Depression Therapy: Asheville, NC
People experiencing depression often don’t recognize the symptoms. Many people believe that depression is a condition of persistent sadness or tearfulness. While this is true for some, many people experiencing depression never feel sad.
My clients often report feeling numb, uninterested, or irritable. They tell me that they feel tired all of the time, and aren’t motivated to do things that they once enjoyed.
If you have been feeling down or numb for a while, you may be experiencing depression.
Common Symptoms of Depression
General feeling of “blah” or disinterest
Feeling that you will never get better (hopelessness)
Upset Stomach or other Gastrointestinal Distress
Sadness or crying “for no reason”
Changes in weight
Feeling irritable or on edge
Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
Muscle Tension and general aches and pains
Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep.
Sleeping all of the time
Feeling restless or slowed down
How Can Therapy Help?
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is short term, evidence based intervention that has been clinically proven to help reduce symptoms of depression (a very fancy way of saying that it’s proven to help people feel better fast).
CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts and behaviors impact our feelings. During therapy, we will
Identify Thoughts and Behaviors
I’ll teach you how to identify thoughts and behaviors that might be contributing to your depression. We’ll also work to uncover things that you once enjoyed
Modify Thoughts and Behaviors
We’ll work together to alter thoughts and behaviors contributing to depression. During our work together, I’ll support you in re-starting hobbies, connecting with friends or doing other things that you once enjoyed. I’ll help you to start to think differently about yourself and the world around you.
During our work together, I’ll help you reduce your symptoms and maintain these gains in the long term. To do this, we will evaluate your progress at several points during therapy. As we learn more about what’s working for you, I will provide you with tools and resources that you can continue to use long after therapy is complete.
After treatment is complete, you will feel more energized and engaged in your life, and you will have the tools to maintain these gains overtime.