Depression

At different points in life, many people can experience a downturn in their mood, such as sadness, grief, or disappointment. However, when these feelings of depression persist, it can interfere with your ability to function. Depression may become so severe that keeping up with normal activities becomes unmanageable. Depression can lead to isolating from loved ones, feeling sadness for most of the day, losing interest in activities that use to bring pleasure, experiencing significant agitation or grief, feeling guilty, and possibly even feeling suicidal.
Depression is one of the most common forms of emotional distress. There are different types of depression, including major depression, bipolar disorder, and dysthymia. Each of these varies in severity and symptoms. Depression develops from a complex interaction between an individual’s mind, body, and life situation. Genetic makeup and health can precipitate the development of depressive symptoms, and in some families, depression can occur from generation to generation. One’s childhood experiences and social environment may influence the development of depression. For instance, the loss of loved ones and conflict with others can be especially difficult. Understanding and identifying the actual causes of depression are important aspects of therapy.

Depression symptoms:

  • Depressed mood
  • Loss of interest in activities or relationships
  • Appetite changes and/or weight changes
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or guilt
  • Decreased ability to concentrate
  • Thoughts of death or suicide
  • Frequent variation in mood
  • Irritability, frustration, and anger
  • Low self-esteem
  • Feelings of grief and loss
  • Persistent physical symptoms, such as headache, digestive issues, and chronic
  • pain that are not due to a medical condition
  • Substance abuse

Depression Treatment

Engaging in counseling with a therapist has been shown to be an effective therapy for depression. Dr. Mazzei, a depression specialist and Health Psychologist, takes a comprehensive and holistic approach to depression treatment. The goal of therapy is to help individuals identify the causes of their depression, to develop the necessary skills to cope with depression and to foster positive life changes.

Receiving therapy from someone trained to help facilitate appropriate changes in thinking, emotions, behavior, lifestyle, and relationships can alleviate depression. Cheryl integrates different treatment approaches, depending on your particular needs.

Depression therapy includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy (EXA) and hypnosis. Cheryl also incorporates lifestyle guidance, so you not only overcome your depression but make changes towards leading a healthy and fulfilling life. Working together with Cheryl, you will develop personalized strategies for coping with your emotional challenges and find the solutions you need for a better life.

How do I get started?

At Cheryl’s counselling practice in Vernon, or with online counseling, you can receive anxiety treatment to finally end your suffering. The best place to start is by speaking to Cheryl to discuss anxiety treatment options, answer any questions about the process, and schedule a confidential appointment. Follow these simple steps:

Text today at 250-307-0679 or e-mail me for a free consultation
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Begin your journey towards a fulfilling and healthier life
Cheryl offers both in-person and teletherapy for online anxiety treatment for residents of Alberta and BC. Her private practice is located at 2901 32nd Street, Unit 205, Vernon BC.