Depression is often a physical, mental and emotional response to the suppression of emotions. At some point in our lives we all experience feelings of sadness, grief, loss of desire or stress in response to specific situations and these feelings resolve in a relatively short period of time. Depression, however, occurs when feelings of sadness, worthlessness, hopelessness, guilt, despair, or shame persist overtime and/or interfere with daily living. People who experience regular or chronic depression might also experience physical symptoms such as: insomnia, oversleeping, significant changes in weight, fatigue, difficulty making decisions, loss of desire to participate in things that were once found enjoyable, thoughts of suicide, or chronic pain. Experiences of depression range from a moderate disturbance to severe debilitation. Depression can present in a variety of forms and does not resolve without treatment.
Underneath depression are immobilized emotions of sadness, anger and/or fear. Depression most often arrises as a result of a disturbing life experience(s) and the suppression of emotions associated with that disturbing experience(s).
As a psychotherapist, I work alongside the client to achieve relief in the present moment and reduce suffering overtime. This therapeutic approach is a collaborative, caring process of body-centered psychotherapy in which the client participates in feeling the sensations of their body, identifies emotions, names any attachments or associations with those emotions, and allows stored emotions to move through the body, thereby offering relief. An integrated process using several treatment therapies may include: psychological education, somatic therapy, mindfulness, nature therapy, and EMDR therapy.