Depression therapy is a type of therapy designed to help individuals suffering from clinical depression. Symptoms of major depressive disorder include depressed mood, diminished interest in most activities that you enjoyed before, fatigue almost every day, feelings of guilt or worthlessness, impaired concentration, insomnia or other sleep disturbances, feelings of restlessness or being slowed down, recurring thoughts of suicide, and significant weight loss or gain. The treatment of depression targets alleviation of the symptoms above. There are a few different evidence-based treatment modalities that depression therapists utilize frequently to assist you. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the treatment of choice for depression as studies have shown that it is more effective for mild and moderate depression than simply taking antidepressants. Though in the same study it was concluded that those individuals with severe depression may benefit from receiving both psychotherapy (CBT) and medication treatment combined. The focus of CBT is on how people think (cognitive) and act (behavioral). Behavioral components of treatment often include increasing daily activities such as exercise and socialization. The cognitive component of depression therapy includes assisting the individual who is having negative thought patterns to detect/identify those thoughts, challenge them, and reconstruct or replace them with more balanced/alternative thinking. If you are experiencing feelings of depression that you are finding difficult to manage on your own, it may be beneficial to seek out the help of a therapist who uses a cognitive behavioral therapy approach to treat depression.
The clinical psychologists at Rowan Center for Behavioral Medicine have the expertise to provide state-of-the-art depression therapy. We will work with you to identify the severity of your symptoms by using evidence-based measures, collaboratively set treatment goals, and develop a wellness plan to address your specific needs. We will continue to monitor progress weekly by using validated assessment tools. Patients at our center will have access to a portal account that will help them communicate with their therapist in a secure manner, allowing them to complete assessments and receive ongoing feedback between their weekly sessions. Our evidence-based practice utilizes interventions drawn from cognitive behavioral therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, mindfulness-based, and humanistic approaches.
We will help you learn tools to combat depressive thinking and increase your quality of life. Our goal is to help you attain your highest level of health and wellness.