At Creative Counseling Center offer depression counseling services to children, teens, and adults who are struggling with depression.
Depression Counseling for Adults
What Is Major Depressive Disorder?
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, major depressive disorder is characterized by a combination of symptoms that interfere with a person’s ability to work, sleep, study, eat, and enjoy once-pleasurable activities.
There are times you may feel sad, lonely, or hopeless for a few days. But major depression — clinical depression — is disabling. It can prevent you from functioning normally.
What Is Chronic Depression or Dysthymia?
Chronic depression, or dysthymia, is characterized by a long-term (two years or more) depressed mood. Chronic depression is less severe than major depression and typically does not disable the person. If you have dysthymia or chronic depression, you may also experience one or more episodes of major depression during your lifetime.
Depression symptoms include:
- Isolation/withdrawn from friends and family
- Loss of interest in or enjoyment of their favorite activities
- Sense of hopelessness
- Consumed by negative thoughts
- Low self-esteem
- Excessive worry/anxiety
- You may also notice a significant change in appetite or weight or a change in sleeping patterns
Other symptoms include an overwhelming sense of hopelessness, unexplained aches and pains, an increased sensitivity or tearfulness, trouble concentrating, fatigue or lack of energy, thoughts of suicide and substance use/abuse.
Depression in Teens | Teen Counseling
Depression in teenagers may be caused by a variety of conditions including life events, physical health, environmental stressors, and family history. It is important to consult with a health care professional if you notice any changes in your teen’s behaviors.
Depression symptoms for adolescents look a lot like they do in adults, but they also include:
- Poor performance in school
- Truancy, tardiness, & withdrawal from school activities/peer groups
- Lack of enthusiasm
- Low Energy or motivation
- Anger and rage
- Overreaction to criticism
- Increased self-criticism
- Lack of concentration or forgetfulness
- Restlessness and agitation
- Problems with authority
- Substance use/abuse
- Suicidal ideation
In depression counseling and teen counseling we work with the adolescent to assess the level or depression, determine the root cause for it in their lives, and create a personalized treatment plan to eliminate the cause. Our therapists work to create a strong collaboration with each teen creating rapport based on where the teen is coming in at. We understand how difficult it can be to recognize that something is not “normal” or that things have changed and now I need seek help outside myself.
Depression Counseling for Children
Depression in young children may be caused by a variety of conditions including life events, physical health, environmental stressors, and family history. It is important to consult with a health care professional if you notice any changes in your children’s behaviors.
Young children with depression symptoms include:
- Increased in clingy behavior
- Regressed behaviors
- You may notice a change in appetite or weight & in their sleeping patterns.
- Take notice to an increase in vocal outbursts or crying, physical complains (ie. Headaches, stomach hurting), or a general sense of restlessness as all of these can be signs that they are needing some support.
At CCC when providing depression counseling services to young children ages 2-12 we work primarily with child-centered play therapy. Play therapy refers to a large number of treatment methods, all of which make use of one or more of the natural benefits of play. Underneath the “play therapy” umbrella we have art therapy, sand tray therapy, dance and movement, dramatic play, and bibliotherapy. All of these modalities allow the child to describe and play out the current concerns they are experiencing in a safe environment.
If you are having suicidal or homicidal thoughts IMMEDIATELY Call 800-SUICIDE (800-784-2433) or 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255) — or the deaf hotline at 800-799-4889.
Our therapists work with you in a collaborative manner to explore your needs and create a plan to help to you get to your end results. If you or someone you know is going through a difficult time or notice a change in your mood please contact us at 303.843.6000 for a free initial phone consultation to determine if we can help you.