Are You Weighed Down With Emptiness and Longing?
- Have you worked hard to make your life a meaningful life, but still feel a lack of fulfillment?
- Do you struggle with a low mood and persistent sadness?
- Do you find that you are not interested in or enthusiastic about things that once brought you joy?
- Have you experienced increased lethargy or a sensation of heaviness in your body?
- Do wish you could find a way through the disillusionment and rediscover peace in your life?
Depression can make everyday feel dismal, empty, lonely and hard. It can make even lifting yourself out of bed in the morning a struggle and a burden. Even if you manage to move through your day and satisfy the obligations of life, by the end of the day you may feel exhausted and dragged down by the effort required by a life that feels void of meaning.
Depression can hit anybody, at any time of life. You may have achieved “success” that your friends and acquaintances envy; and yet, depression plagues you with existential doubts. And, depression can manifest in ways that you don’t expect. Your experience of emotions and sensations can become suddenly intense, making it feel like your choices are to lose control or completely shut down. Depression can also be mild, but persistent and destructive. Maybe you’ve recently experienced a significant, challenging life event – such as a divorce, a move, a career change or a traumatic loss – that has led you to wonder about the point of it all. Regardless of the source of your depression, it can leave you feeling unfulfilled, isolated, and ready for a change.
Depression Affects the Lives of Many Adults
You are not alone in your struggle with depression. But, you may feel that way. In today’s society of long commutes, never-ending to-do lists, and tending our friendships through the Internet, we can experience far less connection with people. And, we tend to find less and less time and fewer opportunities to explore our own inner life. Even when we’re with close family and friends, many of us will hesitate to talk about what we are going through, out of a fear of judgment or ostracization. It’s common for people struggling with depression to feel as though no one shares their feelings of emptiness or dread; in reality, these sensations and painful experiences are common, and people just lack the language and feeling of safety to talk about them.
Depression can leave you at times in a fog, almost disassociated from your daily life. The numbness can come as a relief after the sadness, sensitivity, and existential doubt — but it comes at too great a cost. You do not need to live your life cut off from satisfaction and peace. No matter what shape your depression takes, depression treatment can help, and you can find relief.
Depression Treatment Can Offer Relief and Empower You to Find Contentment
I have been helping individuals work through their depression for nearly 20 years. I understand how frustrating and discouraging it can be to feel as though you can’t enjoy your life, no matter how hard you try. In depression treatment, I can help you re-frame your approach to your emotions. Depression affects many highly intelligent, highly sensitive people. Rather than regarding your feelings of confusion or longing as something that is wrong – which can be incredibly destructive to your sense of self-worth – I can help you re-frame your negative thoughts and focus on all of the things that are right and unique in your life.
During depression treatment sessions, I use an approach that combines talking and mindfulness. Based in the concepts of compassion and nonviolence, the Hakomi method is centered on the body. Along with a focus of mindfulness, this highly-effective therapy can help you develop a greater awareness of your experiences, while you develop tools to break out of the old patterns that are no longer useful to you. In sessions, I will tailor our therapy approach to work with your specific needs – even as they change and evolve from day to day.
I can guide you through different approaches so that you feel comfortable in and benefit from the therapy experience. We will do the mindfulness work, but I can also help you develop tips, tricks, and problem-solving techniques that you can use every day. And, whether you are currently using antidepressant medication, want to use medication, or want to stop using medication, I can help you make the most of your decision.
With time and the willingness to engage in depression treatment, you can begin to lighten your experience of existential depression and come to feel more energetic and at ease in your life. You can develop healthy methods of releasing deeply held emotions. By changing patterns of self-criticism, self-doubt, and self-judgment, you can become better equipped to view your experience of the world in a positive light. The willingness to acknowledge and address your depression is a huge first step toward overcoming it. In addition, I have advanced certification in Accelerated Resolution Therapy (A.R.T.). This approach is evidence based and can bring deep and lasting change in a very short time.
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