Depression is often characterized by having a depressed mood or a loss of interest over a period of two weeks or more. Other symptoms of depression and sadness may be weight loss or gain, insomnia, fatigue, loss of concentration, feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness, or thoughts around death.
Sadness has similar symptoms to depression but can be less substantial. Although sadness may not rise to the level of depression, it can also be a legitimate reason to seek counseling.
Being sad or depressed can leave you feeling lonely and isolated. You don’t have to experience this alone. As your therapist, I will listen, empathize, support you and do my best to understand your experiences. We will also work on identifying alternate thinking strategies and challenge cognitive distortions to promote balance. Together we can work through your experiences to help you rediscover hope and purpose.