Depression Counseling and Therapy

Depression Counseling & Therapy

High quality, evidence based therapy made for everyday people who are struggling with sadness, emptiness and depression. We know what you’re going through, and can help.

Why is Depression Such a Struggle? What is the Treatment For Depression that Gets Us Back to Living Life?

There are always challenges in life and everyone hits a rough patch from time to time, but what you are feeling now is more than you imagined. Now, it’s hard to get excited or genuinely happy on a day to day basis. Even worse, things that used to bring you joy just don’t seem to be enough to make you feel happy anymore. 

Depression can sneak up on your life, leaving you unable to go through the motions of daily life. Maybe you can still do all the things you “have to”. But all of sudden going to work, seeing friends, managing the kids, feel much harder than they used to. Mild or moderate depression can allow you function, but only as a shell of who you really are, while it robs you of the joy and connections that make life wonderful. 

When depression takes a hold it can feel hard to even move. Simple daily tasks like getting out of bed, taking a shower, and going to work are too much to manage. Even in more mild cases, depression can act like a dark cloud, casting a negative shadow over every day and every part of your life. At its worst, depression makes us feel hopeless and makes us believe that our lives can never be better.

The emptiness that you are feeling now, does not have to be forever. Take back your life and start depression therapy with a qualified counselor. Depression is treatable and living the life you want to live is within reach. 

Acuity’s 1-on-1 Therapies for:


Anxiety »


Depression »


Relationship Issues »


Grief & Loss »


Trauma & PTSD »


Eating Disorders and Body Image »


OUR THERAPY APPROACHES

(CBT) Cognitive Behavioral Therapy »
(EDMR) Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing »



Our Clinicians also help with:

  • Personal Growth
  • Navigating Life Transitions (relocation, career changes, stage of life growth)
  • Existential Concerns
  • Managing Anger or Panic
  • Gaining control over Substance use & Addiction

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Common Depression Symptoms and Signs

Depression affects all individuals differently, and understanding the early signs and symptoms can prevent you from months or even years of suffering.

Here are some of the common signs of depression that you may be experiencing.

  • Feeling sad, empty or even numb
  • Being easily irritated, having a “short fuse” and angry outbursts
  • Trouble concentrating, making decisions or being “stuck”
  • Low self-esteem, loss of self-confidence and loss of interest
  • Insomnia, feeling tired or exhausted, and an overall lack of energy
  • Hopelessness and helplessness

Our Therapists engage in these common types of Depression:

There are many types of depression, and in addition to identifying your specific symptoms, understanding the type you are struggling with can help develop a plan for treatment. 

Sometimes depression can be caused by a life event or challenge, while other times chemical changes in the brain can make us more vulnerable to feeling depressed. Here are the most common types of depression that you may be struggling with:

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Dysthymia or Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder (sometimes called Manic Depression)
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder or Low-Light Depression
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Situational Depression, such as Grief and Loss

Many People Struggle With Depression, Depression Counseling Can Help

Depression is a very common struggle, more common than you might think. At recent count, over 17 million Americans had endorsed experiencing an episode of depression within the last year. If you are struggling with sadness, or other feelings of depression, there is treatment available. Depression therapy can help.

Counseling can help you understand the root of where your symptoms of depression come from and how they continue to exist in your daily life. Taking the first steps out of depression can feel like walking through mud; every step can feel hard. That’s why it’s important to have the right therapist, with the right treatment plan, to help you gain the momentum you need to break free and start living life again.

Our Approach: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression, ACT, or EMDR

 

Just like your depression symptoms are unique to you and your circumstances, so is our approach to helping you approach treating your depression. Your therapist will work with you to determine your specific symptoms and type of depression, matching the best evidenced based approach to help you get back to living. Our therapists specialize in treatments like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). All of these treatments are proven to help reduce the symptoms of depression and help restore happiness to your life.

In each session, you can process old pains feeding your depression and gain new insight of how to overcome the feelings of sadness, hopelessness and emptiness that weigh you down. Together, you and your counselor will develop strategies that are personalized to you, and that will allow you to live the life you’ve always wanted, free from depression.

At Acuity Counseling it is especially important to us that you feel seen and heard in a safe space. Our focus is on your future success, and we are here to help you learn the coping skills you need to walk towards the future with hope and optimism.

You don’t have to carry the weight of depression alone anymore. Whether you are suffering in silence or openly feeling the strain to manage everyday life, Acuity Counseling depression therapists are here to help. We are here to create a safe therapeutic space, and walk with you on your journey. You are not alone.

You don’t have to carry the weight of depression alone anymore. Whether you are suffering in silence or openly feeling the strain to manage everyday life, Acuity Counseling depression therapists are here to help. We are here to create a safe therapeutic space, and walk with you on your journey. You are not alone.

Frequently Asked Questions for Depression Therapy

How can Therapy for Depression help me?

Depression is very treatable, and with the right professional counselor leading the way, you can find hope and happiness in your future. Therapy will help remove the cloud and dark shadow that colors the world and give you the skills to navigate life’s challenges.

Which therapist is right for me?

Let us help you find the right therapist. Many of our therapists specialize in anxiety, so view our profiles online to learn more about specific counselors specializing in anxiety treatment or speak with our Client Care Coordinator, who can help you with a personalized match to the right therapist for your needs. 

Finding the RIGHT therapist is the most important piece of reaching your goals.

How long does Therapy for Depression take?

Counseling works best within the framework of a safe and trusted therapeutic alliance. Since it takes time to build this relationship with your therapist, we recommend committing to weekly sessions for at least 8 weeks. Research shows that consistency adds to the positive outcomes of therapy. Once you reach your 8-week goal, you and your therapist can discuss a frequency of sessions that will support your continued success.

