Depression Existential-Humanistic

Depression

Depression is the most common psychological condition, and most people experience it at one point or another in their lives.

Symptoms of depression include lethargy, low self esteem, a feeling of sadness, helplessness, hopelessness, anxiety, dysphoric mood and even suicidal thoughts. People who are depressed usually feel a lack of energy and a lack of pleasure and they may be agitated or irritable.

Since there are so many causes to depression, which boils down to a natural response to life experiences (a defence mechanism), each situation warrants a thorough investigation into the exact catalyst. Depending on what causes a specific incidence of depression, a treatment plan can be developed to help the individual deal with his or her emotions.

Some people are predisposed to depression in that it can run in the family. In many cases, it is learned when someone is constantly exposed to it.

Counselling can help a person to adapt to life changes that are causing grief, particularly with bereavement or marital issues. Systemic therapy is helpful in family therapy, where the efforts of the whole family can help the individual. Psychodynamic therapy helps a person to find the hidden psychological defences that cause problems to manifest. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on the problem at hand, providing solutions to day-to-day issues and finding ways to restructure negative thought patterns.

If you are looking for a counsellor or psychologist who has training and experience in depression counselling you may want to search the directory to find a professional whose approach will suit you best.

Existential-Humanistic

Existential-Humanistic psychotherapies emphasize a collaborative approach to the understanding of the client's full experience rather than just the symptom, thoughts or behaviour. Psychological problems are viewed as the result of a restricted ability to make authentic, meaningful, and self-directed choices about how to live. Consequently, interventions are aimed at increasing client self-awareness and self-understanding. The key words for existential-humanistic therapy are acceptance and growth, responsibility and freedom.

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Hannah Curwin

M.A., CCC
    • Online booking
What would it take to remember our worth? How complete and loving and lovable we are? Welcome and thank you for being here. I am a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC) with the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy... Read more

Madeleine De Little

Ph.D., CCC
When children are struggling at home or school, they are often not able to say what they are experiencing and causing their distress. However their behaviors like bed-wetting, school refusal, perfectionism, excess... Read more

Candice Seligman

MCP, CCC
    • Online booking
I offer a compassionate and non-judgemental space where you can be your authentic self and receive the support you are looking for. I love supporting folks in gaining insights into their journey of life so far, and what... Read more

Laura Wray

M.Sc., CCC
    • Online booking
*In-person sessions now available on Saturdays in East Vancouver* Do your emotions feel impossible to understand? Is it a struggle to put your feelings into words? Maybe you are feeling out of touch with... Read more

Ihab Darwiche

MCP, CCC
    • Online booking
Ihab has always endeavored to help others when possible. As my mentors have helped me in my life, and as they have guided me through difficult points of self-growth and reflection, I value being there for others to... Read more

Lorraine Klassen

M.Ed., CCC
I am a clinical counsellor with over 25 years experience counselling adults and couples through community agency settings, private practice, and the hospital and health-care industry.  I have a... Read more