Are you tired of struggling to live the life you want?
Firefly Wellness Counseling is a place where you can rest, be yourself, and learn ways to manage your depression.
What is depression?
Depression can look like a lot of different things. For some people, it’s constantly feeling exhausted and unmotivated, like you are trying to walk through some thick sludge every day. There might be concentration and memory problems. Sometimes it’s the sense of never feeling happy and not being quite sure what happiness feels like. Other times it’s a self-loathing that may or may not come with constant suicidal thoughts. And sometimes, it’s a combination of all of the above.
Depression can hit all of the sudden, even when you feel like things should be going well. It can also be something you feel like has been a part of you for your entire life.
Depression can have physical symptoms, which are often the first or most obvious symptoms (you can read more about the pathways that link pain and depression here). These symptoms might be increased or decreased sleep, back pain, stomach aches and headaches.
How does therapy help treat depression?
Depression is a serious health concern that usually needs to be treated by a professional. Therapy can be intimidating to start, especially if you are feeling unmotivated or like you aren’t deserving of getting help. Therapy helps by creating a safe space where you can explore those difficult feelings of self-loathing or suicidal thoughts, finding ways to increase your motivation, and finding ways to increase positive feelings.
Talking about these things can help reduce the power they have over your life and give you a new way to view your feelings. When we don’t confront difficult feelings, they often grow more powerful and intense.
Depending on the severity and duration of your depression, the length of treatment might vary. Some people might need to be in therapy for years and that’s okay. It takes time to heal. Others may need a shorter amount of time with maintenance sessions decreasing in frequency over time.
For more information on what therapy with me would look like, click here.
Check out my resources page for books, podcasts, and apps that can be helpful.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline- 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line- Text 741741
If you or someone you know is in a serious crisis, call 911.