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Depression Counseling 2018-07-27T16:02:39+00:00

Depression Counseling & Therapy Overview

What Is Depression?

Depression refers not just to a syndrome but also to a state of sadness, depletion, deflation, emptiness, hopelessness, and/or boredom that each of us has experienced. And yet, because we often begin from the position that everyone knows what depression is, we can easily minimize its potential debilitating impact and complexity. In all forms, depression is the most widespread emotional disorder and the leading cause of disability in the world.

How do we draw the line between clinical depression and ordinary human suffering? The term “depression” often refers to lowered self-esteem and decreased functioning across a variety of domains. Please continue reading to find out more about the symptoms, risk signs, and treatment of depression, and how you can find help for yourself or support a depressed loved one.

Are You or a Loved One Depressed?

Complete the Beck Depression Inventory Quiz to evaluate your level of depression. This depression inventory can be self-scored. The scoring scale is at the end of the questionnaire.


What’s Your Level of Depression?

  • 1-10____________________These ups and downs are considered normal
  • 11-16___________________Mild mood disturbance
  • 17-20___________________Borderline clinical depression
  • 21-30___________________Moderate depression
  • 31-40___________________Severe depression
  • over 40_________________ Extreme depression

Depression Symptoms

Depression affects each person differently. However, most people experience some combination of the following symptoms:

      • Feelings of emptiness
      • Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness
      • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
      • Anger and irritability
      • Restlessness
      • Difficulty concentrating
      • Fatigue
      • Changes in sleep patterns
      • Appetite changes
      • Chronic pain, headaches, or stomachaches
      • Loss of interest in activities
      • Withdrawal from friends and family
      • Thoughts of death or suicide


More people across the globe are disabled because of depression than by any other physical or mental health issue. Yes, you’re not alone! However, those who have struggled with depression know that good treatments are hard to come by—but they do exist.

Treatment of depression at Growth thru Change integrates several therapeutic modalities identified below. We believe in the importance of creating a trusting therapeutic bond, the essential foundation of the therapeutic process. Educating our clients on the symptoms, faulty cognitions (e.g., all-or-nothing thinking or over-generalization), repetitive patterns and behaviors, and core values at the root of their symptoms is key.

Growth thru Change’s Therapeutic Modalities

  1. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT): A short-term psychotherapeutic treatment that helps you understand the thoughts and feelings that influence your behavior. The underlying concept is that your thoughts and feelings govern your moods.
  2. Psychoanalysis/Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Your present-day problems are linked to unconscious conflicts arising from events in your past, according to psychoanalysis. Psychodynamic psychotherapists believe you must identify the roots of your psychological pain before you can find relief from depressive symptoms. Your therapist promotes self-reflection and self-examination. In particular, he or she helps you explore your past family relationships, experiences, and trauma. Through insight comes the power for changing old, dysfunctional patterns into new, healthy patterns in support of reaching a balanced, healthy mood.
  3. Group Therapy: At first, participating in group therapy might seem intimidating. However, it can be extremely beneficial. Group therapy offers you the opportunity to be surrounded by peers who can relate to shared experiences. The encouragement of other members propels the group forward while also creating a mirror, which allows you to see yourself through the group’s eyes. Growth thru Change allows you to find the particular group that feels comfortable and safe for you.

Depression is generally treatable. It may take some time, but it can happen; and it’s often just a matter of finding the strategy, or the right combination of strategies, that work best for you.

Helping Someone with Depression

If someone you love is depressed, you may be experiencing any number of difficult emotions, including helplessness, frustration, anger, fear, guilt, and sadness. These feelings are all normal. It’s not easy dealing with a friend’s or family member’s depression. And if you don’t take care of yourself, you can easily become overwhelmed. Knowing how to support someone who is struggling with depression can be challenging. Please keep in mind that it is incredibly important to practice patience. The first step is beginning an ongoing conversation around your loved one’s mood. It’s important he or she knows you are concerned and that you care. Provide resources for your loved one. Seeking out local support groups, a psychiatrist, and a therapist is critical for providing well-rounded support during this difficult time.

Need more information or guidance? Call us today at (215) 337-3993.

Suicide Warning Signs

When someone is depressed, suicide is a real danger. It’s important to know the warning signs:

  • Talking about suicide, dying, or harming oneself; a preoccupation with death
  • Expressing feelings of hopelessness or self-hate
  • Acting in dangerous or self-destructive ways
  • Getting affairs in order and saying goodbye
  • Seeking out pills, weapons, or other lethal objects

If these signs have become apparent in yourself or your loved one, immediately go to your nearest crisis center or emergency room or call 9-1-1. For additional support, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800- 273-8255.

Need more information or guidance? Call us today at (215) 337-3993.


Developed in part with the help of Venture Focused Consulting