Trusted Depression Counselling in Edmonton
Immediate Depression Resources and Centres
For suicidal thoughts and crises, Alberta offers many support lines and websites. For immediate help and counselling in Edmonton call:
Crisis Support Centre
Toll Free: 1-800-232-7288
24 Hours: 780-482-HELP (4357)
Salvation Army Community & Family Centres
Hope Line: 780-424-9223
Do you need depression counselling in Edmonton? The caring, compassionate counsellors at Gary J. Meiers, Ph.D., JoAnn Hammond-Meiers, Ph.D. and Associates Ltd. are here to help you. Depression is a mood disorder that affects millions of people around the world, including one out of every eight Canadians. Also known as clinical or major depression, the disorder affects the way you feel and relate to the world around you.
Depression can leave you with mental and physical symptoms for extended periods of time and rarely goes away on its own. Each person is affected differently, and everyone’s depression is caused by something different. It could be triggered by a situation such as loss, actions such as poor self-care, and physical states such as lack of sleep, emotions such as anxiety and thoughts such as harsh self-criticism.
Common Symptoms of Depression
Depression is not something to hide or be embarrassed about. If you're struggling with depression in Edmonton, please contact a professional. Many people, however, may not even realize what their changing emotions mean. Everyone gets the blues, but if you're feeling down for an extended period of time or are having trouble living your life like you once were, you may be experiencing depression. Common symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling increasingly sad or anxious
- Becoming more pessimistic
- Feeling very restless or irritable
- Having less interest in activities that you used to enjoy
- Having less energy
- Finding it difficult to concentrate
- Changes in your eating and/or sleeping patterns
- Body aches and pains
- Thoughts about suicide/ self-harm
Please keep in mind that every person is affected by depression differently and may only display some of these symptoms or others that aren't mentioned.Treatments for Depression
Depression counselling can be set up and organized in many different ways. Some of the most common depression treatment methods are listed below:
- Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR): The EMDR model looks to a client’s past for significant developmental traumas which in the present continue to evoke or trigger feelings of distress, depressive symptoms and negative self-talk which contribute to isolation and disrupted sleep and dysregulated moods.
- Narrative Therapy: With narrative therapy, the patient tells a story from his or her past and the therapist then reflects upon or analyzes this story to determine its impact on the patient’s current depression and life. Depending on the determined meaning or effect, the therapist will help the patient find ways to separate himself from the problem and encourage him or her to rely on inner strength to minimize current problems.
- Interpersonal therapy: In many cases of depression, a person is upset about relationships with various people from coworkers to family members. Interpersonal depression therapy involves targeting these relationships, finding ways to improve them and creating a healthier social life.
Based on a patient’s symptoms, triggers and current problems a therapist will determine what method of depression counselling is best.
The best way to treat depression is to get help from a therapist that specializes in depression counselling. If you need depression counselling here in Edmonton, call our office at 780-433-2269
to schedule an appointment.