Depression Counselling & Therapy

Depression Counselling and Therapy in Toronto

Depression is a debilitating medical condition. It has been in existence for centuries but lacked a name and a viable treatment option. It can come in several forms from the Baby Bluesto mild depression which can be dismissed as just an off day, to mild bouts of antisocialism or extreme cases which can be life changing. It can get so extreme that it completely takes over your everyday life and affects everything from your job to your family and marriage, your home, social life and so much more. There are several treatment options from supplements to prescribed medication. But, the most common and recommended form of treatment is depression counseling and Psychotherapy.

What is depression counseling and Psychotherapy?

Before an official diagnosis of depression, a person is first evaluated by an intake specialist during a one on one interview or is referred by one’s family doctor. The intake is still performed regardless of whether you are self-referred or referred by a physician.

The intake consists of a series of questions that help the specialist discern whether or not you are in need of a therapist or Psychotherapy. The intake specialist then refers you to the Psychotherapist or the most common term is simply, therapist. The therapist reviews your intake questions to determine what it is you may be suffering from, the level at which you are suffering and what treatment would best suit your needs.

When the therapist meets with the patient, they will then collaborate with the patient to determine what they want to achieve with therapy and will set goals with the person and then come up with a treatment plan to help meet those goals. They will also determine what level of therapy will be most beneficial such as, Individual therapy, group therapy, family counseling or couples or marriage counseling. It may also be determined that a combination of counseling sessions will be beneficial.
The therapist will schedule either single weekly sessions or more depending on the need. In these sessions, the Psychotherapist will help the person discover the circumstances that could be the cause of the depression. Such circumstances could include:
• Loss of a job
• Grief from the loss of a loved one
• Divorce or marital issues
• Hereditary factors (family history of depression)
• Addiction (whether it is a cause or effect of the depression)
• Chemical imbalance
• Many more other factors can lead to depression.

After the factors have been determined, the therapist will recommend tools that can help the individual to overcome these issues. Tools could include, coping techniques, medication from a licensed Psychiatrist, meditation, diet and other such remedies to help the individual get the issue under control.

How can counseling and Psychotherapy help depression patients?

There are several benefits to seeing a therapist to cope with the symptoms of depression. Benefits such as:
1. A sympathetic, non-judgmental ear to listen to the issues that the individual feels are hard to deal with and are uncomfortable discussing with others that they are close to, out of fear of being judged or told that they are being “silly”.
2. The feedback received from a therapist is non-biased and can be beneficial in putting things into perspective.
3. The therapist is able to offer tools and coping techniques to help get the symptoms of depression under control.
4. All of the above mention benefits can help a person regain a sense of self-control over their own lives.
5. Continued treatment can help an individual find a healthy means by which to deal with everyday stressful situations that would normally make them lapse into a state of depression.
6. The tools and techniques learned from counseling and Psychotherapy can help an individual to maintain their own sense of self -worth and to understand their circumstances much more vividly. This enables them to lead healthier, happier lives.

Depression affects hundreds of thousands of individuals every day. Learning the causes and identifying the effects through depression counseling and Psychotherapy through Cognitive Behavioral therapy, can be the first step to regaining a semblance of control over one’s own life and illness. Continuing treatment is a viable tool to maintaining that control and leading a happy, healthy life.