You’ve become an empty shell. You haven’t felt like yourself in a long time, and you’re starting to get the suspicion you don’t even know who that is anymore.
And even if you did, you’re not sure you like yourself. You want so badly to move past this depression, and you’re ready to understand where it’s coming from.
It’s hard to remember back to a time where you felt energized by life. When you freely threw yourself into your passions or engaged with others openly and honestly. You have desires for the path you want your life to take, and there are people and things that mean a lot to you. But you have absolutely no motivation to make them happen.
Lately, it’s as if the stress of your life has won, and you feel beaten down by everything you have to manage. You can’t imagine feeling any lower or thinking any worse of yourself.
So here you are, doubting there will ever be good in your life again.
A lot of the time, you feel overwhelmed by life and the expectations, rules, roles, people, and routines that make up your world. And you know it’s time to get the help you need.
You truly want to feel capable and confident. But you have no idea how that will ever happen if you can’t stop feeling like a failure. You never imagined wanting to give up all that you hold dear. And you certainly didn’t expect to feel so empty. You’re ready for answers.
Signs You are Struggling with Depression
- Behavioral: you are agitated, irritable, or isolate yourself socially
- Cognitive: you have trouble concentrating or thoughts of suicide
- Mood: you often feel guilty, hopeless, disinterested, sad, or experience mood swings
When You Seek Support for Depression from the Center for Anxiety and Behavior Management
- You will learn to identify the thoughts that keep you stuck
- You will feel more in control of your power in your own life
- You will gain coping tools for overwhelming emotions and a new sense of hope
- You will gain a listening and non-judgmental ear and solution-focused help
- You will grow in personal insight, awareness, and self-management
The Depression Counseling Process
Therapy for Depression is intended to help you find the light at the end of a dark and long tunnel. You and your therapist will work together to teach you to identify trigger situations and thoughts that contribute to your feelings of sadness and worthlessness. Together, you will gain the tools necessary to be able to re-engage in the things that you used to enjoy and find a new sense of hope for your future.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression is scientifically-backed and evidence-based to help you gain control over your thoughts, behaviors, and emotions in as little time as possible.
Here’s what to expect:
FIRST CONTACT: Free phone consult
Prior to beginning treatment with us, we want to make sure that we are a good fit for your needs. For this reason, we offer a free 15-minute initial phone consult to learn more about you and your current circumstances to determine if we are the best resource for you. Assuming that we are a good match, we will then schedule an intake session.
WEEK ONE: Intake Session
During this initial 90-minute session, your assigned therapist will meet with you to gather background information and to fill out rating scales to provide an assessment baseline upon which to build your treatment plan and goals.
WEEK TWO: Feedback Session
Now that we’ve thoroughly assessed your needs, we will meet with you to discuss the diagnoses, to identify starting goals, and to provide education on the apparent causes and factors which are leading to your symptoms.
WEEK THREE and Beyond: Therapy Sessions for Adult Depression
At this point, you will attend regular weekly therapy sessions. A typical course of treatment calls for 12 to 16 weeks of therapy sessions. However, your therapist may determine you need to come more or less frequently, depending upon your presenting symptoms.
Together, in each subsequent session, you and your therapist will use evidenced-based psychotherapy models to help you learn to identify trigger situations and thoughts that contribute to you feeling sad and worthless. This typically includes the integration of techniques from Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-Based CBT, or other evidence-based modalities.
Each session is designed to help you overcome the symptoms of depression that are keeping you stuck. You and your therapist will work to overcome the symptoms holding you back in addition to providing you with effective solutions to improve your mood. .
TERMINATION: The Final Sessions
As you get closer to your therapy goals, you and your therapist will develop a plan for successfully transitioning you into a life without weekly therapy. This often means moving sessions from once a week to every other week, to monthly sessions, or to finishing out services completely. You will also work together to develop a relapse prevention plan at this time. Our goal is for you to be able to retain what the two of you have worked on together and to implement all you have learned in therapy outside of sessions in your everyday life.
More About the Center for Anxiety and Behavior Management
As a team of licensed therapists, we are experts at teaching you to make the behavioral choices that get you closer to your goals.
We work from an evidence-based perspective. This means that our job is to help you understand your struggles and provide solutions proven to be very effective. Negative thoughts, distressing feelings, and unhelpful behaviors don’t have to be part of your life, and depression therapy at The Center for Anxiety and Behavior Management is about changing the way you think, recognizing how your beliefs are holding you back, becoming informed, seeing the world more accurately, and engaging in behaviors that you won’t regret later.
We make it our mission to help you regain control of your life by providing effective strategies supported by science. We are dedicated to being on top of the most recent knowledge and helping you solve problems based on what the research says is effective. It is our passion to educate you on what is and isn’t working in your life so that you can get back in the driver’s seat and take yourself where you want to go.
Who Benefits Most from Depression Counseling
Therapy for adults with depression is best for those who have withdrawn from activities that they used to enjoy, are burdened by significant emotional distress, and believe that their life is never going to be good or happy again.
Often, depression robs you of the hope that better days ahead. It tries to make you think you are stuck and doomed to feel this badly forever. But, this is simply not true. With the use of scientifically validated and evidence-based therapy techniques, you can break out of the hold depression has on you.
You will benefit from Depression Therapy if:
- You are willing to commit to weekly sessions for a full course of treatment
- You are ready to break free from the sadness and irritability weighing on you
- You desire a supportive therapist and the tools that they can provide for you
- You are ready to take action to overcome your symptoms
- You want scientifically proven treatment for depression
There are certain situations where you might not be ready for counseling sessions with us.
These situations include, but are not limited to:
- When you do not have time to attend sessions on a weekly basis
- When you are not ready to practice the techniques provided in therapy
- When you cannot commit to the process of therapy for the full course of treatment
- When you want a quick fix
- When someone else wants you to come, but you’re not ready to fully engage in the process
If you are currently experiencing any of these issues, we can provide you with appropriate referrals for your level of care.
What Does Depression Therapy Cost?
Depression counseling is a fee-for-service program. As such, we do not take insurance, but we do provide paperwork that you can submit to your insurance company for out-of-network benefits and potential reimbursement.
When and Where are the Counseling Session?
Our office is conveniently located in Chester, NJ, 07930 next to the New Toys with Love building.
Sessions are currently held by appointment only Monday – Saturday.
Your Next Steps
You can absolutely overcome the despair that depression has brought to your life.
A positive outlook about your life and future may feel impossible right now, but that doesn’t mean you can’t start to understand what sets off your depressed mood. You just need the support of a caring professional and evidence-based treatment strategies while you start to make changes.
You will be able to more fully engage in your everyday life, have harmony in your home, and be successful in whatever you pursue. You will move from your everyday feelings of gloom, sadness, and irritability, and look forward to brighter days ahead. And you’ll also feel free from the emotional weight you’ve been carrying.
Ultimately, you will be able to achieve a sense of freedom from the overwhelming weight of depression on your shoulders. We can help.
Call 908-914-2624 to schedule your 15-minute phone consult to see if we’re a good fit for your depression treatment needs.