Depression Therapy in Colorado Springs
How do I feel better?
This isn’t you. Every day feels like you're walking through quicksand. It’s hard to get up, hard to move, hard to think, hard to have normal conversations. Life didn’t used to feel so difficult, but now even simple things sap your energy.
You can't keep living this way!
People are depending on you. You miss you. You know you have to get back to how you used to be, but it doesn't feel possible. You've tried everything you can think of.
Your determination shows incredible strength. But what you're dealing with is beyond what you've heard, what you've known, and what you feel capable to fix.
Seeking help takes strength too—and it’s strength you already have. You aren't giving up. You are not weak. You are doing what it takes to get your life back. Counseling will help you be the person you want to be again.
Through counseling, you will learn how to:
understand what is happening in your mind and your body
know what sets off your depression
know just what to do if you begin to feel depressed
stop feeling hopeless
feel like you're in control of yourself again
You will benefit most from counseling for depression if:
you want to no longer feel hopeless
you want to no longer feel ambivalent
you’re open to working on your thoughts
you’re open to working out and being mindful of your diet
you’re willing to practice the tools your therapist gives you on a daily basis
What's the value of depression counseling?
The thought of seeking therapy for your depression may be overwhelming and even scary. You may feel like you can handle things on your own, or that seeking help is a sign of weakness. But I want you to know that seeking therapy for your depression is actually a very brave and strong thing to do. It takes a lot of courage to admit that you need help and to take steps towards healing and improving your mental health.
Depression is a very common and serious mental health condition that can have a major impact on your daily life. It can cause feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness, as well as physical symptoms like fatigue and difficulty concentrating. Depression can make it difficult to enjoy the things you once loved, and it can even make it hard to get out of bed in the morning.
If you're struggling with depression, you're not alone. Many people struggle with depression at some point in their lives, and it's important to know that there is help available. One effective treatment for depression is therapy, which can help you learn coping skills and ways to manage your symptoms.
Therapy can be an incredibly valuable tool in your journey towards healing and recovery. It can help you:
Understand your thoughts and feelings: Therapy can help you explore the root causes of your depression and better understand your thoughts and feelings. This can help you identify patterns and triggers that contribute to your depression, and develop strategies to manage them.
Develop coping skills: Therapy can also help you learn coping skills that can be used to manage your depression on a daily basis. These may include relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation, or mindfulness practices like meditation.
Improve your relationships: Depression can strain your relationships and make it difficult to connect with others. Therapy can help you improve your communication skills and build healthier relationships with the people in your life.
Increase your self-esteem: Depression can take a toll on your self-esteem and make you feel unworthy or inadequate. Therapy can help you work on building a healthier self-image and increase your self-esteem.
Find meaning and purpose: Depression can make it difficult to find meaning and purpose in life. Therapy can help you explore your values and goals, and develop a sense of purpose that can help you feel more fulfilled and motivated.
It's important to note that therapy is not a quick fix. It takes time and effort to work through your feelings and develop new coping skills, but the benefits of therapy can be long-lasting. Many people find that therapy helps them feel more in control of their lives, and it can improve their overall quality of life.
I know that seeking therapy can be intimidating, but it's important to remember that you don't have to face your depression alone. A therapist is a trained professional who can provide a safe, supportive environment for you to explore your feelings and work through your challenges. They can offer you objective perspective and guidance, and help you develop strategies for managing your depression.
If you're hesitant about seeking therapy, it might help to know that therapy can take many different forms. Some people find that individual therapy, where you meet one-on-one with a therapist, works best for them. Others may prefer group therapy, where you can connect with others who are also struggling with depression. There are also many different types of therapy that can be helpful for depression, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), which focuses on changing negative thought patterns, or interpersonal therapy (IPT), which focuses on improving relationships.
It's important to find a therapist that you feel comfortable with and who understands your needs. If you're not sure where to start, you can contact us below for a free consultation.
The counseling process:
Colorado Springs depression therapy will help you identify the areas of life where you’re feeling low or emotionless. Your depression therapist will help you with strategies to cope and lead you through practices that heal your brain so that you can adapt and move out of your depression.
Each therapy session is 50 minutes long. For best results in treating depression, we recommend at least eight consecutive weeks of therapy. We have found that clients who do not commit to weekly sessions for eight weeks struggle to find satisfaction in meeting their goals and regaining control in their lives.
What to Expect
The first week is the intake session. The intake session is focused on helping demystify the counseling process. Your Colorado Springs therapist will go through your completed paperwork and make sure that you understand what you are consenting to in therapy. Your depression therapist will also gather more information about you, your social, biological, and psychological history; and anything else that may be impacting your situation. Your depression counselor will make sure that we clearly understand your goals for therapy and have a plan moving forward.
Week 2 and the following weeks:
Your Colorado Springs depression therapist will choose treatment strategies that best fit you and help you regain stability in your life. Each session will be focused on the therapist working with you to make sure you feel you are improving. This may require you to practice strategies during your week, between sessions.
Intermountain Counseling is committed to creating a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for you so you feel empowered and equipped to overcome the obstacles in your life.
Termination is the agreed-upon ending of the therapeutic relationship once goals are achieved and takes 1 to 3 sessions, depending on your needs. Therapy should be a springboard into life; your Colorado Springs depression therapist will work with you to determine that you feel your goals have been met and that you are satisfied with what you have worked on.