01Mar/17
depression counselor counseling

Get Help For Depression

A Depression Counselor Talks About Depression

When you suffer from depression, it feels like nothing can ever help, and nothing will ever change…

People who experience say that this is what depression does to your thinking. It makes you feel certain that you can never feel happy again. But the reality is much different. Research has shown that depression is the most treatable of all mental illnesses. It is estimated that 60 percent to 80 percent of all people with depression can be treated successfully. Depending on the type of depression you have, there are many different kinds of therapies which work.

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People who have depression say that it can drain the pleasure from things you used to enjoy, and can make you see everything through grey-tinted glasses. It can rob you of your hope and your energy.

Depression has also been described as a parasite that feeds off your life.

 

There Is Hope For Things To Get Better

When you talk with a depression counselor and know how depression works; what it needs to sustain it, then you start to gain power over it and hope starts to sprout again.

I am a depression counselor that has been trained in several approaches to treating depression that focus on getting you feeling better quickly.

 

What Happens In A Session

The very first thing we will do in our session together is to ensure you understand why you are feeling this way. It has a lot to do with the levels of stress you are currently experiencing, which can lead to physical as well as mental exhaustion.

We then work to help you feel better by using a form of deep relaxation. This will help prepare your brain to learn, because as you’ve probably noticed, depression makes it almost impossible to pay attention and remember information.

When you leave my office after the first session, I would expect you to feel better than you have in a long time.

 

Therapy Is A Process

Treatment for depression can take time to work. each person is different depending on the type of depression you have and what is going on in your life. I will be with you through the whole process.

In the subsequent sessions, we will work together on:

  • Reducing the amount of worrying and introspection you are doing
  • Resolving any practical problems that are causing you stress
  • Working on any relationship difficulties you may be having
  • Helping you balance your thinking so you are not plagued by negative thoughts
  • As you feel better, we will gradually introduce things in your life that will protect you from becoming depressed again
Depression can make you feel hopeless.

But there is hope, and I think I can help, so please give me a call at 877-718-4372 or schedule an appointment and I can tell you anything else you need to know.

15Feb/17
trauma therapy treatment

Get Help With Trauma Therapy Treatment

Trying To Leave Trauma in the Past?

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Trauma is misunderstood. We often feel we should be able to “snap out of it” or “just get past” our memories of traumatic events and once the immediacy of the event has passed, guilt and shame can settle in, as a constant, unwelcome cling on. Trauma therapy treatment can help, but, unfortunately, many people think they can deal with it on their own.

The Brain and Trauma

What we can learn to understand is that our brain is handling the traumatic memories in a way that kept us safe in primitive times. While every individual’s response to trauma is different, depending on their age, past experience with trauma, and social support, one thing they share in common is the feeling or urgency to fight, freeze, or flight wherein the sympathetic nervous system tries to get us out of harm.

Why Does Trauma Stay With Us?

Once this response is activated, memories or reminders of the trauma can cause us to react in unhelpful ways long after we are safe and secure. This hyper-alertness can leave us feeling on edge and agitated, make it difficult to trust, and may deteriorate our relationships if left untreated.

When Traditional Therapy Doesn’t Work

Many trauma clients have tried traditional therapy treatment and have had some success with dealing with exposure to the trauma in a relaxing environment, but come to Spirit Lake Therapy feeling that there is still no closure or control in dealing with everyday reminders and daily life is frequently hampered. They may even develop anxiety and depressive disorders that appear unrelated to the original trauma but are also resistant to therapy until the trauma is resolved.

Why Spirit Lake Therapy?

We are grateful for our trauma therapy treatment training from the Traumatology Institute (www.traumatologyinstitute.com), because we are able to help people to not only heal from the emotional pain from trauma, but we are acutely aware of the need to spend time learning new skills to reconnect and relate to loved ones. Without taking this step in therapy the feelings of loss and separateness cannot be resolved completely and will continue to reappear during times of stress or when fear is triggered by reminders. If we have had early trauma from childhood that has been unresolved and then we face trauma or grief as an adult our reactions can appear more complex and be a little more difficult to understand because they appear out of proportion to the actual event. When we have an exaggerated response to stress or difficulty functioning in less than optimal conditions the old trauma may be wearing down our resistance and decreasing our ability to recharge and face life’s challenges in a positive way.

Trauma Exposure Is More Common Than People Think

More than a third of Canadians have suffered some kind of child abuse in their lives and that abuse has a strong correlation with mental disorders, according to a new national study touted to be the first of its kind in Canada.

The Canadian Medical Association Journal stated that 32% of Canadians had exposure to physical, sexual, or domestic violence as a child. When trauma has been the result of recurrent abuse in childhood we may have never learned to really attach and connect. We may have our guard up and this may hinder closeness leading us to feel deep seated loneliness that is cold to our very core.

Get Trauma Therapy Treatment Help, You’ll Be Glad You Did

When you take the step to call and learn to feel safe in our confidential trauma therapy treatment environment, we can help ease your pain and loneliness so that you can begin to trust others and enjoy your future. Call us now to set up an appointment at 877-718-4372, or use the blue scheduling tab at the bottom of the page.

16Jan/17
Strength Based Therapy

Have A Happier New Year With Strength-Based Therapy!

