DEPRESSION

How do I feel better?

This isn’t you. Every day feels like you're walking through quicksand. It’s hard to get up, hard to move, hard to think, hard to have normal conversations. Life didn’t used to feel so difficult, but now even simple things sap your energy.

You can't keep living this way!

People are depending on you. You miss you. You know you have to get back to how you used to be, but it doesn't feel possible. You've tried everything you can think of.

Your determination shows incredible strength. But what you're dealing with is beyond what you've heard, what you've known, and what you feel capable to fix. 

Seeking help takes strength too—and it’s strength you already have. You aren't giving up. You are not weak. You are doing what it takes to get your life back. Counseling will help you be the person you want to be again. 
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Through counseling, you will learn how to:

  • understand what is happening in your mind and your body

  • know what sets off your depression

  • know just what to do if you begin to feel depressed

  • stop feeling hopeless

  • feel like you're in control of yourself again

You will benefit most from counseling for depression if:

  • you want to no longer feel hopeless

  • you want to no longer feel ambivalent

  • you’re open to working on your thoughts

  • you’re open to working out and being mindful of your diet

  • you’re willing to practice the tools your therapist gives you on a daily basis

The counseling process:

Therapy will help you identify the areas of life where you’re feeling depressed. The therapist will help you with strategies to cope and lead you through practices that heal your brain so that you can adapt and move out of your depression.

 

Each therapy session is 50 minutes long. For best results in treating depression, we recommend at least eight consecutive weeks of therapy. We have found that clients who do not commit to weekly sessions for eight weeks struggle to find satisfaction in meeting their goals and regaining control in their lives.

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What to Expect

Week 1:

The first week is the intake session. The intake session is focused on helping demystify the counseling process. Your therapist will go through your completed paperwork and make sure that you understand what you are consenting to in therapy. Your therapist will also gather more information about you, your social, biological, and psychological history; and anything else that may be impacting your situation. Your therapist will make sure that we clearly understand your goals for therapy and have a plan moving forward.

Week 2 and the following weeks:

Your therapist will choose treatment strategies that best fit you and help you regain stability in your life. Each session will be focused on the therapist working with you to make sure you feel you are improving. This may require you to practice strategies during your week, between sessions.

Intermountain Counseling is committed to creating a safe, warm, and welcoming environment for you so you feel empowered and equipped to overcome the obstacles in your life.

Termination:

Termination is the agreed-upon ending of the therapeutic relationship once goals are achieved and takes 1 to 3 sessions, depending on your needs. Therapy should be a springboard into life; your therapist will work with you to determine that you feel your goals have been met and that you are satisfied with what you have worked on.