Every so often your sad mood gets the best of you. It’s as if everything that’s positive about your life fades away and all you can think about is what’s not right.
You’re tired of going through periods of negativity, but you don’t know how to fight it off so your depression is gone for good.
You weren’t always this pessimistic. You used to be able to pick yourself up no matter how blue you were feeling and find something to enjoy about life.
Yet, somewhere along the way, you found yourself depressed. You noticed a lingering feeling of sadness that no matter what you tried never seemed to go away. Some days you could bury it under busyness, but on others there was no distracting you from how down you felt. Nothing you do seems to fully lift you out of your depression and it’s starting to feel like you’re never going to get better.
So you find yourself dreading that your life is always going to have a shadow hovering over it
A lot of the time you feel like you’re at the mercy of your mood. Like no matter how much you want to be happy or enjoy your life you just can’t. You feel broken hearted that your positive outlook has been replaced by depression.
It’s not that you believe life is all sunshine and rainbows. Everyone has their good days and their bad days and you’re no exception. But you never thought you’d lose sight of your sense of happiness. What you didn’t expect was how you could be so cynical and pessimistic about everything. And you certainly had no idea you’d lose all hope for your future.
So here you are
isolated from friends and family and sadder than ever before
Now you notice how bad it’s gotten…
You rolled over an opened your eyes a little surprised to see the sun was already up. Groggily you reached for your phone and you saw that it was 11:00 in the morning. You also saw that you’d missed calls from your mom, your best friend, and your partner. But instead of being motivated to call everyone back, you rolled back over and pulled the covers over your head. You knew you should probably respond to those who were reaching out to you, but you just couldn’t find it in you to try.
As you laid there you started to think:
“I feel so empty inside I don’t have anything to offer other people.”
“I have no idea how my life got so terrible.”
“I wish I could find just one thing to feel good about or look forward to.”
But in a moment of clarity you realized:
“This isn’t me talking it’s my depression.”
You never thought you’d be the type of person to suffer from depression, but now you see
You hardly get through the day without crying or feeling defeated about something. Every aspect of your life feels difficult. In fact, your depression is keeping you from accomplishing tasks or spending time with loved ones.
It’s painful to admit you can’t motivate yourself to take an active role in your life.
But the truth is, despair is really hard to deal with on your own. Depression is a common. You’re not the only one who feels hopeless about the future. Other people want to stay in bed all day. And other people feel like they don’t have anything to offer the world.
The key is figuring out how to cope when depression hits, so you can stop it from negatively impacting your life.
With Depression Counseling from Carol Rose Adkisson in Fontana, California
- You will recognize the signs you are starting to feel depressed so that you can intervene earlier
- You will develop healthy coping skills to handle your mood changes
- You will look to the future with hope and anticipation
- You will have the energy and motivation to spend time with friends and family
- You will cultivate an overall happy outlook on life
The Depression Therapy Process
We’ll meet together weekly for 45-50 minute sessions. Typically, Depression Counseling sessions continue for several months as therapy is an in-depth process.
To help individuals find more enjoyment in life, I use a combination of therapeutic approaches including Family Systems and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychological Assessment, and Emotional Processing. These approaches focus on challenging your negative thought processes. We might also work together to develop a mindfulness practice to improve your coping skills.
Here’s what to expect:
WEEK ONE: Intake
During this initial session, we define the therapeutic relationship and discuss the details of the therapy contract. I gather information about you and your depressive experiences and how they have impacted your behaviors. We also discuss the goals you have for your relationships with loved ones and how to overcome your depression.
WEEK TWO And Beyond: Depression Therapy
During the remaining sessions of Depression Counseling we will focus on identifying the triggers of your depressed mood and learning coping skills to help you improve your mood. We will take stock of which approaches are working for you and which aren’t, so you can have a solid plan moving forward. Together, we’ll have the option to dive deeper into your past to get to the root causes of your depression. We will also explore mindfulness as a way to mitigate your reactions and keep you interacting positively with your friends and family.
