Depression Counselling Service

Arne Pedersen

Registered and Certified Counselling Hypnotherapist, Victoria, B.C.

Coping with Depression: Therapy and support

Depression casts a heavy shadow over daily life, weighing down every moment with a burden of negative thoughts and emotions. It often stems from a buildup of unresolved feelings from the past that we’ve habitually pushed away. Over time, these emotions accumulate, thickening like heavy fog that clouds our ability to experience joy and fulfillment. We become disconnected from ourselves, overwhelmed by negativity, and trapped in a cycle of avoidance.

Understanding Depression

Depression isn’t just about feeling sad; it’s about disconnecting from our feelings and emotions and the present moment. By pushing away uncomfortable feelings, we inadvertently lessen our ability to fully engage with life, which limits our ability to experience joy and happiness. This disconnection breeds negativity, perpetuating a cycle of emotional stagnation and despair.

Using Mindfulness to Manage Depression

Mindfulness offers a practical way to break free from this cycle. By reconnecting with our bodies and emotions, we can begin to process and release the pent-up energy that fuels depression. Through daily mindfulness practice, we slowly cultivate a sense of presence and acceptance, allowing us to sit with our feelings without judgment or avoidance. Over time this cultivates the ability to be with and process what we feel in healthy ways.

Practical Steps to build Mindfulness

  1. Start Small: Begin with just a few minutes of mindfulness practice each day. Find a quiet, comfortable space where you feel safe and won’t be disturbed, and set a timer for 5-10 minutes.
  1. Focus on the Breath: Close your eyes and bring your attention to your breath. Notice the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves your body. You can place a hand on your chest or abdomen to feel the rise and fall with each breath.
  1. Observe without Judgment: As thoughts arise, simply observe them without getting caught up in their content. Imagine them as clouds passing across the sky—here one moment, gone the next. Redirect your attention back to your breath whenever you find yourself lost in thought.
  1. Be Patient: Mindfulness takes time to develop. Be kind with yourself and trust in the process.
  1. Practice Gratitude: Each day, take a few moments to reflect on things you’re grateful for. This could be as simple as the warmth of the sun on your skin or the taste of your favourite food. Cultivating gratitude can help shift your focus from negativity to positivity, and in time support building the new habit of looking for things that bring you joy. 
  1. Journaling: Writing can be a powerful tool for processing emotions. Consider keeping a journal where you can freely express your thoughts and feelings. This can help you gain clarity and perspective on your inner experience.
  1. Seek Support: Consider seeking guidance from a qualified therapist to deepen your practice and receive personalized support.

Managing Emotional Triggers

As you incorporate mindfulness into your daily routine, you’ll become more attuned to emotional triggers that pull you into negativity. Use these moments as opportunities to ground yourself in the present and process the underlying emotions with compassion and curiosity.

Building Emotional Confidence

With consistent practice, you’ll develop emotional confidence, allowing you to navigate life’s ups and downs with greater resilience and self-awareness. By acknowledging and validating your feelings, you can reclaim control over your emotional well-being and cultivate a deeper sense of self-esteem.

The Benefits of Professional Support

While mindfulness can be a powerful tool in managing depression, it’s essential to seek professional support when needed. A therapist experienced in depression treatment can offer personalized guidance and support to complement your mindfulness practice.

Ready to reclaim control over your life? 

Schedule a free 1-hour Zoom video consultation with me. Together, we’ll explore your challenges and goals to support your recovery. I firmly believe that going above and beyond significantly amplifies results. To ensure our therapy journey together is as successful as possible, I provide you with a comprehensive audio program to sustain momentum and progress between our sessions. Let’s embark on this journey toward healing and well-being together.

Investing in Your Health and Happiness

Investing in therapy is an investment in your well-being and a brighter future. Don’t let depression dictate your life any longer. Take the first step towards empowerment and schedule your free consultation today.