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Therapy For Depression And Anxiety In Los Angeles: Start Feeling Better Today

Depression and anxiety disorders can be debilitating, but therapy can help you feel good and more like yourself again. For some, symptoms can feel suffocating. It can seem near impossible to ask for help, or difficult to believe that one can ever feel better. While the symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders can feel all-consuming, help is available and treatment and symptom management are possible.

If you are struggling with depression and/or anxiety, know that you can ask for help from a therapist or mental health professional. Talking to your doctor can help start a treatment plan that works best for your situation, experience, goals, and symptoms. When you’re ready, we’ll be here.

Choosing The Right Therapist For Depression & Anxiety

There are various types of therapies therapists use to treat depression and anxiety. Sometimes, these conditions can be treated with the same modality, however, everyone’s needs are different depending on their particular symptoms, strengths and style of learning.

It can be difficult to open up about one’s struggles with depression and anxiety so it can be beneficial for one to work with a therapist they can trust. Developing that trust can come from getting to know one’s therapist, but there are some steps one can take to ensure that their therapist is trained to treat their specific issues.

It may be helpful to ask how many people they have treated with depression and anxiety, and how they helped the person find success. It’s important to remember that ‘success’ depends on each person’s specific treatment goals and can look different person to person. It can also be helpful to explain what goals you’d like to see after a few months of therapy, so you can measure benchmarks of progress. You and your therapist can outline your path together.

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Technique Matters: Effective Therapy for Depression & Anxiety

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a common treatment modality that has found to be successful for treating depression and anxiety. For many people, talking through their struggles and experiences with interpersonal therapy can feel cathartic. Many people report feeling better from expressing themselves and feeling validation in their experience. Therapy also provides psychoeducation on effective ways to work through mental illness, depression and anxiety.

Many treatment programs use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to treat depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions and mood disorders. This type of therapy aims to replace negative thinking patterns with thoughts that are more productive or less harmful. For many people with depression and/or anxiety, negative thoughts are consuming. CBT can help one to notice when those negative thoughts are engaged and provide strategies to move from a place of negativity to a space of validation for oneself, promoting self-love and acceptance.

CBT is also helpful when it comes to facing your fears, whether they are imminent or unlikely to come true in real life. For people who struggle with depression and anxiety, fear is often in the passenger seat. Effective therapy for depression and anxiety can help people challenge cognitive distortions, and move past their fears. As a result, they begin to function more effectively in their jobs, friendships and relationships, and hobbies.

EMDR For Anxiety: What To Expect & How It Works

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a therapeutic modality that is used to treat trauma and PTSD, anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, substance abuse, and more. When a person experiences distressing events, their brain is often unable to successfully process the experience. This can cause a disturbance in brain functioning and create emotional distress. The goal of EMDR is to bring forward distressing memories or feelings in a safe space, and reprocess them into memories that feel less triggering or emotionally activating.

EMDR can be used for anxiety to minimize the severity of your anxiety. During an EMDR session, you will be asked to share any emotions, memories, bodily sensations, or anything you experience related to the targeted fear. By reprocessing the anxiety inducing thoughts, the anxiety tends to dissipate. Over time, EMDR helps people feel less charged about uncomfortable thoughts, fears or memories.

Therapy For Depression: Creating A Personalized Treatment Plan With Your Therapist

Depression can keep people from living a fulfilling life. But, even the most acute cases of major depression are able to be treated effectively.

A typical treatment plan for someone with depression might include working with a therapist for effective symptom management strategies, promote self-activation, offer support, and reflection on their progress or roadblocks. An ideal therapist can help you identify negative thoughts and beliefs, challenge any harmful coping mechanisms, address what is in your control to change, and safely navigate painful episodes.

While Modern Intimacy therapists do not prescribe medication for depression, we can provide referrals for local psychiatrists who can assist with medication evaluation and management. With your written consent, our therapists will collaborate with your psychiatrist to ensure you are receiving the most comprehensive and integrated treatment.

Online Therapy & Teletherapy For Depression And Anxiety: Get Treatment Wherever You Are

Due to the ongoing uncertainty of COVID-19, all sessions at Modern Intimacy are held via HIPAA-compliant video conferencing platforms, to ensure everyone’s safety. Though we are conducting therapy remotely, you can still expect private and professional therapy for depression and anxiety.

We understand that some who struggles with depression can experience some challenges in navigating the tasks of everyday life. Teletherapy can offer an opportunity for someone struggling to get to in-person sessions, to receive treatment from the comfort of their home or any place they feel the most safe.

Getting Started With Modern Intimacy’s Therapists In Los Angeles, Miami, New York & Chicago

If you are located in California, Florida, Illinois, and New York, Modern Intimacy therapists are available and able to work with patients around various mental health issues, mood disorders, and provide treatment for depression and anxiety.

If you are located outside of the mentioned states, we’re happy to provide referrals in your state who can help with your specific needs. For more information or to schedule a free 30-minute phone consultation, please contact us.

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