If you’re reading this, you may be wondering or already know you have depression. You’re feeling low. Some days, getting out of bed is hard because you have no energy or motivation. You try to get going and do what you need to, but you can’t. Then, you get angry at yourself. That makes you feel worse.

If that sounds like you, it’s good to know there is help and ways to reduce the pain you carry.

Counselling for Depression Takes Commitment

The good news is that most types of depression are treatable. But it takes time and commitment. And our therapists understand that and are here to help you through the process.

Common Symptoms of Depression

  • guilt, self-blame

  • anxious, impatient or irritable

  • body tension

  • headaches

  • tiredness, fatigue

  • procrastination

  • sad or feeling nothing, ‘numb.’

  • difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep

  • avoiding and isolating

  • low self-esteem

  • being hard on yourself

  • negative thoughts

  • suicidal thoughts

  • feeling worthless

  • pessimistic

  • difficulty communicating what you want

  • low energy, low motivation

  • difficulty trusting

  • hopeless

  • recalling painful memories

  • difficulty making decisions

  • unable to maintain your interest or focus

  • difficulty communicating what you want or need

It May Be Time to Seek Depression Therapy

If you have any of these symptoms of depression for an extended period and then you may need to seek help. Dealing with depression doesn’t have to be a life sentence. There are effective treatments.  Our therapists can help you find what works for you.

Common Types of Depression we Treat

People vary in how they are impacted by depression because people experience different types of this illness. Here are the main types of depression.

Our Approach to Depression Therapy

Is There an Effective Treatment for Depression?

The good news is that with decades of research into this very debilitating illness, counselling helps people work through their depression.

If you’re dealing with depression, you may believe or been told that ‘you just need to push yourself’ or ‘be more positive’ or other advice that doesn’t really help. What we know today is that the causes of depression are chemical, physiological and neurological in nature.

One theory is that depression is based on chemical changes in the brain that directly affect mood and thinking patterns. And we can all understand how powerful specific chemicals can be in changing our thoughts and mood, just think of someone drinking alcohol, or someone who’s smoking marijuana. The changes are obvious.

Depression is caused by a decrease in chemical in the brain—neurochemicals—that are involved in managing mood. And for some people using antidepressant medication combined with talk therapy has a high success rate. But, antidepressants are not for everyone.

Another major theory that has had a lot of success how are thoughts–how and what we think about–affects us. And this is where therapy can really make a difference for you. We know that there are specific styles of thinking that can create a depressed mood.

Most of us have had that experience where we found ourselves stuck in negative thoughts about something and felt the downward pull on our mood and outlook. For people who aren’t depressed, they’re able to notice negative thoughts, shift their thinking and pull themselves out of a sinking mood. What’s different for depression is that those thoughts dominate your thinking. The leads to low mood. Low mood leads to more negative thoughts.

Another way that our thoughts can lead to a depressed state is how we talk to ourselves. Being critical of yourself or having unrealistic expectation of yourself creates disappointment. Even if you get angry at yourself, it just doesn’t work. And you feel a whole lot worse. So understanding and changing the negative ways you view yourself has a positive impact on how you feel.

How Depression Therapy Makes a Difference

Where therapy really makes a difference is by looking at the way you experience challenges and problems in your life, and how you talk to yourself. Therapy teaches you how to become more self-aware, gain insights and learn how to apply effective strategies for change what is negative. In addition we look at other factors that contribute to long-term positive changes. Research has shown that strengthening your social connects is a significant positive effect. In addition, reseach has shown that quality of sleep, diet, and physical activity, contribute to improved mood. We work with you strengthen these positive factors in your life.

The Team at My Winnipeg Therapy are trained to help you with these specific aspects of depression treatment. Therapy helps incorporate new ways of thinking and feeling which alleviates symptoms of depression. And therapy helps you prevent it from coming back full force.

Weakening depression’s hold on you opens up ways to do more that is good for you. This means improving your mood, increasing your energy, and reclaiming your interest in doing things.

If you’re ready for change remember that it takes time. It’s work. You’ll need to attend sessions regularly. With that, real change for you can happen.

How do I start counselling for depression in Winnipeg?

If you’re ready to start counselling for depression, we’re ready to help you. You can book online, fill out the online form, or call us. Our Client Care Coordinator can answer your questions, see if one of our therapists might be a good fit, or help you start as soon as possible.

Other Services Offered at My Winnipeg Therapist

In addition to counselling for depression, My Winnipeg Therapist also offers a variety of mental health services. Our therapists offer specialized counselling for men and male youth, relationship counselling, marriage counselling, anxiety treatment, PTSD treatment and trauma counselling, and low self-esteem counselling. Contact our Winnipeg counselling clinic today to get the help you need to move forward with confidence.