Depression is a medical illness that affects both the mind and body; it affects how you feel, think and behave. Depression is more than just a bout of the blues: it is a chronic condition that usually requires long-term treatment. The good news is most people with depression feel better with counseling or another form of treatment…Feelings of sadness and grief are typical responses to tough life events – loss of a loved one or job, news of a chronic illness, disappointment, devastating world events, and many other causes. Depression is different from sadness – it persists and can debilitate. Who has depression? Depression doesn’t discriminate based on age, race, income, or religion. In fact, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (2017), approximately 16 million adult Americans have experienced a major depressive episode within the past year. What does depression look like? Depression isn’t obvious. Depression is not the same as “feeling depressed”. People with depression may have:
- Feelings of being helpless or worthless
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Unexplained episodes of feeling sad or crying
- A change in appetite and/or sleep (increase or decrease)
- A decrease in energy
- A decrease or loss of interest in normal activities/hobbies
- Difficulty focusing/mental fog
- Physical ailments not able to be explained by physical causes
- Thoughts of suicide
How do I know if I have depression? A licensed mental health professional or physician can diagnose depression. You may be asked about the above symptoms or given screening assessments to assure an accurate diagnosis.
What causes depression? How is it treated? Genetics, brain chemistry, and/or stressful life events can contribute to depression. Depression is often treated with antidepressant medications or psychotherapy (counseling), or a combination of the two. Because brain chemistry and genetics do contribute to depression, the type of antidepressant prescribed can vary. (Source: NIMH, 2018) If you are having suicidal thoughts, contact The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, available at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), or you can visit www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org or call 9-1-1.
If you are struggling, you don't have to go it alone.
Having several therapists of varied disciplines and experiences provides our clients with options that best meet their counseling needs.
When people experience trauma or severe life stressors, it is not uncommon for their lives to unravel. We are passionate about bringing healing to people who have been through traumatic or stressful experiences. We help our clients, who include, children, adults, and families, to find a healthy view of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can become peaceful, whole, and safe.
At FSS, our caring and professional staff are dedicated to your well-being. We can help those struggling with depression, stress management, grief recovery, divorce recovery, eating disorders, anxiety and phobias, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, self-esteem, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress, behavioral problems, emotional trauma, parenting challenges and many other issues.
We know that no single approach is the right one for every person, so we have been trained in a range of counseling techniques, including those listed below.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a counseling approach that addresses dysfunctional emotions, maladaptive behaviors and thought processes. CBT is "problem focused" and "action oriented".
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
TF-CBT is a unique form of cognitive-behavioral therapy that has been specially adapted for children who have experienced trauma.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)
EMDR has proven very effective for treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in adults as well as children.
Play Therapy uses play to communicate with and help people, especially children, to prevent or resolve challenges. This is thought to help them move towards better social integration, growth and development, emotional modulation, and trauma resolution.
Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP)
BIPP specializes in domestic/family violence intervention and prevention of battering behaviors used to gain power/control within an intimate relationship, marriage, or family.
Women’s Anger and Violence Program (WAV)
WAV specializes in interpersonal violence intervention and prevention of battering behaviors used to gain power/control within an intimate relationship, marriage, or family.
Transparenting is for parents with children who are going through divorce or separation.
Supervised Visitation can help reintroduce a parent to a child after a long absence from the child’s life or help introduce a parent and a child when there has been no prior relationship between them. Supervised Visitation can also help when there are issues of mental illness, domestic violence, child abuse or neglect, or drug or alcohol abuse, or when there are parenting concerns. It may also be appropriate to give the parent a chance to show they are capable of appropriate parenting.
How to begin Counseling:
Before we can set you or a family member up with one of our counselors, there are a few things that we need. Begin Counseling Services