Depression typically presents as a combination of symptoms that can include low mood, loss of interest or pleasure, feelings of guilt or low self-worth, disturbed sleep or appetite, low energy, and poor concentration. If left untreated, these problems can become chronic, more severe, or recurrent which may lead to significant impairments in our ability to take care of our responsibilities. Depression is the number one cause of disability, and occurs in persons of all genders, ages, and backgrounds.
What is Depression Counselling & Psychotherapy?
Counselling and Psychotherapy can enable you in achieving lasting, positive changes in coping with depression. During your initial session, we customize a Psychotherapy and Counselling treatment plan that’s best-fitting for you. Our depression counselors and therapists at Mind + Zest will help you identify the root causes of your depression, which may include workplace issues, family relationships, and social environments. Our depression therapists will also collaborate with you to develop treatment plans empowering you to regain control. They will work with you and develop tools and resources to change your way of thinking, change automatic negative thought patterns and negative self-talk, and promote psychologically healthier patterns of living.
How does Depression Counselling at Mind + Zest work?
Psychotherapy and Counselling services at Mind + Zest begin with a 15-minute intake session with one of our experienced intake specialists. During this session, we will ask important questions to determine the area of improvement, severity, and treatment approach required to alleviate your anxiety:
When did you first notice the low-mood or depressive feelings?
What are your symptoms associated with your depressive feelings?
What are your current coping mechanisms for feeling low?
What life situations are contributing to the severity of your depression?
We will also proceed with questions that provide insight into your personality. Here at Mind + Zest, we believe it’s very important that we get to know you to ensure that your counselor or therapist is the ‘right fit’ for you.
The consultation is also a wonderful time to address any questions you may have.
Finally, we will provide you with a personalized ‘plan of action’ – this includes the recommended depression counselor or therapist who is best equipped to suit your needs, a recommended duration of therapy (if applicable), and any additional testing or psychological services we believe would benefit you.
Self-Help Reading on Depression Management & Counselling
Burns, D.D. (1999). The Feeling Good Handbook. Ontario: Plume Publishers.
Gilbert, P. (2001). Overcoming Depression: A Step-By-Step Approach to Overcoming Depression.
Rosen, L. (1997). When Someone You Love is Depressed. Ontario: Free Press.
Services offered at Mind + Zest includes: counselling for depression, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with depression therapists and counsellors, depression therapy and depression management counselling.
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