Feeling Down and Alone?
Overwhelmed and like you can’t deal with one more thing?
Struggling with a lack of motivation?
Or not feeling like being around other people or doing the things you once enjoyed?
It is unfortunate that depression is so prevalent. However, that also means that you are not alone. And that there are many credible strategies to use–personalized to you & your unique life– to combat it.
There’s a looming dark cloud over you that has you feeling down. It follows you everywhere you go, in everything you do, every meeting you have, every relationship, and inhibits your focus, performance, and potential. It is exhausting. No wonder you’re tired and don’t feel like doing anything, or being around anyone.
It makes it extremely difficult to feel motivated to start your day. You see other people smile, and you wish you felt as happy as they do, but you don’t. It can feel like everyone else has it better and you long for that. When you get this way, your thinking becomes negative. You feel alone. You get down on yourself, become self-critical, & judge yourself. You don’t like that you’re feeling down, and you wish you could control it. You feel powerless at times, frustrated, and like something’s wrong with you. It’s no wonder that you become anxious about it. You get angry or frustrated that it’s there. You think you ‘should’ be able to snap out of it. Sadness, anxiety, anger or frustration, and even shame and guilt are interconnected. In fact, depression and anxiety often go hand-in-hand. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, or CBT, is the gold-standard of treatment for these and many other issues to implement practical strategies in your life for a lasting impact.
As a counsellor who provides counselling for depression, I know it can be a confusing issue. Many people don’t understand that you can’t just ‘snap out of it’. There’s no overnight solution. But, you should know that you are not alone. There are options available to you. There is hope for living your best life.
If you are dealing with depression it can be difficult to know what to do or where to go for help. A trusted therapist can help you with your situation. When working with clients, I take an approach that meets you where you are at in your unique journey.
Start where you are
When feeling depressed people can often isolate, which can make depressive symptoms worse. Choose to take a step out of that today. Reach out to a counsellor who can teach you about the symptoms of depression, and learn ways to combat them.
Difficult emotions can be tough to walk through, and you don’t have to face them alone. As a therapist, I work with you to talk through your feelings, experience healing, and work towards living an emotionally healed life with practical coping strategies.
Many times someone who hasn’t walked through depression doesn’t know how to help. Friends and family mean well, and are very important, but they are not trained nor objective. They can say that very thing that doesn’t help at all. Or, they have the expectation that you simply “get over it.” That’s not how true depression works. I take a different approach. I meet you exactly where you are at, without any judgement. You are welcome here. In fact, then we can journey together towards healing. I understand how taxing depression can be on your energy, emotions, well-being, motivation, relationships, performance, and overall life. Sometimes it’s not easy to “snap out of it.” Depression can be so gripping that it paralyzes you or grips you so intensely that you can’t get the energy to take the next step.
Let’s work together either online or in Kelowna, British Columbia to help you develop an understanding of the dynamics of your specific circumstances, and build the support and skills needed to continue moving forward in your life.
Highly recommend Barb! Very easy to speak with and effective at helping you understand how you can take action to to bring about positive life changes and to move past areas in life where you may feel a little ‘stuck’ “
I like how interactive our sessions are with exercises, materials to look at for a visual, and homework to complete and debrief together. The flexible hours allow me to take some power back over my schedule so that I am not as spread thin, but more fulfilled!
I am able to engage and connect in a very authentic way in our Online sessions. I actually feel like I can be more open and vulnerable, leading to more self-awareness and growth.
I love this option for my schedule with my sport. It can be difficult to balance school, work, practice, training, games, travel, and a social life. I am able to have my sessions in the evenings. I can also check in before big game weekends so that I feel confident and in the right headspace to perform.
At first I was skeptical of Online Counselling. However, I love the flexibility for my family and schedule. I’ve created a spot in my home, with my tea, and look forward to this time that I may not otherwise be able to fit in. It has made such a difference in my life and for my family’s life!