“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us” – David Richo
Is it hard to get out of bed in the morning? Do you feel down and overwhelmed and making it through the day is difficult? Depression changes the brain and can cloud your judgement and your ability to respond effectively to a stressful situation. Feeling down and overwhelmed can become a problem when you have a busy life and you can’t catch up with the demands of it. Feeling stressed and anxious can make it hard to concentrate when you want to be productive. You don’t choose to be anxious or depressed but you can learn tools that will allow you to think clearly and feel better about yourself.
Often times what seems like depression could be some sort of grief and loss or trauma. Trauma can be a distressing event that becomes too overwhelming for a person’s mind to process and cope with. People react differently though to similar situations so trauma is a subjective experience. It depends on environmental factors (e.g exposure to stress early in life or lack of a support system, etc.) as well as intrapersonal (psychological resilience, actively seeking help, etc.) As for grief and loss, there is no designated time by which you should be over it and learning to live with it can take time.
I am here to help you learn practical techniques to manage your stress, improve your mood and get over trauma. By using a solution focused and a strength based mindset I will help you explore where your anxiety and depression come from and how to free yourself from anger, resentment and shame. With the help of a cognitive behavioral approach I will assist you in getting rid of constant worry, tension and fear so you can have more motivation and energy to stay focused on your goals.
You might be feeling confused and anxious over your sexual orientation. You might be struggling with coming out and might feel lonely and isolated. You might be experiencing discrimination or you might be struggling with homophobia (external or internalized). You might be having dysphoria around your gender identity and you might be considering hormone replacement therapy or a sex change so you can look more like how you feel inside.
Finding a LGBTQ+ knowledgeable and informed therapist can provide you with support and facilitate your transition to a more authentic life.