Depression Counselling

Depression Counselling

Strategies to improve your mood!

Depression is a prevalent mental health concern.  No one goes looking for depression; it finds you and you have to do your best to cope.  Understanding what depression is,  where your individual depression stems from, and learning cognitive, behavioural and lifestyle tools and strategies to best manage it are some of the benefits you can gain in counselling. Depression can affect anyone. Research shows most people experience at least one depressive episode in their life span.  Here are some of the factors that can play a role:

Genetics:

  • If someone in the family has suffered from depression it is more likely that another family member will as well.

Personality:

  • When individuals have a low self-esteem, stressed and overwhelmed easily they are more likely to develop a form of depression.

Biochemistry:

  • Changes in brain hormones can also cause an individual to develop depression

Traumatic Events:

  • People who are exposed to traumatic events such as loss, neglect, abuse and more can be more subject to depression

The counselling process will help individuals learn how their personal depression works,  how to overcome it, and
how to understand the triggers that lead to a depressive episode before they happen. The counselling process is customizable for your own unique needs.

Types of Depression

Depression is a very common and serious mental concern that many Canadians suffer from. Approximately 5% of Canadians suffer from some type of depression. There are different types of depression that people can be subject to:

  • Major Depression
  • Persistent Depression
  • Bipolar
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Post-Partum Depression (Scroll down to read more)
  • Situational Depression

When we start start to experience mood swings depression counselling can help. Having an internal sense of control helps to regulate big mood swings and stabilize our ups and downs. When seeking counselling for depression it is important you you receive the right tools to handle depression. Here at Julie Lewis Counselling and Consulting Inc. individuals can expect to see (but not limited to) these types of therapy tools in sessions:

CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)

DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy)

Stress Management

For more information about how our counselling process works, call us today 705-735-9107.

Depression is very common among Canadians, knowing if you or someone close to you is suffering from depression can be very difficult to face. Click the link below to learn more.

Depression and Postpartum Counselling

Postpartum

Counselling for Postpartum

Treatment for postpartum depression is highly effective. We offer supportive counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), stress management and other strategies to help Moms reduce the impact of, and work through, their postpartum depression.

In our office we understand that leaving your baby with a sitter or finding child care can be difficult. If you think you are suffering from post-postpartum depression and want to come to counselling, we highly recommend bringing baby along. Newborn babies are more than welcome in the session up until they start cruising (crawling/walking) as then it becomes a distraction for Mom. Mom’s are also welcome to breastfeed at any time during the session without having to feel uncomfortable. There is also a spot in the office for diaper changing (please bring plastic bag and changing mat with you as we do not have diaper disposal in our office).

 

Pregnancy and birth are usually a time for celebration for women. However, due to the changes in body, lifestyle and mindset, this can also lead to a decrease in mental health. 

It is natural in the first few days after delivery for women to experience mood fluctuations as their hormones
realign.  These feelings of the “baby blues” are often gone within the first 10 days after delivery.  

However, some women experience deep, painful, long lasting depression which is known as postpartum depression.  These Moms often feel like bad mothers, some find it hard to connect emotionally with their babies, and they often find it hard to seek help.

Postpartum depression has not always been recognized as a real concern; hence it continues to be under-reported, and under-treated. Research shows that the sooner the condition is diagnosed, the more effective the treatment.

Signs of Postpartum:

  • Insomnia
  • Exhaustion
  • Excessive sleeping but still feeling exhausted
  • Loss of sexual interest 
  • Feelings of guilt
  • Crying spells without obvious cause
  • Anger
  • Poor concentration/memory
  • Difficulty finishing tasks (ie laundry, dishes etc.)

For more information about our Postpartum Depression counselling please call us 705-735-9107. 

** If you are experiencing sucidial ideations, or thoughts of self harm please go to your nearest emergency room. **