THERAPY FOR DEPRESSION
Fundamentally, I am looking to build upon the strengths of the individual as opposed to just focusing on their deficits. This is done through a strengths-based approach. I like to help build an individual’s resilience and optimism. One of the basic challenges is to restore hope for positive change.
I often will describe CBT like driving down a country road; if we’re not paying attention, we can get a tire off on the soft shoulder, and it can pretty quickly pull us into the ditch of anxiety and depressive thoughts. The idea of CBT is for us to be able to make a firm and quick correction; getting our tires back on the firm pavement and not rolling over in the ditch. I’ll use that example often to explain that I’m trying to equip my clients with skills to help them get back on the road to rationality.