Has Life Lost Its Luster?
Are you struggling with the weight of grief or existential despair? Does a feeling of worthlessness or lack of motivation keep you from engaging with the people and activities that once brought you joy? Have you come to a crossroads in your life as you re-examine your accomplishments, priorities, or goals?
You may be grappling with a loss of energy or drive. It’s possible that you’re often physically and emotionally drained or that you rarely feel inspired to partake in the activities and relationships that at one time instilled your life with meaning. Perhaps everything around you—including yourself—seems tarnished by a sense of inadequacy, making life feel increasingly difficult and unmanageable.
Something may have happened to trigger such symptoms of depression. You may be struggling with changes in your closest and most intimate connections; perhaps you feel trapped in an unfulfilling partnership or stifled by a role you feel you have to play. Or maybe something has been lost—such as a loved one, partnership, dream, or job—and you’re moving through the painful process of grief.
If you’re in the midst of depression, it’s easy to feel lost and out of touch with your emotions. Perhaps you feel numb or easily agitated, with sensations of profound sadness lingering just below the surface.
Yet you’re not alone in your experience, no matter how isolating things may seem. The clinicians at Brown Therapy Center are here to guide you through depression treatment so that you can reconnect to your emotions, relationships, and goals as you begin to feel more energized to take the next steps forward.
Depression Is A Response To Division And Disconnect
Though they present uncomfortable symptoms and setbacks in our daily lives, depression and anxiety are essential elements of being human. Whereas anxiety keeps us alert and drives us forward, depression slows us down and gives us a chance to adjust to new circumstances. And that’s precisely why these uncomfortable elements are so common during times of grief, uncertainty, and life transition.
Yet when they begin to consistently and negatively impact us on a psychic level, these mental health challenges often require outside help.
Unfortunately, there are many cultural and collective factors at play that both exacerbate depression and also prevent us from seeking help. What we experience on an individual level is often a reflection of the divisive and oppressive systems that govern our society. Current issues of political unrest and global crisis, for example, may cause us to feel small and hopeless. And for those of us who experience racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, or any other form of bigotry, we may begin to internalize the feelings of worthlessness and self-deprecation perpetuated by the culture at large.
There is also a sense of rugged individualism in our culture, forcing us to live under the pressures of a “bootstrap” mentality that requires us to figure out our problems on our own. Such a mentality nevertheless runs contrary to our nature as feeling and collectively minded humans who share common needs and aspirations.
Conversely, our team at Brown Therapy Center treats depression with a sense of connection that can enhance your experience of the world. In therapy, you will get an opportunity to explore and reimagine your relationships, motivations, and goals as you learn how to manage symptoms of depression.
Because there is likely an injured relationship at the core of your emotional pain, our clinicians believe that the therapeutic relationship itself is what will help heal your wounds. Therapy allows you to be in a safe space with a nonjudgmental and empathic “other” who—by either contrast or reflection—will ultimately allow you to better see and understand yourself. With this clarity, you will be given an opportunity to gain meaningful insight into the source of your depression.
Starting with a brief consultation during which you can determine if our team is a good match, your therapist will then begin collaborating with you on a depression treatment plan. The first few sessions of therapy will be devoted to this intake process—getting a sense of your history, presenting symptoms of depression, and goals for counseling. And from there, we can evaluate which analytic, behavioral, and somatic models will be most effective for your healing.
Ongoing therapy sessions will aim to strengthen the therapeutic relationship, providing you an opportunity to build a sense of trust and self-assurance that you can open up about painful experiences. As your therapist begins to understand better the main elements of your current and historical struggles, they can customize treatment goals accordingly. And as you learn more about problematic or harmful thinking, you can get a better picture of what is holding you back.
Though our practice is primarily depth psychotherapy based in the analytic, imaginal, and relational traditions–approaches meant to engage the unconscious parts of ourselves–we are nevertheless an integrative and unifying practice. Depending on the needs of our clients, we are likely to incorporate elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to target behaviors, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) to target trauma, and contemporary psychoanalysis into sessions. We believe that therapy has to be tailored to meet the needs of each individual so that surface symptoms are not only addressed but also in service of uncovering the deeper cause for distress or dysfunction.
Therapy is a chance to dive into the depths of your identity, unconscious, and imagination to help you better understand and manage your emotions. By learning to sit with and accompany all the parts of yourself in treatment—including the painful parts expressed in depression—you can ultimately improve your relationship with yourself and others. And in swimming the depths of your internal waters, you can begin to feel more lively and unburdened by depression.
Maybe it’s time to seek treatment for depression, but you have some concerns…
I am worried about the cost of depression treatment.
If you’re concerned about the cost of therapy, we encourage you to view this investment as an investment in yourself. We believe that the wisdom gained by the therapeutic process is both invaluable and worthwhile. Therapy gives you an opportunity to develop a stronger sense of self and self-understanding so that your dreams can be actualized and depression doesn’t hold you back any longer.
If cost is still a concern, please note that we are happy to provide you with a monthly invoice as an out-of-network provider, should your insurance company offer reimbursements.
How long does treatment for depression take?
Many unique factors contribute to the length of time spent in therapy—ranging from past experience in counseling, presenting symptoms of depression, and the root cause(s) of distress. Some of our clients find that weekly sessions spanning over several months are sufficient, while others stay in treatment over the course of a few years. Your therapist will work with you to ensure that you feel a sense of possibility, regardless of how much time you require in therapy.
I am concerned about my privacy.
Anything discussed in therapy will be held in complete confidence, and any release of information would need to be explicitly permitted by you. This applies to releasing information to family members and employers—we would never share your personal, private information without written authorization from you.
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