Life is challenging and it’s perfectly normal to feel down from time to time. Our culture can imply that we should be “having fun” and “enjoying our life” all the time. These days, social media can certainly help us buy into that myth. In actuality, it is unrealistic to be “happy” day in and day out and it can be harmful to hold on to that ideal. However, clinical depression is different than the usual ups and downs we all experience in life. It is a deep sense of despair and a hopelessness that can cause pain and suffering.

Depression can lead to feeling overwhelmed, making it difficult or even seemingly impossible to manage common responsibilities like work, school, relationships and maintaining good health. It’s when we are overwhelmed by feelings of sadness, emptiness or irritability for more than a couple of weeks – and those feelings interfere with functioning – that it’s important to reach out to a psychotherapist. The good news is that depression is treatable and many therapeutic approaches can be profoundly helpful when administered skillfully.

Using therapy to treat depression may help you regain, or find for the first time, your sense of meaning, purpose and clarity. The lifting of depression and the opening to life can be a powerfully life affirming experience and an enormous relief.

Depression Counseling

Signs of Depression:

  • Persistent sad, anxious or “empty” mood.
  • Feelings of hopelessness or pessimism.
  • Feelings of guilt, worthlessness or helplessness.
  • Decreased energy, fatigue, or being “slowed down”.
  • Difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions.
  • Difficulty sleeping, early-morning awakening, or oversleeping.
  • Appetite or weight changes.
  • Thoughts of death or suicide or suicide attempts.
  • Restlessness or irritability.
  • Aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems without a clear physical cause that do not ease even with treatment

Early Signs:

Relationships rarely die overnight. Almost always, the destruction of a couple happens little by little, over time.
Your relationship may be in trouble if you are experiencing:

  • Communication breakdown
  • Diminished sexual desire and activity level
  • Replaying old arguments and resurrecting old hurts
  • Resentment and contempt have replaced patience and love
  • One or both of you are having an affair


We saw Rachel when we were engaged and having major in-law problems that were interfering with the planning of our wedding. We were bickering a lot and couldn’t seem to resolve these problems on our own, and that’s why we decided to go for counseling. Rachel helped us to discuss these problems without being defensive, and taught us that we had a right to set limits with our families. We found the process very helpful, and we continue to call on her when our relationship needs a tune up.

Diane (28) & James (29)

Rachel in the media