Depression Counseling Philadelphia

Depression Counseling

Has Life Lost Meaning And You’re Looking For Answers?

Are you feeling hopeless and can’t shake your negative mindset? Has it become increasingly difficult for you to manage life’s challenges? Do you wish you could stop experiencing the pain you are in and find a new path forward? 

Your sadness may seem unbearable at times. Perhaps you cry uncontrollably and feelings of hopelessness have become overwhelming. You may avoid reaching out to others and, instead, keep yourself isolated from the rest of the world. Maybe your self-esteem is shattered and you feel broken inside.

Dissociation Could Be Making Your Symptoms Of Depression Worse

The depression you suffer from may rob you of any motivation or energy, which in turn, impacts you at work and within your relationships. It feels like the color has drained out of everything and you are no longer interested in the places or activities you once enjoyed. 

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One of your coping mechanisms might be to dissociate—disconnecting your painful thoughts and feelings from your conscious awareness. Although you recognize you are hurting, you don’t take action because you have separated yourself from your true feelings, which only makes you feel worse.

You may have lost hope that things will ever change for you. Because you’ve become stuck in a pattern of negative thinking, you can’t escape the feeling that your life has become meaningless and there’s nothing you can do about it. You don’t know how to change the outcome of your circumstances.

The good news is that symptoms of depression are treatable with therapy. Treatment for depression can help you step out of your negative headspace and find a renewed sense of hope and purpose.

Covid-19 Has Made Coping With Depression More Difficult 

Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) affects more than 16.1 million American adults—or about 6.7 percent of the U.S. population age 18 and older in a given year. Depression can be triggered by many different factors, such as loss, or when we no longer feel in control of our circumstances. Unfortunately, daily challenges created by the pandemic have only intensified our symptoms of depression. Since the onset of Covid, many of us have had to adjust to working from home. This life shift has eliminated the boundaries we once had between our work and personal lives. Because it feels like we can never escape from being on the clock, we may feel increasing pressure to perform, ultimately leading to burnout and a lack of motivation.  

 

We Often Won’t Admit When Something Is Wrong 

When we suffer from depression, it can feel like we are losing ourselves as well as what we love in life. Overcoming depression on our own is so difficult because when we are in the depths of despair, we lose hope. In some instances, we can’t picture going on with our lives and may experience suicidal thoughts. 

Admitting that we aren’t okay is scary for a lot of us. We might feel ashamed of not feeling good and don’t want to admit it to ourselves or others. Instead, we put pressure on ourselves to “get over it” quickly. But when we fail to feel better, we get discouraged and feel more hopeless than before.

Though you may be worried that you will feel this way forever, you can overcome depression. Therapy gives you an opportunity to peel back the layers of your sadness so that you can heal. In counseling for depression, we can help you get in touch with what your emotions are trying to tell you without fear or shame getting in the way.

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Treatment For Depression Can Restore The Hope You Have Lost

 

Dealing with depression on your own can be difficult when you feel weighed down by all of life’s challenges. However, at Modern Intervention Strategies, we believe feelings are channels of communication and that healing happens when you stop avoiding them to instead slow down and get comfortable with what they are trying to tell you.

Our therapists offer a space where it’s comfortable for you to share what’s on your mind. Your clinician will meet you where you are with compassion, empathy, and grace, walking alongside you as you find the strength to hope again.

What To Expect In Sessions

Our intake process ensures that you will be paired with the therapist best suited to provide you with healing support. Since we have refined our therapeutic process so that it lasts six months instead of an indefinite timeframe, it requires you to commit to weekly sessions for the first two months. Our treatment for depression plan focuses on transformation and we want you to see results right away. 

Therapy begins with an effort to connect with your mind and body so you can begin to shift your perspective. We will initially focus on noticing how your body feels—such as a fast heartbeat when you’re scared or anxious—so you begin to acknowledge how your emotions manifest physically. This psychoeducation will help you identify your emotions so that you can get comfortable with experiencing them rather than ignoring or avoiding them. 

Thereafter, we will explore how the way you experience life now is connected to your past and help you dig deeper into that. It’s possible that past events have affected your current self-esteem or thought patterns. And if you suffer from dissociation, it could stem from repressed emotions and memories that you have yet to process.

The Modalities We Use

Depending on your needs, we may utilize various modalities—such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) or solution-focused therapy—for treating depression. With ACT, you will learn how to apply the skills of acceptance and gain insight as to why accepting the things you cannot change is so important in helping you transform your life. 

With solution-focused therapy, we will determine if there was ever a previous time in your life when you felt better or optimistic about your future. We will identify what coping tools you implemented at that time that assisted you so that you can use them again.

Therapy can give a better perspective where you will feel empowered to look ahead even when you face challenges. We want you to believe in possibilities, learn to dream again, and feel empowered to take action in creating the life you desire.

But You May Wonder Whether Depression Treatment Is Right For You…

 

Will I ever succeed in overcoming my depression?

When depression takes hold, it can feel like you will never get better. However, with therapy, you can learn how to better manage your depression symptoms so you no longer feel hopeless and helpless. When you seek treatment for depression with Modern Intervention Strategies, we are committed to providing you with quality and results in a fixed timeframe. If you are invested in healing, we are confident that you can experience new opportunities and live the life you want for yourself. 

Will I also need to take antidepressants for treating depression in addition to therapy?

In therapy, the focus is on long-term healing by providing you with effective coping strategies and empowering you to work through the core issues that underlie symptoms of depression. While antidepressants can aid in balancing your mood, their use should be limited as you may eventually build up a tolerance to them over time and need to increase your dosage. If you’re curious about medication, we encourage you to speak with your doctor about how you are feeling to determine the best course of action for you. 

I’m starting to feel good again—can I stop coming to depression treatment?

Our program is based on a six-month treatment plan. To fully benefit from depression therapy, we advise that you complete the full course of treatment and attend weekly sessions for the first two months. This way we can teach you the skills necessary to succeed and thrive. Making therapy a priority is as important as going to the doctor for your physical health. By working the program and demonstrating a commitment to your healing, you can achieve lasting results. 

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Join The Experience

When you commit to depression therapy, a world of new possibilities awaits you. Now that you are ready to sign up, click on our contact form. You will receive an email confirmation about your next steps in the process for beginning your journey to wholeness.