Many people experience depression as the black hole of low mood and energy, worthlessness, loss of pleasure, and even thoughts of death. When in the grip of depression it can be hard to engage in the basic tasks of life, and even harder to make sense of what’s happening and why.
Depression can stem from many factors, including family history, unresolved grief or past trauma or current relationship or life problems. Studies have shown that individuals who have experienced significant adverse childhood experiences (ACES) are at higher risk for depression in their adult lives.
Often depression is the result of childhood adaptations to abuse and neglect. Many individuals who grew up in dysfunctional environments develop a critical inner voice, have difficulty trusting others, take care of others’ needs at the expense of their own, and isolate themselves in relationships. Consequently, they often feel alone and unsupported. These experiences result in painful feelings of depression and worthlessness.
How Therapy Helps With Depression
Therapy helps with depression by providing you with a caring and supportive therapist. You don’t have to feel alone with your painful thoughts and feelings. As clients open up in therapy and receive empathy and validation they begin to experience relief and connection. As we explore your depressive symptoms we will strive to identify the purpose of your depression and what it is trying to communicate to us. Exploring depression is often the first step to delving into your history. Accessing your childhood experiences in a safe and caring environment allows you to heal the parts of you that need healing. This process helps to reduce your current symptoms and create long lasting and meaningful change.