Depression Therapy Boulder
Takeaway: Depression can create a sense of stagnation, hindering your overall well-being. Common manifestations can include persistent sadness, lack of motivation, and isolation. The good news is that with the help of a skilled depression therapist in Boulder, you can break free from these patterns. Experience a renewed sense of vitality, connection, and inner peace. Begin your journey toward healing today.
Depression and anxiety disorders are considered two of the most common reasons why clients seek mental health support. And to make things worse, they often go hand in hand. The term "depression," in Latin, literally means to be pressed down, and in 1500c was understood as the "sinking of our spirits." Understood in this way, depression can feel like the connection to our inner light, or authentic selves, is dimmed, or gone altogether.
Healing depression with a holistic therapist can result in reconnecting with a part of our soul that has left due to trauma, grief, loss, and other difficult life circumstances. By interweaving meditation, mindfulness, energy healing, and Buddhist psychotherapy practices, we can help you reclaim your empowerment, hope, and focus.
Learn more about Soul Essence Psychotherapy's unique approach and how we can help you alleviate difficult emotions and gain your life back today.
Does this sound like you?
You feel burnt out by your own thoughts and feel unsure of how to trust yourself.
You go through cycles of motivation, but can't stick to a routine and stay motivated. This causes you to feel shameful and overwhelmed.
Sometimes it's hard to wake up because existing day-to-day feels heavy and blurry.
It's hard to find inspiration and trust that things will get better.
Responding to calls and texts and communicating with other people is difficult.
You feel sad, struggle with self-care, and have low self-worth.
You long for things to get better, but have tried many things and nothing sticks.
If so, you might be struggling with depression.
Depression exists on a spectrum, but clinical depression is often diagnosed when someone is suffering from some of the thoughts and beliefs listed above. Additionally, depression can be the result of a difficult event in the present, or due to a circumstance in the past that was never addressed or healed.
Often, healing depression symptoms from the root starts with finding a depression treatment therapist who can explore your past and present life in top out your unique skills and beliefs and put together an aligned treatment plan.
Let's look a little bit more closely at what depression is and when to seek treatment.
From a holistic perspective, depression is often when we lose our spark for our lives. We lack joy, gratitude, and purpose, and this causes us to suffer in our relationships, careers, and everyday functioning. People experiencing severe depression might struggle with panic attacks, suicidal ideation, substance abuse issues, and other mental health challenges as well.
Treating depression holistically often requires looking deeply at our thoughts and beliefs and bringing compassion, and tenderness to old wounds that might have been created through traumatic experiences.
Common depression symptoms
We all experience sadness, but it is often fleeting and does not get in the way of everyday functioning. To be diagnosed with major depression, certain criteria must met. Some symptoms typical of a depression diagnosis are:
Feelings of hopelessness, sadness, and emptiness
Anxiety, restlessness, or racing thoughts
Difficulty eating or overeating past the point of fullness
Trouble concentrating, making decisions, or remembering information
Lack of energy and motivation
Feelings of guilt, shame, or unworthiness
Disinterest in activities that were once normal to you (I.E. hobbies, sports, connecting with others)
Disengaged with self-care and maintaining personal hygiene
Insomnia or hypersomnia
Suicidal thoughts or thoughts of death with or without a specific plan
In Tove clinical depression, or to be diagnosed with major depressive disorder, you must have five of the above symptoms in a two-week period.
When treating depression in Boulder for adolescents, we also assess for school attendance, exposure to psychosocial stress, completion of coursework, social skills, and self-esteem in comparison to classmates.
Major depression counseling from a holistic mindset doesn't have to be overwhelming. Working with a mental health counselor can dramatically treat and alleviate sadness and get you and your loved ones on the path to recovery and healing. You deserve to find your spark again, and we can do that, together.
Meet Xandra Hawes | Boulder depression therapist
In high school, I struggled severely with depression. After trying three different medications, my mother sought out a spiritual counselor who helped me understand that much of my sadness was my sensitivity and disempowered empathy. Part of learning how to deal with my sadness was becoming aware of my thoughts and feelings, and learning how to retrain my brain to see myself as loveable, empowered, and enough. I learned that there was another side to my empathic gifts - intuition! Through spiritual counseling, I began choosing better habits and better friendships, which accelerated my personal growth.
