Depression Treatment in St. Catharines
Counselling Services for Depression in St. Catharines
It feels like nothing can make you happy and the things that once brought you joy are too pointless to even engage in.
Making decisions, reading, and even watching television are too difficult because you can’t concentrate on anything.
You wish you could spend most of your day, and night, sleeping.
But even a ten, twelve, or foutneen hour sleep leaves you drained upon awakening.
Or you lie awake and are unable to sleep at all, feeling a general sense of wrongness.
You’re sick of people asking what caused your depression. Your depression isn’t a straightforward response to a bad situation.
Depression just is.
You feel lonely even with your closest friends and family. You feel hopeless even though there may be a lot of good things going on around you.
You know there’s a bunch of things that will make you feel better, like exercise, but you just can’t motivate yourself do to them.
Sometimes it gets so bad that you feel it in your body. Constant migraines, headaches, and pains are becoming familiar to you.
I can help.
Niagara Counselling Services for Depression
Depression isn’t just the result of negative thinking, it’s also a reaction to a feeling.
We often learn how to cope with our feelings from early childhood experiences and it’s during childhood that we figure out how we can make ourselves feel better when we feel uncomfortable or bad.
But we don’t always learn this. Or we don’t always learn the best ways of doing this.
The adults in our lives while growing up aren’t perfect. It’s a guarantee that every parent will fail their children in some way, just as their parents failed them. It’s part of what makes being a parent so scary!
It’s ok, we’re human. Life isn’t easy. In fact, it’s incredibly difficult at times.
We are born with an instinct to survive and a guarantee that we won’t. And we have to watch that play out all around us.
And on top of all of this, we sometimes we feel bad because we feel bad!
You’ve seen them. The ultra postive therapy quotes on social media:
“The power of positive thinking.”
“Be greatful for what you have.”
“It can always be worse.”
They’re well intentioned but deny a certain aspect of the human experience. We experience emotions. We experience incredibly difficult emotions.
We experience sadness, heartache, and we grieve losses.
It’s ok to feel these things. But, sometimes, how we cope with these feelings isn’t working so well. And it’s impacting our ability to live life fully.
The good news is that what can be learned can be unlearned. The work I do with clients struggling with depression requires changing thought patterns and changing reaction patterns to emotions.
It does require work and consistency over a period of time. But the effort is worth it and psychotherapy can help with this.
Together, we can discover and learn new ways of coping, new ways of thinking, and new ways of reacting.
Life will continue to throw ambigious challenges at you, that’s a guarantee, but you can respond and cope in new and more helpful ways.
By engaging in therapy for depression, you can start to find joy in activities again, you can reengage in relationships with others, and you can feel confident about coping with life.