How Does Counseling Help Me Understand My Depression?

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Dealing with Depression

According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), approximately 25 percent of adults in the United States struggle with depression, anxiety, or both. In any given year, roughly 7 percent of American adults live with depression. Approximately 18 percent live with anxiety.

The NIMH also states that an even more significant number of teens struggle with mental health, ages 12-18. Studies estimate that more than half of those living with anxiety and depression receive no help. 

Here at John Nichols Psychotherapy, I am dedicated to providing you with the support you need to manage your mental health. There is no need for you to handle it alone. 

How Can My Psychotherapist Help Me Navigate Depression?

First of all, let’s talk about what psychotherapy is. According to, “Psychotherapy is a general term that is used to describe the process of treating psychological disorders and mental distress through the use of verbal and psychological techniques.” 

The techniques used by your psychotherapist may include: 

  • Behavioral Therapy. Behavioral therapy often uses classical conditioning, operant conditioning, and social learning to help clients alter problematic behaviors.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. The cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) approach is a psychotherapeutic treatment that helps patients understand the thoughts and feelings that influence their behaviors. Therefore, CBT works to treat various conditions, such as phobias, addiction, depression, and anxiety. CBT involves cognitive and behavioral techniques to change negative thoughts and maladaptive behaviors. 
  • Cognitive Therapy. The goal of cognitive therapy is to identify cognitive distortions. These distortions are what cause negative thoughts. It helps to replace such thoughts with more realistic and positive ones. By doing so, people can improve their moods and well-being. Cognitive therapy comes from the idea that our thoughts have a powerful influence on our minds.
  • Humanistic Therapy. The humanistic approach to psychotherapy focuses on helping people maximize their potential. Also, it stresses the importance of self-exploration, free will, and self-actualization.
  • Psychoanalytic Therapy. This psychoanalytic approach involves delving into the thoughts and past experiences of the patient. Consequently, this helps seek out unconscious thoughts, feelings, and memories that may influence behavior.

What Can I Expect To Happen During My Counseling Appointments?

The bottom line is this: Individual therapy is all about you!

During your first therapy session, you and I will set goals and plan a course for your therapy. The length of time you will be in therapy will depend on your goals and how hard you are willing to work. Therapy can be very effective and very rewarding, but it does involve work on both of our parts. Therefore, I promise to give you my very best 100% of the time; be ready to make that same promise to yourself.

In conclusion, at John Nichols Psychotherapy, I help you get to where you have decided you want to go. Here you will find a space where you can share your story and discover strategies for your growth. Call me at (615) 448-5800 to discuss how we can start your healing journey today!

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