Depression counseling combined with mindfulness, energy healing, and meditation can make a world of difference. Learn more about how we can shift your life together.
Our approach to depression treatment in Boulder
We specialize in helping sensitive, empathic, and intuitive people who are struggling with depression tap into their soul essence so they can thrive. We do this by addressing where self-doubt, fear, anxiety, and overwhelm exist in your current life, and we make a map to understand what is past-related versus happening in the present time. Often, if nothing in your current life "should" be causing you to feel depressed, we gently explore how old feelings, experiences, and inner knowings might be surfacing from unprocessed, difficult life experiences.
We often work with people who identify as Buddhists or Starseeds, and if this is you, we can also explore past life history if you are aware of other lives you may have lived that might be impacting you in the present time.
Who our depression treatment is for
Our clients are diverse in terms of gender identity, culture, age, and sexual orientation. But all of them identify as sensitive, empathic, or intuitive beings who are invested in personal growth and long to reconnect to their authentic selves.
We specialize in working with:
Highly Sensitive People (HSPs) - Being highly sensitive to your environment can cause you to isolate, avoid healthy activities, or misinterpret other people's actions, words, or intentions. HSPs often become overwhelmed easily, struggle to put down boundaries, and access their own self-care needs.
Empaths - There are two types of empaths: disempowered and empowered. Often, disempowered empaths can struggle with depression if they feel trapped in their feelings and emotions and feel unable to speak their needs or designate healthy boundaries. Disempowered empathy can feel burdensome, as empaths often match the energy of the people around them in toderstand their environment. Hence, when we treat depression in an empath, we take a clear look at your support system, relationships, and the people you surround yourself with.
Psychic Adolescents - It is incredibly difficult for young, intuitive adolescents to feel completely met if they do not have the right tools and support system to support their gifts and extra sensitivities. Feelings of isolation, loneliness, unworthiness, or shame can occur from feeling different, which can also cause difficulty in concentration, low motivation in school, eating disorders, and substance issues.
FAQs about therapy for depression Boulder Co
What is ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) and would that help my depression?
KAP is gaining in popularity and has been proven to help many people suffering from Persistent Depressive Disorder, also known as Dysthymia. If you are interested in this type of treatment, contacting a licensed therapist trained in KAP in Boulder Co is a great first step. To learn more, google "Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Boulder."
What if I have multiple mental health issues?
Depression can often go hand in hand with other mental disorders. Some common co-occurring disorders are anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, ADHD, and other health issues or medical conditions. It is okay to be suffering from more than one mental health issue, however, they might share the same root issue.
Do I need medication?
Answer: Deciding whether to pursue medication for clinical depression is a deeply personal decision and is not mandatory to recover from depression. Therapists do not prescribe medications, but we often work in tandem and coordinate care with nurse practitioners and psychiatrists.
Is it worth going to therapy for depression?
One of the hardest parts about depression is feeling good enough and trusting that life can get better. Working with a therapist who has healed from depression and can teach you new skills and help you regain your authentic self can completely shift your life. Choosing to start counseling is a personal decision and the outcome is not guaranteed, but if you go into it with an open heart and a desire to shift your life, your outcome for recovery significantly increases.
What are the best types of therapy for depression treatment?
Common modalities that are used for treating depression are CBT, DBT, Interpersonal Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Therapy. At Soul Essence Psychotherapy, we blend different modalities to create treatment plans unique to our clients. We believe that meditation, mindfulness, and understanding the connection between your thoughts, feelings, and actions are crucial for changing the way you experience your life.
How do I know which type of therapy is right for me?
There is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy, and research shows that the quality of the connection to the therapist is just as important as the type of therapy. We suggest setting up consultation calls with several therapists to ask questions about their experience and to also share your goals to find someone who is best aligned to support you. We offer free, 30-minute consultation calls to make sure we have enough time to accurately assess how we might be able to help based on your unique situation.
Find peace with your mental health through holistic depression therapy in Boulder.
We are here to support your mind, body, and soul on this journey. You deserve healing and to live a life filled with purpose, joy, confidence, and self-trust.