Depression Counseling

 Is Your Life Controlled By Constant Sadness?

Do You Feel Unable to Escape Feelings of Depression?

Are you plagued by persistent sadness? Do you often feel like nothing in your world will ever be right again? Are you tired and lethargic, and unable to find pleasure in activities that once brought you great joy? Maybe you feel hopeless and worthless, or guilty for something you can’t quite pinpoint. You might have trouble sleeping or find yourself sleeping all the time; you might realize you’re overeating or that you’ve lost your appetite completely. You might feel empty, and like giving up. You might be struggling with thoughts of suicide.

depression-182Every person feels sad at some point in their life. However, if you feel a constant, aching sadness that lasts for more than two weeks—an unshakeable sadness that interferes with your life—you might be suffering from depression.

Depression is a real issue that many people struggle with. It is not something you can just “get over” or “forget about.” If you are fighting to feel good about your life and yourself every day, depression counseling can help. Depression counseling will help you figure out tools to combat and overcome your feelings of hopelessness and sadness.

How Can I Begin to Feel Better?

I’m Cathy Neville, and I want to help you get your life back. I specialize in depression counseling for both long- and short-term sufferers. After determining the extent of your depression, I will help you understand the behaviors, emotions and ideas that contribute to your depression. We’ll work together to understand and identify the life problems or events that may have contributed to your depression. We will work on restructuring ways of thinking, negative attitudes and faulty thinking that perpetuates depression.

Through depression counseling, I will help you learn the coping and problem-solving skills that will provide you with ways to fight your depression. We will recognize and use your strengths to begin to move you forward in your life. We will look at the things that previously worked for you to find comfort and joy again. Together, we will help you recognize and accept what you can and cannot change. Additionally, I stress exercise, eating a healthy balanced diet, and mindfulness meditation.

My approach will help instill hope that you can regain a sense of control and bring pleasure back into your life. You deserve to feel happiness again. You deserve to remember what it feels like to be yourself.

But Wait…

“I just don’t feel like depression counseling will help me. I don’t know if anything can help me.”

When struggling with depression, it is normal to feel like you are beyond help. Luckily, there is a large body of research that shows depression counseling is very effective. I understand that it might feel pointless or even impossible to pursue help, but you must remember or even convince yourself that you can overcome these feelings. Taking the first step to healing is often the hardest, but you won’t know what will help unless you try.

“I’m afraid that seeking help with my sadness will just make me seem weak. Shouldn’t I just be able to ‘get over it’?”

Seeking help for any struggle should be considered an act of courage, not the other way around. It is difficult and sometimes frightening to admit you need help, and to ask for it requires strength and bravery. If you could just ‘get over’ your feelings, chances are you would have by now. Feeling shameful about your struggles only makes them worse. Depression counseling will give you the tools to truly work through your feelings and provide real healing.

“If I seek help for depression, I’m worried people I know will think I am ‘crazy.’”

In my opinion, what is really ‘crazy’ is the stigma attached to mental health issues. If you suffered from persistent sniffles and itchy eyes, no one would think twice if you began taking allergy medicine. Unfortunately, we don’t usually think this way with regard to counseling. Luckily, no one but you has to know that you are seeking help. The client/therapist relationship, as well as everything that comes up in sessions, is absolutely confidential. If you don’t want anyone to know that you are involved in depression counseling, no one will.

Why is Working With You Different?

I am a licensed professional in counseling, specializing in depression, and I received my Masters Degree in Counseling from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

More importantly, I will establish a rapport and gain your trust through my ability to imagine myself in your world. Clients like the way I find and point out their strengths instead of dwelling on their deficiencies. I can show you how to use those strengths in solving your problems and facilitate change in your life. I’ll enable you to see you DO have the tools to solve your own problems.

I believe in perseverance even in the hardest cases—I never give up on my clients. Additionally, I am constantly dedicated to observing the latest research in an attempt to find what may work for my clients. With years of life experience, I know what it feels like to hurt and what it takes to heal.

What Do I Do Next?

If you are ready to find relief from your depression and reclaim your life as your own, I am ready to help.

I offer a free 15-minute consultation if you’d like to learn more about what I can offer you.

If you feel ready to set up a full appointment, you have a couple of options:

You can call me at 210-286-0810,

Or go to Contact and Directions to see the times I am available and set your own appointment.

Or go to the  Make Appointment page and either fill out contact sheet to request that I call or e-mail you,

I look forward to hearing from you.