Do I need therapy for depression?
Do you feel lost, stuck, or hopeless? Are your thoughts constantly weighing you down? Have you noticed changes in your appetite, your weight, or your sleep? Do you struggle to find motivation, energy, or purpose?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you might be struggling with depression – and I am here for you.
Depression is one of the most common mental health issues in the U.S. — more than 1 in 10 adults meet criteria, according to the CDC (2019). Unfortunately, this also means that many people miss the warning signs of a depressive episode, such as:
* Severe depression can sometimes result in having thoughts of suicide and self-harm. If you or a loved one are experiencing thoughts of suicide or self-harm, seek professional help immediately by calling 911, and contact me as soon as possible to get treatment.
My name is Sarah Hart, MA, and I provide psychotherapy (also called counseling) for teens and adults from all over the Portland, Oregon area because no one should have to do this alone. If you are ready to go ahead and get started, please contact me today. To learn more about how psychotherapy can help, read on!
How will psychotherapy help with depression?
Once it starts, depression makes itself worse.
As you feel less motivated and have less pleasure in life, you might also become less hopeful and less socially connected. As you lose connection with others and isolate, you may even begin to believe that no one cares, that you are truly alone.
Over time, depression can keep people from doing even the most necessary tasks, such as hygiene and cooking. These issues can severely affect one’s ability to function, connect with others, and be healthy.
To make matters worse, many people with depression try to “numb” themselves by using television, food, video games, and other distractions to try to make themselves feel better – but ultimately, their emotional needs go unmet.
This creates a terrible cycle, one that therapists refer to as the “downward spiral” of depression.
Therapy for depression helps people break free from the cycle. Therapists provide encouragement and support to get your body reengaged and active, boost feelings of purpose and meaning, and restore your sense of wellbeing.
You don’t have to do this alone. If you or a loved one are struggling with depression, let me help. I have helped hundreds of people break free from depression, and I would love to work with you.
Contact me today to get started!
What does therapy for depression look like with Sarah Hart?
No matter how bad things might seem, you can regain a sense of control and freedom. I believe that, with the right support, anyone can overcome life’s challenges – including you.
My sessions are entirely confidential and held in the comfort of my Portland office. I work hard to create a safe space where you can share without fear of judgment or criticism because I know how difficult it can be to ask for help.
Our first meeting is called the intake interview, during which I will ask you questions about your story to get a sense of what might be contributing to the problem. This also gives us a chance to get to know each other and answer any questions you might have before moving forward with therapy.
There is no “one size fits all” approach to treatment, which is why I use techniques from several therapeutic modalities into my practice to provide the help and healing you need. I primarily draw from Gestalt, Narrative Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS), and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). This allows me to use a flexible, multifaceted approach to understand and address your symptoms of depression.
As you begin therapy, you can learn how to:
- Make sense of your unique story
- Have self-awareness and control
- Understand your thoughts and emotions
- Use self-compassion and acceptance
- Make progress towards your goals and aspirations
- Deal with thoughts of self-harm and suicide
- Think positively and be mindful
- Be active and have energy
- Cope with stress and worry
- Rediscover your sense of purpose and direction
You can learn to notice your thoughts and become aware of your inner experiences without letting them control your life. I work to boost your quality of life by bolstering inner strengths, shifting old and unhelpful patterns, and teaching useful skills that can help you achieve your goals.
You deserve a life free from the hurt and the hopelessness. You deserve a chance at wellness, a chance to pursue your goals. And I believe that, together, we can make that happen.
Interested? Let’s Work Together!
Interested in hearing more about my practice? Want to learn more about me and my story? Check out my About Me page! My hope is that you feel welcome and encouraged as you look through my site so that, when you are ready, we can begin your wellness journey.
Want to learn more about how I can help? I would love to hear from you. Click on Contact in the menu above!
In addition to therapy for depression, I also help teens and adults with:
- Autism (individuals and those who love them)
- Relationship problems
- Major life transitions
- Grief and loss
- Stress management
- And much more!
Phone Number: 503 967 9767
Office Address: 2931 Northeast Broadway Street | Top Floor | Portland, Oregon 97212