Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

Depression and Anxiety Counseling, Therapy

"If you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.
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~ Lao Tzu

Although Depression and Anxiety may seem like opposites, they are more like the two sides of a coin. It is estimated that more than half of the people diagnosed with depression in the United States, suffer from anxiety as well.

Some Symptoms of Depression

  • Irritability
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Overeating or appetite loss
  • Sad, empty or anxious feelings
  • Feelings of helplessness
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Thoughts of suicide
 

Some Symptoms of Anxiety

  • Irritability
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Being easily fatigued
  • Sleep disturbance
  • Feeling tense and jumpy
  • Anticipating the worst
  • Breathing rapidly, sweating
  • Increased heartrate
  • Fearing impending danger
     

Its important to remember that you are not alone- there is help, right here. You have already taken the first step by landing on this page and we are here to support you.

How Therapy Can Help

It appears that what depression and anxiety share, is an overestimation of the risk involved in a situation and the underestimation of one's ability to handle it.

Therapy can provide a safe and structured environment for an individual to discover and highlight their own strengths and unique qualities that can help them to overcome some of the challenges. It is true that medication is effective and indicated for some individuals. In these cases, therapy has been shown to increase the positive gains and to help prevent relapses.

For others, therapy (sans medication) is successful in addressing the symptoms and assists the client in making significant positive lifestyle changes. It can help put things in perspective while also allowing you to discover that you are still a strong, beautiful being with inner gifts of resilience, intuition, creativity to offer yourself and the world.

Our therapists have specialized knowledge, experience and training in working with children and adults who are facing depression and/or anxiety. We will honor and respect your unique sense of timing and individual needs. We are here to help and support you in your quest for a richer, more meaningful experience of life. We invite you to peruse our referral list and contact us, so we can accompany you on this healing journey.

What else can I do to help myself?

MINDFULNESS TECHNIQUES: In addition to therapy, a variety of mindfulness techniques including focusing on the breath, progressive muscle relaxation, meditation, Yoga, Tai Chi and journaling can be used as tools for better living.

EXERCISE: Exercise can be a very powerful tool in helping to reduce the symptoms of depression and anxiety. Exercise may be the last thing you want to do, but it can help the brain to release feel-good chemicals such as neurotransmitters and endorphins. Exercise which raises our body temperature can have calming effects and can give our immune system a boost as well.

Some of the psychological and emotional benefits of exercise include an increase in self-confidence and increased social interaction. It may provide a healthy outlet for our emotions and take our mind off our worries.

For those with physical challenges, gentle exercise like swimming or yoga or time in nature can also provide these benefits.

Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
   
Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Referral Service: The San Francisco Chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists