Scottsdale Private Therapy for Depression

Lifting Depression

In a world that’s sometimes sad and overwhelming, it’s easy to feel depressed.

You should be waking up, excited to take on the day… but you would rather put your head under the covers.

You may feel like you’ve been numb for so long, you’re having a difficult time understanding your emotions.

Sometimes it’s hard to engage with others – you may not even feel capable of responding to a text message.

It can be hard to put a finger on what’s bothering you, but it feels like a dark hole, and it’s tough to see the light.

Depression is more than just sadness…

  • It is irritability, restlessness, and a loss of interest.
  • It is trouble concentrating and making decisions.
  • It is a loss of appetite or uncontrollable eating.
  • It is fatigue, aches, and lack of motivation.
  • It is insomnia or sleeping way too much.
  • It is anxiety, emptiness, and despair.
  • It is negative thoughts, maybe even suicidal.
  • It is sneaky, dark, and sucks all the energy out of you.

Depression often robs us of what we need most – CONNECTION.

As humans, we NEED connection. When we are constantly feeling depressed, we typically withdraw from others, causing us to feel even worse. Heck! We even withdraw from ourselves!!

“Connection is critical because we all have the basic need to feel accepted
and to believe that we belong and are valued for who we are.”

– Brené Brown

Many of us grow up with limiting beliefs that become ingrained in our identity. As a result, we accept the love and respect we THINK we deserve. It’s all we know, but it doesn’t mean it’s all there is.

help for depressed man husband father brother in Scottsdale.Without depression treatment, your listless and hopeless mood can persist.

…and end up causing problems in your daily life: at your job, with your family, and with friends.

You may be struggling to make it to work, and your employer notices the decreased performance at your job. Sometimes, you want nothing more than to play with your kids or spend time with the ones you love, but there is an invisible barrier where you feel like you can’t connect. You may be there, but you certainly don’t feel present.

Depression is no joke and can be caused by a combination of genetic, biological, environmental, and psychological factors. Stressful life events, such as the loss of a loved one, financial problems, or a traumatic experience, can also trigger depression. Our brains can get altered, and thoughts can become scrambled – we tend to get stuck on a continuous negative thinking loop. Understanding these factors is crucial in recognizing the multifaceted nature of depression and the need for personalized treatment approaches.

One powerful treatment for depression is EMDR.

This process is thought to facilitate the brain’s natural healing abilities, allowing individuals to process and integrate traumatic memories into their larger life narrative. Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) has been particularly effective for individuals whose depression is rooted in past trauma, offering a way to move past these experiences without the need for detailed verbal recounting or prolonged exposure to the traumatic memory.

Other effective integrated depression treatments include…

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) integrates cognitive-behavioral techniques with concepts from mindfulness practices to teach coping with emotional distress, improving interpersonal relationships, and living more mindfully.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) helps individuals cultivate a non-judgmental awareness of the present moment and enhance emotional regulation and self-compassion. This approach provides practical skills to manage mental health on a daily basis.

Internal Family Systems (IFS) aims to promote internal harmony and understanding by identifying and addressing the roles of various parts that may be contributing to depressive symptoms.

Narrative Therapy helps by viewing problems from different perspectives, identify values and skills, and rewriting stories in a ways that reflect strength and resilience; thus allowing new meanings and pathways to healing to be discovered.

We may also need a “whole body” approach to manage and treat depression.

Prescription medications can certainly play a critical role in the treatment of depression for some individuals. Sometimes, a combination of medication and counseling provides the most comprehensive approach to treating depression, addressing both the biological and psychological aspects of the condition. Antidepressants, such as SSRIs or SNRIs, can be effective in managing any chemical imbalances in the brain associated with depression. If necessary, a therapist will give a referral to a psychiatric provider who prescribes these types of medications – or to a naturopathic provider as a holistic alternative.

Our treatment plans are tailored to meet the unique needs of each individual and our therapists will gladly coordinate care with your other providers as needed. You can learn the differences in mental health providers over on our blog.

hope for depression treatment in Scottsdale, AZFinding hope with depression therapy…

The first step to change is self-awareness.

Understanding is the greatest gift you can give yourself. Learning about your trauma responses, coping mechanisms, and subconscious programming can be extremely effective on your path to self-discovery and healing. We will explore and challenge all of these areas and start redefining what happiness looks like for you.

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for depression.

Together, we will choose the best approach for your specific needs and create a treatment plan customized to meet you where you are.

When you are ready, give us a call at (480) 485-8824 to set up your no-obligation, no-pressure phone consultation.