Supportive Counseling for Depression in Austin, Texas
At Relationships Matter Austin, our licensed counselors provide a compassionate environment for you to work through life’s challenges.
Have you been experiencing feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness or guilt?
Is it a struggle to get out of bed each morning?
Do you feel less interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed?
Do you feel fatigue or loss of energy?
You are not alone. Depression affects more than 20 million people in the USA.
At times, everyone feels depressed. It’s a normal emotional response to life’s challenges like the death of a family member or the loss of a job. However, if those emotions become so persistent that they prevent you from normal functioning, you might want to consider counseling.
We can help you learn to identify your personal warning signs of depression so that you can recognize them and decrease the chance of another depressive episode.
We offer individualized counseling tailored to what you are needing. It is important to discover what triggered your depression and know the warning signs that it is coming on, so you can intervene with coping skills that work for you. Each person is unique and we can help you have more understanding about what brings on these feelings of sadness and hopeless, so you can feel empowered!
Let our experts in depression counseling help you identify the things in your life that normally keep your mood positive and encourage you to reengage in your healthy activities.
When we are experiencing depression it feels like we are in a fog and it’s difficult to remember the coping skills we have used before in our life. Our counselors are there to support you on this journey to feeling better again. Sometimes we need someone to remind us of what once worked for us or help us identify habits and behaviors that get in the way of our happiness.
You don’t have to go through this alone. At Relationships Matter Austin, there is support from licensed clinicians. You are worth getting the support you need!
We are here to help support you and give you a safe space where you can discuss your concerns without worrying about judgment. We can also help you learn how to talk with the people in your life effectively about what you are experiencing so that you can feel more comfortable being around others. Sometimes family or friends don’t know the best way to help or what you are needing. Other times they may lack the skills to deal with what you are telling them. You can learn to identify who the helpful people in your life are and can be trusted with your vulnerable thoughts and feelings.
Depression Counseling- Frequently Asked Questions
Do I really need counseling?
Depression is not the same as sadness or grief, which usually result from loss. While they may cause somewhat similar feelings, counseling for depression can help you identify the causes of your emotions and process them appropriately. We can get stuck in patterns that can prolong and intensify our feelings of sadness and hopeless. It can be helpful to get a professional’s perspective as it is hard to see our way out on our own.
If you determine that your depression is actually grief or sadness, our therapists can help you recover from that too.
How can counseling help me with my depression?
Often when we are experiencing depression, we tend to isolate ourselves. Counseling can give you a safe and comforting place to talk about what it going on and that’s all about supporting you. Unlike social situations, you don’t have to worry about keeping up appearances. You can feel free to be vulnerable and let out all that you’ve been holding in. We understand and are here to listen.
We can help you recognize unhelpful thinking patterns, assess their validity and engage in alternative and healthier ways of thinking so you can start to feel better.
Do I have to take medication or will you make me?
We are here to support you. We work in partnership with you and would never make you do anything. We want to create a safe place where trust is a priority. We are happy to discuss if medications might help you, but we will also honor if you do not want to pursue this option. We honor your boundaries around this issue. You have a voice in your counseling and we want you to let us know what you are and are not comfortable with.
If you are wondering and have questions about medications, we are happy to discuss this with you. We are counselors and are not licensed to prescribe medications, but we are happy to give you referrals for those who can-psychiatrists and primary care physicians.
Start the journey toward feeling better today! Let us help you gain more positive, healthy methods of handling negative thoughts, emotions, and stressors.
“That’s the thing about depression: A human being can survive almost anything, as long as she sees the end in sight. But depression is so insidious—and it compounds daily—making it impossible to ever see the end. That fog is like a cage without a key.” -Elizabeth Wurtzel
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