Counseling for Depression
"Right now, don't try to get rid of depression. Just listen as the moment sings its song of constant change." -- Jeff Foster
In my counseling practice, I offer a welcoming space where we can begin to investigate, with kindness, what our actual experience of depression is, and how we can work more skillfully with it.
I decided to write a separate page about depression, because it is one of the most commonly reported experiences in my office. Whether clinical, circumstantial, or otherwise, most of us have experienced some form of depression or we know somebody else who is living with it.
In my practice, I use person-centered counseling, mindfulness skills, and self-compassion practices to help others strip away the layers of suffering on top of depression. Suffering often takes the form of self-judgment and shame for experiencing depression. It can be helpful to see depression as part of our common humanity, rather than a personal pathology.
Using the RAIN meditation practice (Recognize-Allow-Investigate (with intimacy)-Nurture with Self-Compassion) may be a helpful tool in your work with depression, and I offer this practice in my counseling sessions when appropriate.
I also rely on modern neuroscience to help us understand depression more, and identify practical skills to rewire the brain toward a more balanced and content life.
I offer counseling for depression at my Hillsborough office. If you would like to schedule a free consultation, please call or send me an email.