Depression can be a normal response to the stress of life. It can also be something that can arise in the absence of an event or experience. Depression becomes problematic when it begins to impact your ability to function or when it interferes with the quality of your life.

Depressive symptoms include problems with sleep, appetite, attention and concentration, feelings of hopelessness, helplessness, or worthlessness, an inability to enjoy things, lack of a sex drive, social withdrawal, low energy, poor motivation, and sometimes thoughts of suicide or self-harm. Sometimes children can exhibit different symptoms than adults, such as irritability or acting out.

Depression is more than a couple bad days; depression can last for weeks or longer. Depression has been shown to run in families and can be triggered by a variety of stressful events (e.g., the death of a loved one, a significant loss, a disappointing event, or problems in one's social or occupational life). Depression can also be triggered by a bio-chemical imbalance.

The counselors at Healing Telephone Counselling offer a wide variety of approaches to treating depression. Learn how to manage depressive symptoms, change negative self-talk, engage in pleasurable activities, challenge erroneous belief systems, find meaning in your life, and process or explore the possible causes of your depression and identify what may be perpetuating your depression.

Note: If you or someone you know are thinking about harming yourself or attempting suicide, talk with someone who can help right away. You can call the toll-free, 24-hour hotline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at -phone - and be connected to a trained counselor. You can also make a call on behalf of a friend or family member.

What can you expect from telephone counseling?

Using the phone to talk with a counselor is not much different than what you could expect from an office visit. The therapy we offer at Healing Telephone Counselling, by way of the telephone, can be as effective, or even more effective, than the traditional in-office visits.

You may have anxieties or concerns about office visits and may not be as willing to open up and truly express your feelings and thoughts because it seems too overwhelming or intimidating to sit down, face-to-face with a counselor. By using the telephone, you can discuss without the self-consciousness you may experience sitting across from a mental health professional.

We have many professionals available to help you.

The first step to engaging in therapy is to select from our list of highly qualified professionals. You can do this by both choosing from the list of on this page, and reviewing the different the counselor's profile and listening to an audio introduction if available. Start gradually with a free consultation.

We offer a free 10 minute screening to ensure that you would like to work with that counselor, as it is important that you feel that there is a good match. Once you choose your therapist, you can begin therapy in a way that feels most comfortable to you.

It all starts with learning about your needs.

Your therapist may initially ask you questions about your concerns; explore how your issues are impacting your life, and what are some of your goals. You can choose the pace at which you want to go. This means you can slowly address your issues, or you can choose to share your problems in your initial phone session.

You can expect your counselor to be a non-judgmental, supportive individual. He or she may ask you questions about your thoughts and feelings, and help guide you to exploring issues surrounding your concerns. The counselors at Healing Telephone Counselling are invested in helping you to achieve the goals you would like. They can help provide knowledge and tools that enable you to deal more effectively with your problems.

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