What to Expect in a Depression Counseling Session

Depression can be a debilitating condition that affects many areas of your life and negatively impacts how you view yourself and the world around you. Counseling provided by an experienced professional, like Jan Rakoff, can dramatically improve your quality of life. Yet, you may find yourself wondering what you can expect from a counseling session focused on treating depression.

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Treatment Methods for Depression

  • Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT): In order to learn how to better deal with daily issues as they arise, CBT teaches you techniques aimed at reframing your perception of an event as it occurs and how to alter your response to that event in order to achieve a different outcome. With CBT, you are taught how to examine why you are feeling what you are feeling at any given moment and how to stop yourself from following the downward spiral into the symptoms of your depression. This type of therapy has been repeatedly proven to lessen the symptoms of depression and, therefore, will likely be offered to you as a means of treating your depression.
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT): Depression occurs within an interpersonal context and affects relationships and the roles of people within those relationships. By addressing interpersonal issues, interpersonal therapy for depression puts emphasis on the way symptoms are related to a person’s relationships, including family and peers.
  • Psychodynamic therapy: Also known as insight-oriented therapy, focuses on unconscious processes as they are manifested in a person’s present behavior. Early childhood patterns are explored in order to determine if they are interfering with your current relationships. 
  • Medication: As depression has its basis in a chemical imbalance in the brain, you and Jan will decide if medication is something you’d like to explore further. When you lessen the severity of your symptoms, such as lack of energy and intense feelings of sadness and helplessness, it will be easier for you to regain control of your life and successfully participate in your treatment plan.

Finding an expert psychotherapist experienced in treating depression is your first step on the road to managing your depression. If you are in the San Diego area and are in need of a skillful and trained depression counselor, call me at 858-481-0425 or fill out the email form to schedule your appointment and let me lead you to a happier and healthier state of mind.

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