevity and the quality of your life depend upon it!

I can help you learn to treat or eliminate depression. My 3 step approach includes:

  1. education
  2. treatment
  3. relapse prevention

I have acquired a wide perspective and many helpful tools. I will be looking for the best solutions for you! We can work
together to restore you to good health, to increase your self esteem and to keep you depression free for the rest of your life.
Working with me, you will:

  • become educated, with up to date information, about depression
  • create a plan to treat your depression
  • learn how to stay relapse free, which is the key to not letting depression control your life
  • learn to manage these states quickly, if they should return
  • gain mastery in managing stress and building a healthy lifestyle which will prevent re- occurrences

Depression can be life threatening. There is no reason to live with this debilitating disease, which erodes your selfesteem, as well as your mental and physical health. Depression has numerous sources, some are biochemical and some are the result of unprocessed emotional pain or grief. In addition depression, can often be accompanied by anxiety. Your condition is physical, as well as emotional and mental.

FAQ’s:

Can you help me without medicaton?

Very possibly. I have helped many people recover from these conditions without the use of medication. Anxiety and depression are conditions that we are learning more about each year, especially as we understand more about the brain. Anxiety or depression can be biochemical, but it can also be caused by a build up of undigested emotional pain. EMDR and Bioenergetic Analysis, as well as other cognitive interventions, are extremely helpful for those who suffer with depression or symptoms of anxiety. In over 30 years of practice, I have developed many helpful tools and insights, which I will pass on to you. I believe it is important to empower you with your own set of tools, to prevent any relapse of depression or anxiety.

When is medication needed?

Some depressions are so physically and biochemically entrenched that they may need a medication intervention. In this case, I work with a number psychiatrists, pre-screened for good diagnostic skills as well as good people skills. In many circles, I am known as a “holistic” practitioner. I believe that any true “holistic” practice includes allopathic (Western) medicine as one approach along with all of the wonderful other approaches available. If you are one who needs medication, do not see this as your personal failure; it is just the way your body works. Your body needs this extra chemical or hormonal support. Depression and anxiety are not benign diseases; they are progressive and have serious health consequences. So, do not let the fear of a medication/side effects prevent you from getting medical help with your depression or anxiety. In my opinion, taking an appropriate medication is much safer than living with the untreated state or disease. This does not mean that “you” will need medication. Together, you and I can evaluate your situation. I will make recommendations based on my experience, but YOU are always the person who makes the decisions.

Then, can’t I just take a pill?

No. Medication can only strengthen the base you are standing on, it cannot teach you how to lead a life free of anxiety or depression. If your depression or anxiety is helped by medication, a good therapist’s skills and tools are still invaluable. Current research shows that psychotherapy along with medication, rather than medication alone, is the most effective treatment for major depression and anxiety conditions.