Have you stopped enjoying life as much as you once did and you don’t know why? We all have periods in our lives that are more difficult than others. However, if you are feeling down more days than not, or you’ve begun to lose interest in activities than once brought you joy, you may be developing depression.
Depression is more than struggling through each day with a low mood. If depression remains untreated, it can affect your relationships, your job performance, and more seriously, your overall quality of life.
Many people with depression also experience anxiety as the two disorders often co-occur. The good news is, depression and anxiety are among the most treatable disorders. Whether this is a new issue you have only begun to experience or if it’s a problem that has been ongoing, if you take steps to begin treatment, you can heal and begin to enjoy life again.
How Does This Look in Therapy?
In therapy, we first focus on bringing you to a place where you feel better. If you are dealing with loss or past trauma, we will focus on creating a sense of control and stability before we move into deeper healing.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is a rapid and effective approach to treating depression. This is because, how we think affects how we feel and behave. CBT is a process of identifying and restructuring unrealistic negative thought patterns.
We may also employ mindfulness in your therapy. Practicing mindfulness can help you feel relaxed, focus on the present moment, and improve your mood.
Therapy for depression consists of both inner healing work and practical steps to help you move forward into creating the life you want. It also is a process of developing a therapeutic relationship that will create a connection in a safe and supportive environment to support your ongoing progress.
We heal through connecting with others. Working with someone who is there to guide you and help you build on your own strengths is an important part of healing and feeling better.
Therapy in Princeton, New Jersey
Jill Portaro, LCSW is a clinical therapist practicing in Princeton, a short driving distance from Lawrenceville, Hopewell, Hamilton, West Windsor, Princeton Junction, and South Brunswick. If you would like to learn more or make an appointment, you are welcome to call or fill out the contact form and click Send.