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What Therapy Stage Are You In?

What Therapy Stage Are You In? THERAPY STAGE - SURVIVAL: Virtually all counseling clients start at this level. You are in crisis, at a low point, depressed or anxious. My focus here is an immediate and practical prescription for helping you regain hope and basic...

Ten Signs you may need Professional Therapy

Ten Signs You May Need Professional Therapy We all go through challenging times in our lives, but some experiences are worse than others. There is no problem that can’t be eased—a little or a lot—by seeking professional counseling. Some problems are like a sore...

Keys for Less Stressful Communication

What might you imagine is one of the biggest stressors that convince people to seek counseling? Is it fear of death, disease, or unemployment? Actually, it’s a fear of being seen as selfish and therefore, being disapproved of. It’s the conflict between knowing in your...

Signs of Depression in Adults

PLEASE NOTE: this list is NOT intended to diagnose or treat you. See a licensed mental health provider or medical professional for proper diagnosis and treatment. Most people get “the blues” sometimes that last a day or two. However, Major Depressive Disorder is a...

10 Gifts to Give Yourself This Year

Turn off the TV news for the holiday season. Instead, light candles and put on music. Notice even the smallest of your daily accomplishments instead of what you DIDN’T get done. Keep a “success list!” Remember that we get what we focus on in life. Focusing on good...

How’s Your Hula Hoop? Healthy Boundaries

Setting Healthy Boundaries “My mother is always telling me what to do, and then she wonders why I don’t call her more often,” my client sighed as she wiped away tears of frustration. “Do you tell her that you’d prefer her not to do that?” I prodded gently. “No! I...

Signs of Depression in Adults
PLEASE NOTE: this list is NOT intended to diagnose or treat you. See a licensed mental health provider or medical professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Most people get “the blues” sometimes that last a day or two. However, Major Depressive Disorder is a SERIOUS and often FATAL illness that occurs in approximately 6.7 percent of US adults. Medications can be helpful, but come with side effects that many people cannot tolerate. Medications will NOT cure the mistaken belief system causing the depression.
Without talk therapy to both uncover the root cause of the depression and learn ways to manage it, depression can persist despite medication. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, can help you uncover the beliefs you carry about life without even knowing it. These beliefs often contribute to depression below your level of awareness. Once uncovered, I can help you face and refute the irrational thoughts and replace them with healthy, logical thoughts.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms on a frequent or daily basis, please contact me for a full professional evaluation:

– sadness
– pessimism
– feeling like a failure
– loss of pleasure
– guilty feelings
– punishment feelings
– self-dislike
– self-criticalness
– suicidal thoughts or a sense of, It would be – better if I weren’t here*
– crying, or unable to cry anymore
– feeling agitated
– no interest
– hard to decide things
– feeling worthless
– no energy
– sleep issues
– irritable
– appetite changes, up or down
– can’t concentrate
– fatigue
– no sexual interest

(Adapted from the Beck Depression Inventory)
Taking that step to call us for an appointment is hard, but can be the best decision you ever make. Email us for in-office or REMOTE Therapy!
*IF YOU ARE FEELING SUICIDAL, CALL THE SUICIDE HOTLINE AT 1-800-273-8255 OR 911 IMMEDIATELY!