Depression & Mood Disorders
Psychotherapy helps people with depression understand the thoughts, emotions and behaviours that contribute to their depressed state. There are 2 basic theories of depression – clinical and situational. Clinical refers to the brain not firing properly to release serotonin which is a brain chemical that effects mood. Situational depression is caused by life events – such as major illness, a death in the family, a loss of job/career or a divorce, or lack of success in an academic environment. Sometimes both these types of depression are evident in one person.
For depression treatment, the goal is to regain both a sense of control and having pleasure in one’s life. A variety of techniques and problem-solving skills will be developed as well as a plan for self-care.
Why Work With Me?
In my 13 years as a Registered Psychotherapist I have grown by engaging in continuing education, meeting regularly with peers to share best practices, developing a broader toolbox of appropriate clinical interventions, and limiting my caseload so that I can be present and focused for each client and each session.
My service to clients is based on the principles of both strengths-based therapy and client-focused therapy. Using both of these techniques allows me to be present and focused on client strengths and client needs.
I do my best to schedule clients as soon as possible in my very busy practice. Often a cancellation by another client will open up an earlier session for you. There are no fixed number of psychotherapy sessions for each client - it will be a discussion between client and therapist about how many sessions the client would like to have.