Depression therapy London ON

Everyone has experienced a bad day or week, but when that bad week begins to spread throughout your life, you may be suffering from depression. 

Depression affects nearly 1 in 8 Canadians at some point in their lives and can look different for everyone. For many, there’s a feeling of sadness or numbness that simply won’t go away. At Gibson & Associates, we believe that every individual has the innate ability to cope with challenges such as these feelings, however, sometimes experiences from our past make it difficult to heal.

If you’ve been struggling with depression, you don’t need to face this alone. To learn more about how we can help, contact us today to discuss depression therapy options with an experienced member of our team.

What Is Depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that affects a person’s thoughts and feelings. It is often long-lasting and not something that can be simply willed away. Depression can be triggered by a major life event, such as the death of a loved one, losing a job, moving cities, the end of a relationship, or being diagnosed with an illness. A change does not have to be a bad change to trigger depression, happy life events, like a new baby or new job, can also cause depression. Sometimes, nothing happens to trigger depression, it just comes out of the blue. 

No matter what the cause or how long you’ve been dealing with depression, we can help. Depression counselling can help to manage your symptoms and start feeling like yourself again. 

Symptoms Of Depression

Depression looks different for everyone, however, there are often many similarities among people dealing with depression. All of these may not apply to you, but if you resonate with a mix of the following, you may be suffering from depression.

• A general feeling of sadness, emptiness, or numbness

• Feeling hopeless or worthless

• Feeling irritable, tearful, or restless

• Loss of interest in things you used to enjoy

• Decreased energy and an overall feeling of fatigue or tiredness 

• Difficulty concentrating or making decisions

• Difficulty falling asleep, getting up in the morning, or sleeping all the time

• Unexplained headaches, body aches, or stomach upsets

• Thoughts of death or suicide attempts 

When To Seek Professional Counselling For Depression

If you’ve been suffering from some or all of the symptoms above nearly every day for at least two to three weeks, you could be depressed and should seek support from a professional. The earlier treatment begins, the more effective it can be. 

Depression is not “feeling blue” and is not something a person can simply “snap out of”. It is a serious mental health condition that affects a person’s day-to-day life. Depression can interfere with a person’s work, school, and relationships and can affect both the person with depression and their family and friends. If you’re finding depression and its symptoms are affecting your life, connect with us to start depression counselling today.

How Does Depression Counselling Help?

There is no one-size-fits-all approach for treating depression. Just as depressive symptoms look different for everyone, so does treatment. The good news is there are many options available and working with an experienced practitioner is a great start.

Psychotherapy, often just referred to as therapy, is one of the most common ways to treat depression. Under the umbrella of therapy, there are many different approaches a counsellor can use to help a patient overcome their depressive symptoms. When you meet with a professional to begin depression therapy, they will get to know you and your symptoms, and together, you can decide which approach is the best fit for you. At Gibson & Associates, we work with several different therapeutic approaches such as: 

CBT – Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

CBT is a type of talk therapy that helps you break down overwhelming thoughts and feelings into smaller, approachable parts. Through CBT, you and your therapist start to understand complex problems in manageable pieces and develop strategies to overcome them. 

EMDR Therapy

EMDR combines talk therapy with external stimulation to support your brain in working through traumatic events. This type of therapy is often used to treat depression that may stem from past trauma or underlying life events. 

IFS – Internal Family Systems 

Through IFS therapy, you and your counsellor will identify different aspects of you and your personality and work to build harmony between these different parts of you. By building awareness of your whole self, you can start to feel like the most authentic version of yourself. 

In-Person Vs. Online Depression Therapy

No matter your location in Ontario, we can help you overcome your depression. For people in the London, Ontario area, we offer in-person sessions at our office. However, we also offer online depression counselling to support patients across Ontario. 

Online counselling is a safe, convenient method to receive treatment in the comfort of your own home. All our virtual sessions are compliant with Ontario’s Privacy Health Information Protection Act (PHIPA) and the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA).

If in-person sessions aren’t the best fit for you, our virtual counselling appointments allow for safe, confidential, and effective counselling to make sure you have access to the help you need.

No matter where you are in Ontario, we can help. Contact us today to get started.

You Don’t Have To Do This Alone, We Can Help

Depression can be overwhelming and make you feel like there’s no end in sight, but we’re here to help. Through in-person or online sessions, we can work together to overcome your challenges and help you feel like yourself again. If you’re ready to take the next step, book an appointment with us, and we’ll connect with you to discuss our process and treatment options.