Counseling for Depression
Are you struggling to get up each morning?
Is it hard to find the motivation to do anything anymore?
Do you feel sad or hopeless?
Maybe your depression feels like you are drowning. You see that you’re going under water. Youfeel yourself fading more and more into the background. Yet, you don’t know how to stop it. Maybe you feel trapped. It’s as if you are a victim of your own mind with intrusive negative self talk or even suicidal thoughts popping up throughout the day.
Sometimes people think depression is something you can just talk yourself out of. If you just try harder it will go away. Maybe someone has even accused you of exaggerating your feelings or just trying to get attention. Unfortunatly, we know this isn’t how depression works.
Our expert mental health therapists have worked with countless individuals who are suffering from depression. We get it. We hear you. And our office is a safe place to explore and cope with the pain, sadness and fear.
Symptoms of Depression
We know that everyone’s depression looks a little different. You a unique individual, so of course your depression will be unique as well. However, below are some of the most common symptoms of depression.
- Depressed Mood
- Loss of interest in daily activities
- Things that used to be fun no longer feel fun
- Feeling sad or empty
- Change in appetite or significant weight change
- Change in sleep – either sleeping too much or too little
- Fatigue and always feeling tired
- Loss of energy
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or hopelessness
- Difficulty Concentration
- Thoughts about death or suicide
- Lack of self esteem or confidence
Counseling can help with Depression
As a Mid Missouri counseling clinic, the therapists at Aspire Counseling believe in the power of counseling. We’ve seen effective, compassionate counseling services help people overcome depression, find meaning and even bring joy back into their lives. We want that for you as well.
All of our therapists are well trained and experienced in using at least one type of therapy that is really well supported by research. Depending on your specific type of depression, motivation and life circumstances, your therapist might use Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy or Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. This means that we’re not just flying by the seat of our pants and doing what feels right in the moment. We’re using techniques that are proven by research to help relieve the symptoms of depression.
But counseling at our office is so much more than just the type of therapy we provide. At Aspire Counseling, we go above and beyond to help you find healing and relief from your emotional pain. From the moment you step into our office, we want you to feel at peace. For this reason, we offer a meditation room (free of charge) so you take a few minutes to relax and ground yourself after an intense therapy session before you return to the “real world.”
The therapists at Aspire Counseling are caring and compassionate. They value the therapeutic relationship and will validate you as an individual. They will help you identify what is most important to you and base your treatment on those values that matter in your life. We want you to feel cared for. And when you feel hopeless? Your therapist will carry hope for you and guide you on your path through the depression and back to a world filled with light and hope.
What is standing in the way of your healing?
I’m too busy to come to Counseling.
Life is busy. We get it. Our lives are busy too. But if you don’t take care of yourself, who will?
Here’s the thing. Your mental health, your life, your happiness. They’re worth it. How much more time & energy would you have if your depression were gone tomorrow. Would you be more productive? Would you be able to spend more time out of bed? Or would you simply savor the moments more?
I can’t find the motivation to come to therapy.
This is often the biggest barrier holding someone back from seeking treatment for depression. Lack of motivation is literally a symptom of depression. But it’s so important that you take the first step by picking up the phone and calling us. We hope that once you’ve come to our office a couple of times and started to form a connection with your therapist, it will get easier.
Behavioral activation (i.e. making yourself get up and move) is a very effective treatment for depression. In other words, to get better you will need to reach deep inside yourself and find that tiny piece of motivation left inside and use it to get out and about. Therapy is a GREAT place to start!
Will counseling even help?
You feel hopeless right now. Maybe you’ve even tried other things and they haven’t worked. Perhaps you’ve seen other counselors, read self help books or listened to motivational speeches. Yes here you are feeling depressed.
We know it’s scary to even think about feeling better. You’re afraid to get your hopes up that counseling will work. We get that. And yet…we’re asking you to try placing just a tiny seed of hope. Together we’ll water that seed and help it grow into a plant. Why? Because we know that counseling iseffective.
All of that said, we should take a moment to talk about what makes counseling effective. The most important thing is that you have a good therapeutic relationship with your therapist. I say all the time that this doesn’t mean you and your therapist are best friends. They don’t have to be anyone you’d ever want to see outside of session. But your therapist should be someone that you feel comfortable with. You should feel that your therapist cares about you and your goals for your life. It’s also important that you are confident in your therapist’s ability.
Counseling for Depression in Columbia, MO
Begin Depression Counseling with Aspire
You’ve Googled ‘symptoms of depression’ so many times you can recite the entire list. You’ve made it here, and we’re happy you did. When you want to start your journey to rediscovering the spark you’ve been missing, we’re ready to help you get started. Follow these steps to get started:
- Send us a message so we can get to know you and set up a free consultation.
- Meet with one of our compassionate therapists.
- You’ll start on your path towards healing.
Other Services Provided by Aspire
Life experiences are not one-size-fits-all, so neither are our services. We recognize that every person is unique and has a variety of lived experiences. To honor this, we provide a variety of services to individuals and families in the Mid Missouri area. Being in a college town, we often provide counseling for college students. This can include help for sexual assault and rape survivors, traumatic stress & PTSD treatment, and counseling for depression Aside from our work with college students, we offer a range of services including counseling for grief and loss, counseling for fear, anxiety and stress, mindfulness for mental health, and dialectical behavior therapy. In addition, we provide LGBTQ+ affirming therapy. To learn more about our services, check out our website and see how Aspire Counseling can help you on your healing journey.