Do More, Be More, Connect More With Strength-Based Therapy!

 

‘Tis the season’ for New Year’s Resolutions. As we look to 2017 we often think of a fresh start to do more, be more present, and really enhance the depth of our connections so we engage more fully with those around us. We also use this time of year to think of ways to optimize our performance at school, work, and in our relationships. So many decide in January to begin to eat healthier, get more active, and even lose those last few pounds.

Focus On Things We Can Change

Those of us in colder areas also know that we have time when the weather doesn’t cooperate with our outdoor projects, so we often turn inward and this can be positive if we focus on things we can change and self-improvement, rather than the negatives in our situations or in others that we really have no power over. We may even wonder if we will be able to stick with our New Year’s Resolutions this year, and we can remember that our ability to survive frigid temperatures in sometimes remote locations is testimony to the fact that a human can do almost anything for 100 days.

What Can Strength-Based Therapy Do For Me?

You can learn new tools for coping with emotions, increase resilience in stress, and enhance your relationship and communication skills to help you excel at work and play. Together, we can problem solve and explore your options so you can choose a course of action to see some changes by spring. Timing is everything so why not decide to improve now!

Start With A Strength Assessment

We use an interesting tool called the Clifton Strengths Assessments to help our clients discover their own special combination of strengths because we know that people who use their strengths are six times more likely to be engaged at work which is the first step to better performance and achievement.

 

Why Spirit Lake Therapy For Strength-Based Therapy?

At Spirit Lake Therapy we enjoy helping you realize your goals to do and be more. We offer the latest in strength testing to help you determine strategies for change based on your unique personality. Whether you are energized by social situations, solitude, or competition- we can tailor your therapy to suit your personality.

 

Other Ways We Provide Care

We provide a full range of mental health services and offer many ways to get help; including, phone, text, video therapy, as well as in office, and home visits. Call us at 877-718-4372 and mention this “New Year’s Blog” to receive 25% off the session rate until winter is over.

Source: www.gallupstrengthcenter.com

 

20Dec/16
holiday blues

A Joyful Holiday Season?

Not For Those With Seasonal Blues

 

While the holidays are portrayed as a time for peace and joy, unfortunately, not everyone feels at peace and full of joy. For some people, holiday time leaves us feeling that something is missing and we may grieve for something that once was, or yearn for something that we don’t have. It is important during the holidays that we take time to care for ourselves using the ideas outlined in this article.

Families and Holiday Stress

Perhaps our family is no longer as it once was, and some loved ones have passed on and this is a time of year where we might feel the void. Others may feel stress over finances, and experience anxiety, depression or hopelessness over holiday spending. Perhaps we may even be wondering why we feel so alone in the crowd of people shopping at this time of year.The holidays also may bring up not so favorable memories that we may have a hard time keeping under the surface.

Seasonal Blues and Spirit Lake Therapy

At Spirit Lake Therapy our clients are getting support around issues like these at this time of year, and even into January when many feel some seasonal blues, and as the credit card bills roll in causing additional stress. Many people experience depression in the Winter, and it is still a mystery to scientists who study it. But researchers agree that people who suffer from seasonal affective disorder are particularly sensitive to light, or the lack of it.

Tips For Dealing With Seasonal Blues

So, what can we do to just feel better?

1. Be Proactive

We can plan ahead, cook ahead, shop ahead, and break our tasks into small manageable tasks so we don’t get overwhelmed at the last minute.

2. Share

We often think being quiet about our feelings will help those around us to have a better holiday and make us feel better, when we know that in reality the best way to feel connected in our relationships is to share how we really feel, begin to feel heard, and then find relief from our aloneness.

3. Get Active

When we feel down we may think that staying at home alone will help, when in reality doing more encourages us to begin to feel accomplishment and hope. Getting out for a little exercise, sunshine, or socializing can really enhance feelings of doing something for ourselves.

4. Know Your Triggers

If we know that certain holiday videos or movies make us blue or situations bring back bad memories of family dysfunction, then we can try some new media or family traditions this year to brighten our mood and break old habits.

5. Set Healthy Boundaries

Do you really have to do it all yourself, perfectly? Be forgiving and gentle with yourself this holiday, so that you can be kinder to those you love.

6. Be Grateful and Express Gratitude

Gratitude makes us happier. Research shows that a five-minute a day gratitude journal can increase your long-term well-being by more than 10 percent.

7. Get Exposure To Light

During the Winter, we have less exposure to light. Many studies have shown that people with Winter depression, otherwise known as seasonal affective disorder, feel better after exposure to bright light. Alfred Lewy, MD, a seasonal affective disorder researcher at the Oregon Health & Science University, says it’s not just a matter of getting exposure to light, but also getting it at the right time. Dr Lewy states that “the most important time to get light is in the morning.”There are a number of ways to get exposure to this light. One such method is bright light products which are generated by a special light box that’s much brighter than a normal lamp. But these do not work for everyone.

8. Get Help

If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, hopeless, or reliving memories of trauma please remember professional help is only a call or email away. There are many treatment options for seasonal blues, depending on your type of depression. For some people with seasonal depression antidepressant medications can work. For others, just talking with a counselor can help.

To schedule a free 20 minute, no obligation consultation-Call Spirit Lake Therapist, Jenny Rousseau, at 877-718-4372.