More About Me
Hi, I’m Carol, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I am invested in helping clients overcome the real reasons for their depression, so they can relax and stop focusing on the negative in their lives. It is my job to help my clients understand the patterns in their lives that have made them who they are and challenge the negative thoughts that keep them stuck in depressive cycles. I’m also The Transformational Coach which means my passion is helping clients climb out from under their habitual worry to find their authentic voice and live magnificent lives.
Who Benefits Most from Depression Counseling with Carol Rose Adkisson
Depression Counseling is best for those who are unable to recognize all the good in their lives because of their mood disorders. Gaining insight around the causes of their depression helps individuals cope with mood changes without relying on unhealthy actions so that they can relate better with those who are important in their lives.
You will benefit from Depression Therapy with me if:
- You are resulting to unhealthy behaviors as a means to try to control your depression
- You are isolating yourself from friends and family
- You have a hard time getting motivated for the day or even getting out of bed
- You no longer participate in events and activities you used to enjoy
- You are ready to break free from the behaviors that keep you from thriving in your life
There are certain situations where you might not be ready for Depression Therapy with me. These situations include, but are not limited to:
- Those who are looking for a quick fix to depression issues
- Those who are not ready to explore the many layers behind their mood changes
- Those who are unable to admit how damaging depression is to their life
What Does Depression Counseling with Carol Rose Adkisson Cost?
I do not currently work with insurance companies.
In the meantime, you and I can work together to explore payment options such as Flexible Spending Accounts, Health Service Accounts, and Out of Network insurance benefits.
Counseling with Carol Rose Adkisson is fee-for-service at the rate of $150 per hour. Or, if you prefer, we can create a package that will offer you four sessions for $500.00.
Your Next Steps
You absolutely can identify the reasons why you struggle to enjoy your life. It is possible recognize your triggers and develop a solid plan to tackle them that does not involve unhealthy behaviors.
True happiness may feel far off, but that does not mean you can’t start taking small steps toward improving your life and feeling better.
You’ll be able to live your life without sadness and hopelessness. You’ll be able to learn healthy coping skills to boost your mood. Ultimately, you’ll be able to once again have a positive outlook on life.
To schedule an appointment for hoarding counseling with Carol Rose Adkisson in Fontana, California at call 909-693-3177.
This video is about the grieving process. I want you to understand the steps we go through when we grieve. DABDA is the acronym to describe what we feel. Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Accept are the various stages that we experience. These stages are not necessary linear. We may go back and forth between these stages, we could get stuck on one. If you need help to get through the grieving process please call me at 909-693-3177.
Do you have anxiety and/or depression. Did it ever occur to you that your smartphone would be useful to help you with this problem? Here are 4 simple methods to use your smartphone with anxiety and/or depression. 1. Use a calm app, these are available at your app store. So many options, many of them free. The sound of different types of nature, meditation, muscle relaxation, you name it and all you have to do is double click on your app and you are ready to go.
2. Music. So calming and soothing. Really can relax you. I love to listen to the harmony of the Eagles. You might like to listen to rap, or country, or classic. It doesn’t matter what it is as long as it calms you down. Put in those earphones and relax.
3. Journal on the note section of your phone. Talking about your thoughts and feelings is so important. If your upset start typing, you would be amazed at how much it can help.
4. Create a note that lists at least 10 coping skills. There are so many to choose from. Remember when you are upset, it is difficult to think. Our brain’s are not functioning at optimum capacity. Exercising is a good to put there. Four deep breaths to get some oxygen to your brain is great. What about gardening. What works for you. Put it on this note and take it out of if you are upset.
If you need any help, please do not hesitate to contact me at 909/693-3177. www.caroladkisson.com therapist fontana.
Depression can look different than we imagine it. It can be sadness and crying. It can be many things. It can be laying in bed and not feeling like getting up. Not wanting to do the usual things than you used to like doing. It can look like numbness. Which feels like you aren’t feeling anything. Somebody in your life could be telling you that you have changed, and don’t seem to be like your old self. There is a lot of help out there. I can work with you in individual therapy to deal with your depression. I can teach you coping skills that will help you to manage your depression while you are healing. I would love that opportunity to help you.