At iMentalHealth Counselling in St. Albert we want to help walk alongside you through counselling for depression by exploring your story and hearing how your symptoms have developed, how they are impacting you and come up with a plan to develop tools to deal with it.
Please note, you can always book as Individual Counselling and specify your main concern in your intake form.
Are you low in mood and generally in a place of sadness for more than a two week period. Are you feeling hopeless, sad and difficulty finding a sense of purpose? Possibly you isolate yourself or have difficulty getting out of bed? A lot of people who are experiencing depression may even start having thoughts of suicide, with or without thoughts of a specific plan to act out.
Are you experiencing the phenomenon of the things that used to bring you joy, no longer are having the same effect. You may find in the winter time you are eating more carbohydrates, gaining weight and wanting to sleep more often.
You have intrusive negative thoughts that you can’t seem to get out of your head.
Another area that can come up is peripartum or postpartum depression. Did you know that 80% of women experience baby blues and about 10-15% experience a major depressive episode 4 weeks before delivery and a few weeks after? This is something that is not really talked about alot and so it can also help to have someone to talk too in the midst of a really difficult season.
Whether your experience of depression is tied to an event in your life that has caused you to feel this way, or it seems to have come out of the blue, we want to help you to work through strategies to support you. Often there is a root to why we feel the way we do.
There is something powerful about showing up and talking to someone in your local community because they are experiencing some of the same environmental(icy and frigid and dark) impacts. It can allow you a connection in your community for future support and help you navigate more resources you may have not been aware of in your community. I believe that connection is healing, and sometimes it can be helpful to have a connection that you know is close. Finally, seeking someone out for help with depression will help you to recognize you are not alone and that your problems are never too little, or insignificant to seek support.
EMDR is a body based approach that uses Bilateral Stimulation and works with the Adaptive information Processing system.
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