Danzante Caldera, RPC

Depression and Anxiety are two of the most common presenting issues in therapy. In other words, you are not alone!  You may be struggling with depression or your anxiety in isolation; isolating oneself is a common symptom of both conditions. You may have done this for so long that it feels like this struggle is simply your lot in life.  It doesn't have to be this way.

Studies show that therapy helps. You can get past any confusion or sense of overwhelm. You will almost certainly find a deeper self-care, self-compassion, and self-esteem in our therapy sessions. The work you do in therapy will find the strength and the knowing that already exists at your core. It is simply your nature as a human being to be vibrantly healthy and whole in this way. 

I work from a "strength-based" perspective, but to those who are struggling, it is important that I am clear here. I am not saying you need to be strong to deal with depression or anxiety. Rarely are either conditions controlled or managed through the strength that comes through force of will. Rather, in the work we do in session, we will identify the strengths you are already using, and find gentle ways to focus these strengths, and also find gentle ways to explore other paths to be grounded in such a way (such as the gentle strength of "flow") that will help you find a healthier and happier life while dealing with your depression or anxiety.

As a therapist I'll practice a little self-disclosure here and share that I have experienced both depression and anxiety in my life (both compounded by a history of significant childhood trauma). I "did the work" and now a large part of why I am a therapist is wanting to share the happy life that is possible after the struggle. If I have one over-riding message to my clients it is, simply, "You can do this." 

At the center of your being you have the answer. You know who you are and you know what you want.
— Lao Tzu
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[The video from below the World Health Organization is definitely worth 4 minutes out of a day. Though it refers specifically to depression, it also looks a lot like how anxiety (as well as many other mental health issues) show up and drain all the color and joy out of life. As the video shows, in the end, the depression (or anxiety, or...) may not fully disappear but with some work become a small, manageable part of a happy and productive life].