What kind of counselling helps depression?

There is plenty of evidence that depression or a diagnosis of major depressive disorder can benefit from psychotherapy. Talk therapy is a type of trauma-informed therapy that focuses on relational, cognitive, emotional, and somatic change to a person’s lifestyle and way of thinking. The goals of depression counselling are to provide new skills and techniques to regulate your nervous system, to shift into a more connected, positive, and at-ease state of mind in order to identify information about depression. Depression counselling can be very empowering for people because it allows them to feel in control over their depression, and provides the ability to address the roots of it.

If you’ve been experiencing feelings of depression for a long time, seeking help from our counsellors in Vancouver can greatly improve your outlook on life and teach you new ways to manage your depression. No matter how severe your feelings of depression are, we are here to help guide you onto a brighter path. We understand that everybody handles feelings of depression differently. You can rest assured that the treatment plan and methods we teach you to cope with feelings of depression are personalized to you. We will work with you to ensure a safe and comfortable space inside our Vancouver counselling office where you can open up to our counsellors and enjoy your life to the fullest.

At Shoreline Counselling, your counsellor will work with you to create a treatment plan and style of counselling that works best for you. As you progress through your sessions, you will gain new skills to help handle your depression and reduce its symptoms so you can experience a quality of life that has not been available to you before.

How does Depression Counselling work?

Your counsellor will focus on counselling techniques that are going to help you understand emotions associated with depression and how to deal with them. Depending on your current situation, your counsellor may use one or several of the following methods of treatment:

Psychotherapy is a very broad term that employs both verbal and nonverbal communication with a client to help treat psychiatric problems, behavioral issues, personality disorders, and emotional distress. This form of counselling is based on an interpersonal relationship between the client and counsellor, instead of a chemical or physical form of therapy. The more you speak with your therapist, you will be able to learn more about your moods, behaviour, feelings, and thoughts. Understanding these things will help you control your emotions during difficult situations.

Attachment-based therapy specifically targets a person’s thoughts, feelings, communications, behaviors, and interpersonal exchanges that patients have learned either to suppress and avoid or to amplify and overemphasize because of their early attachment experiences in life. Attachment-based therapy uses interpersonal theories that suggest depression and suicide can be precipitated, exacerbated, or buffered against by the quality of interpersonal relationships in early childhood experiences. This type of therapy aims to rebuild an internal sense of security and support the building of other healthy relationships.

Somatic therapy views mind, body, spirit, and emotions as related and connected to each other. The stress of past emotional and traumatic events can affect the central nervous system and can cause changes in your body language, facial expressions, your posture and may eventually lead to physical pain. By developing awareness of the mind-body connection, somatic therapy helps you to release tension, anger, frustration, and other negative emotions that remain in your body from past negative experiences. The goal is to help free you from the stress that is preventing you from fully engaging in your life.

Mindfulness Therapy combines cognitive behaviour therapy with meditation techniques. It was originally used to treat depression, it has shown to be effective in the treatment of other conditions like addiction and other mental health problems. This type of therapy teaches patients how to disengage from negative thoughts and thought patterns and replace them with positive emotions.

Who Can Depression Counselling Benefit?

Those who receive the greatest benefit from depression counselling usually suffer from symptoms of depression for weeks or months at a time and/or are experiencing symptoms that impact their ability to effectively handle day-to-day tasks and activities.

When you’re feeling depressed it can feel like it is impossible to imagine that anyone can help you. We have seen and helped several people across Vancouver learn to cope with and recover from feelings of depression.

These are signs of depression you should look out for:

A loss of interest or enjoyment in activities you once found gratifying

Feelings of worthlessness

Difficulty making decisions – even simple ones like what to eat

Depressed mood, sadness, or an “empty” feeling

Insomnia or excessive sleeping

Difficulty thinking or concentrating

Restlessness or irritation

Feeling “heavy” or weighted down

Weight loss or significant weight gain unrelated to changes in diet

Excessive, unsubstantiated guilt

Fatigue or low energy

Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide

If you’ve experienced any of these signs of depression, know that you are not alone and that the counsellors at Shoreline Counselling in Vancouver understand how you feel. We can ensure you that you are not alone and our counsellors will work with you to find new ways to cope with and handle feelings of depression.

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