As a practicing mental health therapist, depression is one of the most persistent and debilitating challenges you face. It’s also one of the most common reasons clients seek you out.
- Nearly 7 percent of all adult Americans have experienced a depressive episode in the past year.
- Depression is the leading cause of disability in Americans ages 15 to 44.
Your success as a therapist depends on finding ways to help your clients overcome their feelings of helplessness and hopelessness. When depression is at its worst, those dealing with it can hardly get through their day. They’re looking to you to help them regain their energy and motivation, to rebuild their relationships, and to get back to the activities that used to bring them joy.
In some cases, a client can feel like it would be easier to end their life than to deal with their depressed state. As a therapist, it is important to assess your client's risk for self harm or even suicide.
Fortunately, depression is treatable with the right style of therapy. But what is the right style of therapy?