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  • Writer's pictureDr. Sophia Aguirre, Ph.D., CGP, FAGPA

Therapy for Depression: What to Expect and How to Find the Right Treatment for You

Depression is a common mental health condition that can affect anyone, regardless of age, race, or gender. It is characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and worthlessness. Depression can make it difficult to function at work, school, or in relationships. It’s also fairly common: the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 18.5 percent of American adults had symptoms of depression in any given 2-week period in 2019.

Signs & Symptoms of Depression

It’s important to realize that feeling down at times is a normal part of life. Sad and upsetting events happen to everyone. But if you’re feeling down or hopeless on a regular basis, you could be dealing with depression. If you experience some of the following signs and of depression nearly every day for at least 2 weeks, you may be living with depression:

  • feeling sad, anxious, or “empty”

  • feeling hopeless, worthless, and pessimistic

  • crying a lot

  • feeling bothered, annoyed, or angry

  • loss of interest in hobbies and interests you once enjoyed

  • decreased energy or fatigue

  • difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions

  • moving or talking more slowly

  • difficulty sleeping, early morning awakening, or oversleeping

  • appetite or weight changes

  • chronic physical pain with no clear cause that does not get better with treatment (headaches, aches or pains, digestive problems, cramps)

  • thoughts of death, suicide, self-harm, or suicide attempts

If you are struggling with depression, it is important to seek professional help. Therapy is one of the most effective treatments for depression. There are many different types of therapy that can be helpful for depression, so it is important to find a therapist who is a good fit for you.


Types of Therapy of Depression

There are many different types of therapy that can be helpful for depression. Therapy can help you to understand your depression, develop coping skills, and improve your quality of life. Some of the most common types of therapy for depression include:

  • Interpersonal therapy (IPT): IPT is a type of therapy that focuses on your relationships with other people. IPT can help you to understand how your relationships may be contributing to your depression and how to improve them.

  • Psychodynamic therapy: Psychodynamic therapy is a type of therapy that focuses on your unconscious thoughts and feelings. Psychodynamic therapy can help you to understand the root causes of your depression and how to overcome them.

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT is a type of therapy that focuses on changing the way you think about yourself and the world around you. CBT can help you to identify negative thought patterns and replace them with more positive ones.

  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) is similar to CBT, but puts a specific emphasis on validation, or accepting uncomfortable thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, instead of fighting them. The theory is that by coming to terms with your harmful thoughts or emotions, you can accept that change is possible and make a recovery plan.

The best type of therapy for you will depend on your individual needs and preferences. It is important to talk to your therapist about your expectations for therapy and what you hope to achieve.


Seeking Therapy for Depression

If you are struggling with depression, it is important to seek professional help. The Aguirre Center for Inclusive Psychotherapy provides individual therapy, group therapy, and relationship therapy which can help you address your struggles with depression. If you are ready to start your healing your journey you can get started through any of the steps below:

  1. Visit our Getting Started Page to request an appointment with one of our talented therapists.

  2. Learn more about our team of therapists and contact one of our therapists directly if you resonate with what they share on their profiles.

  3. Review our Frequently Asked Questions page to learn more about what you can expect about the services we offer.

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