Effective Anxiety and Depression Counseling

Serving Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park, Georgetown, Hutto, and Surrounding Areas

Kids * Adults * Parents * Partners

 

You want to be strong. You put on a smile and post something on social media. Sometimes you even feel like the smile is genuine. But the longer you struggle with anxiety or depression, the less often these moments of joy come. Depression and anxiety are robbing you of a life that is vibrant, alive, and full of love.

Does this sound familiar? If so, we are here to help. We provide individual, family and group counseling to help you win the fight against anxiety and depression.

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What Does Depression Look Like?

Everyone deals with sadness. Depression, though, is more than regular sadness that comes and goes. Depression is being stuck and weighed down. You might feel sad or you might just not remember the last time you felt truly happy, but the spark of life is gone.

If you are suffering from depression, you might have noticed some of the following:

  • you used to love doing ____ (fill in the blank), but now you wonder, What’s the point?
  • eating is either a chore or never seems to fill you up
  • sleep is an issue–you’re either always falling asleep or can’t get enough
  • you don’t like the person you see in the mirror
  • sometimes even getting out of bed takes all your energy
  • ending it all starts to seem like your best option
  • you feel achy all over

What About Anxiety? I Mean, Everyone Has Anxiety Sometimes. How Do I Know if It’s a Problem?

Just like sadness, anxiety or stress happens to everyone on a regular basis. A little of it can be a good thing. For example, if you are taking a test, a little anxiety can help you focus and sharpen your critical thinking skills. Imagine taking a test and being 100% relaxed. Instead of taking the test, you might find yourself day dreaming or wanting to take a nap.

But when anxiety becomes a problem, it is persistent and gets in the way of living your life.

People suffering from an anxiety disorder might notice some of the following:

  • you feel worse when you try to relax
  • you spend too much time on Netflix, the Internet, or other mindless activities
  • your mind won’t shut up when you’re trying to sleep
  • your body feels off (for instance with digestive problems, migraines, or chronic pain)
  • sometimes it feels hard to breathe
  • you seem to get angry at the drop of a hat

 

Is There Help For Depression and Anxiety?

Yes! there is. You don’t have to live with constant sadness or worry.

Good treatment for depression AND anxiety involves three steps:

  1. Learning how to manage the symptoms
  2. Identifying & working through what’s “driving the bus”
  3. Finding meaning, self-compassion, and balance

 

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Managing Depression and Anxiety Symptoms

Feeling in control of your life means knowing how to regulate yourself. Sometimes this is quick and easy. You can learn to recognize the signs that you are going into a spiral and take some deep breaths, for instance. Sometimes it takes a lot more effort. Mostly this is impacted by how disregulated you already are and how much ongoing stress you have in your life.

Our therapists are creative and persistent. We are determined to help you find a routine that works for you.

 

Identifying & Working Through What’s “Driving the Bus”

Sometimes it’s obvious what caused your issues. Sometimes not so much. Whatever the case, we’ll help support you in digging under the surface to find the root of your depressed mood and/or anxiety.

Once you find it (and can tolerate talking about it thanks to those skills you already learned in Step 1), we’ll help you to find a new perspective about it. Often you’ll also develop a plan for how to handle it when the “old tapes” come back in the future, too.

 

Finding Meaning, Self-Compassion, and Balance

We know. That sounds pretty granola and maybe even a little naive. But these are things that have been proven to insulate you from depression and anxiety.

Finding something that makes your life feel purposeful and worthwhile is huge. It doesn’t have to be something huge either. Many people find meaning in nature or their families or in the simple task of making someone smile.

Self-compassion is just learning to treat yourself with respect and kindness in thought, body, and mind. It is an action that has been shown through research to keep warriors from getting PTSD and moms of special needs kids from burning out. Self-compassion is powerful and can be taught.

Balance just means keeping things in perspective. For each person this might look different. For some, it might involve making time for exercise. For someone else, it might be having tricks to help you be more objective and stay out of “black and white thinking”. Your therapist will help you to explore what balance looks like for you and help you to implement it.

 

Living with depression or anxiety for a while can start to make people lose hope. We are here to help. Our therapists help kids, adults, parents and partners to come alive again.

 

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1101 Satellite View #501
Round Rock, TX 78665

hello@hopeforthejourney.org
512-400-4790

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