Therapy for Depression

Most people have felt sad or depressed at one time or another in their lives.

Feeling depressed can be a normal reaction to loss, life’s struggles, or injured self-esteem. It can be triggered by events that we believe should make us happy – like being newly married or having a new baby or for a teen, reaching senior year and being accepted to or going away to college. Our lives change overnight in ways that we could not have anticipated and it can feel overwhelming.

Sometimes when feelings of sadness last for days or possibly weeks it has moved beyond the ‘normal reaction’ state. I often hear clients say, “I am just not happy and I don’t know why”. The result of the feelings can be a lack of motivation, a loss of interest in things that one normally enjoyed, a feeling of melancholy and/or social isolation.

The good news is that Depression is One of the most treatable of all mental maladies.

Past functioning predicts future functioning – meaning if someone was happy and well balanced before a depression, they will be able to get there again. That being said, psychological or mental health help enables people to return to their previous emotional state and become engaged and happy once again.

My Process

I treat depression through a variety of therapeutic techniques. I generally begin with cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which helps individuals identify and challenge negative thought patterns and behaviors that contribute to their depression. I work with people to reframe their thinking and develop healthier coping strategies. Additionally, interpersonal therapy (IPT) focuses on improving relationships and communication to alleviate depressive symptoms. For some people, psychodynamic therapy is very effective to help delve into unconscious conflicts and past experiences that may be influencing their depression. I also incorporate mindfulness and relaxation techniques to reduce stress and enhance emotional regulation. Sometimes medication can be an effective addition to therapy and I am always happy to collaborate with a psychiatrist or other physician. My treatment plans are highly individualized which allows me to address the unique needs and circumstances of each patient, with the ultimate goal of alleviating all depressive symptoms and promoting emotional well-being.

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Dr. Sara Denman, Lic #Psy 19808