I’ve never done therapy before...What can I expect in my sessions?

The unknown of anything new can make it scary. Especially if you’ve never been to counseling before. Let us show you the “roadmap” so you know what to expect:

1st Session:
This first meeting is an introduction for both you and your counselor. Your therapist will explain the therapy process and go over the specifics of informed consent. From there, your therapist will gather additional information about your history, current circumstances, as well as struggles and personal strengths, which will help them to define a treatment plan that aligns with your goals. 

This is also the chance for you to learn more about your therapist. We encourage you to ask questions and get to know them; the relationship you build with your therapist will be the most important part of your work together. 

2nd Session and Future sessions:
In your weekly sessions, you and your therapist will use evidenced based therapies such as CBT, Mindfulness or ACT, to help you address your symptoms of worry, stress and anxiety. For anxiety rooted in trauma, or related to obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), your therapist may recommend treatment with EMDR.

Closing Sessions:
Our goal is for you to find relief from your anxiety and be ready to “graduate” from therapy. In the last few sessions with your therapist, you will review your initial goals, the progress you have made, and solidify your new skills for managing anxiety in your life. At your last meeting together, you’ll have the time for the meaningful goodbye with your therapist.

How much does Anxiety Counseling cost?

We strive to create access to high quality mental healthcare for everyone. Our therapists’ rates vary by experience and specialized training. We will make every effort to find the right therapist for you. 

Acuity Counseling also accepts health insurance and offers both in-network and out-of-network coverage. 

We are in-network partners with: 

Aetna

Cigna

First Choice

Premera Blue Cross

* We do not participate in EAP plans

Why don’t you only use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)?

While we use CBT as an aspect of our therapeutic approaches, we know that every individual is different. No one responds to any method perfectly, so by employing many techniques we are able to provide the most personalized support. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is talked about in relation to mental health so often because it has a large body of research behind it and is easy to replicate across all cases. This is why you may hear it called “evidence based,” which it certainly is. However, we use other evidence based therapies in conjunction with CBT in our therapies.

How can I evaluate whether therapy is working?

Acuity is unique because we use research backed questionnaires to assess your mood, goals and progress. From time to time we may share with you your progress on these reports, “you report being angry 30% less days than when you started therapy,” and then ask what your goals for the future may be. We have found that by having clients set their own goals and following up regularly we can achieve better results.

If I go to Acuity for help, does it mean there is something wrong with me?

No. We try to break this stigma constantly.

Many people come to Acuity just to gain a better perspective of themselves and work on some issues that they are having in their daily life. There aren’t many places for people to vent and seek honest help, so we provide that space for people as well as psychologically informed advice to better cope with life’s persistent problems. Even if you have a mental health diagnosis there is nothing wrong with you. We all experience and react to the world in different ways, it’s hard to argue that there is anything wrong with that.

Is medication used in conjunction with your therapy?

Some conditions for some people are best treated with the help of medication. If we find it necessary after our initial assessments, we will discuss types of medication, your comfort with it, and the pros and cons of medication with you. If you so choose, we can refer you to the appropriate psychopharmacologist in the area. If you are already on medication, we will coordinate treatment with your primary provider.

How long does therapy take?

Counseling works best within the framework of a safe and trusted therapeutic alliance. Since it takes time to build this relationship with your therapist, we recommend committing to weekly sessions for at least 8 weeks. Research shows that consistency adds to the positive outcomes of therapy. Once you reach your 8-week goal, you and your therapist can discuss a frequency of sessions that will support your continued success.

Break-free and begin your journey to

Your best
YOU.

There is a future life where trauma does not control your day. Imagine yourself feeling calm, confident and ready to handle new situations with ease. The tools to living the life you have always envisioned are here, at your fingertips.

Acuity Counseling can help.

 

Schedule your therapy session online

Reach out directly to our Client Care Coordinator for questions, matching, and scheduling:

Online Counseling

Our services are also available online through Zoom. Telehealth/Online counseling gives you the opportunity to explore your challenges in life without complicating your daily schedule.

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The information you need is at your fingertips with these resources written by our expert team of therapists.

GET STARTED

If you have questions and would like to talk about any of our counseling services, please reach out for a complimentary phone consultation or send us an email.

First Session Within 72 Hours of Calling

We book you an appointment within 24 hours of contacting us (usually less) and make sure your first appointment is soon after.

Seattle: 206-922-2376

Bellevue: 425-549-3242

Bothell/Woodinville: 206-910-9476

info@acuitycounseling.net

for Billing questions call:
206-910-9476

 

SCHEDULING

Use our Online Scheduling Tool or call our office to schedule your appointment, or for any changes regarding scheduling.

Schedule by phone: 206-910-9476

INSURANCE

Counseling services are often covered in full or in part by your health insurance company. Acuity Counseling proudly accepts most major health insurance plans.

Aetna

First Choice

HMA

Meritain

Cigna

GEHA

Sound Health & Wellness

We do not participate
in EAP Plans

Acuity Counseling Locations

Seattle

Bellevue

Bothell/Woodinville

BELLEVUE, WA
Cascade Place II
12729 Northup Way, Suite 6
Bellevue WA 98005
(206) 910-9476

SEATTLE, WA
Plaza 600 Building
600 Stewart St, Suite 1228
Seattle WA 98101
(206) 910-9476

BOTHELL/WOODINVILLE
Falcon View
12900 NE 180th St, Suite 160
Bothell, WA 98011
(206) 910-9476

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