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Depression Counseling in Scottsdale, AZ

Depression – It’s Not Just a Bad Mood….

Being in a bad mood happens to everyone. The concern is when it becomes a persistent feeling of sadness and it might be depression. You realize you’ve lost interest in things around you. It’s not a matter of “snapping out of it”.

Some symptoms of depression include:

  • Sadness, tearfulness, feelings of hopelessness
  • irritability, angry outbursts, or frustration with small matters
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in normal activities like hobbies, sex, or sports
  • Sleep issues – too little or too much
  • Trouble thinking, with concentration, making decisions, or remembering things
  • Reoccurring thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, or suicide attempts.

When you feel like your life is out of your control, or you don’t care, it is time to ask yourself some questions.

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If you are ready to make a change and live a healthy and full life again, there are effective treatments to consider.

Depression Counseling Treatments:

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is designed to help you change negative thought patterns. Behaviors that might be contributing to, or worsening your depression are addressed.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) can help with difficulty concentrating, thinking, or remembering. Persistent sadness, irritation, and lack of interest are self-managed with the skills learned. You will learn about mindfulness, emotion regulation, and distress tolerance skills.

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) can be an effective treatment for trauma-based depression. If your mind and body is overwhelmed by a traumatic event the natural response can be to shut down. Symptoms such as sadness, loss of pleasure in activities, sleep disorders can be addressed with EMDR.

Mindfulness therapy, as part of cognitive therapy, teaches you how to notice negative self-talk. It allows you to redirect that thinking away from negative thought loops.

Effective depression counseling and treatment can help you. The trained professional counselors at Pathways Counseling Services can help you determine the best, healthiest path for you and your life.

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Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I make an appointment?

You may do this in three ways.
You can book online anytime
Call us at 480-613-8530
Complete this contact form.

Do you offer a free consultation?

Yes, we offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation. Please call us at 480-613-8530 to schedule a consultation or complete this contact form.

Do you accept any insurance?

Our practice is a fee-for-service practice which means we do not accept insurance. If you have an insurance provider with behavioral health coverage, they may offer out-of-network coverage. If you would like to use your out-of-network benefits, we will provide you with a superbill (receipt) that you can submit to your insurance company for reimbursement.

What should I expect when I come for my sessions?

Prior to your first session, you will fill out some general information. We will you a link to complete the form(s) prior to your first session.
During the initial appointment, we will review some of your histories and we will have an opportunity to discuss the reasons you are interested in counseling and the goals you are looking to achieve from counseling.
Together during the first few sessions we will put together a treatment plan with you.

How soon should I see results from the counseling sessions?

Most patients come in for weekly appointments. As you are feeling better, you can cut back on the frequency of the sessions so you have more time to practice what you are learning.

Initial sessions are 75 minutes ongoing sessions may be 45-75 minutes or longer depending on need.

Patients who work with us report improvements in a few sessions. More difficult issues may take longer. People come to therapy for different reasons but universally people don’t initiate counseling unless they are in some type of emotional pain. Our attitude is to try to make every session count.

What kind of patients do you see?

We welcome couples, children, adolescents, teens, and individuals of diverse backgrounds, cultures, religious traditions, and lifestyles.

We will be able to work with you using a variety of tools and techniques and specialize in a variety of issues and concerns.

Is what I say confidential?

All client-therapist conversations are private and confidential. In those rare exceptions when the safety of a client or other is at risk disclosure of confidential client-therapist information takes place.

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