Where Can I Search for Therapy for Depression?
Veronica Correa Perin, Ph.D PSY 28565
Depression is a common mental health condition that impacts millions of people. Feelings of persistent sadness, hopelessness, and low motivation are all symptoms of
depression. You might find yourself having difficulty getting things done around the house, work, or school. Oftentimes, depression leads to problems in your relationships
because you are easily triggered, moody, or have little energy for your partner. For many people, there is a sense that these feelings will never go away. They worry that their life will never get better.
If deemed medically necessary, you may be able to reach out to your health plan or primary care provider about care. If you need assistance with access to behavioral health services please contact the Department of Managed Health Care. https://www.dmhc.ca.gov/LicensingReporting/HealthPlanComplianceMedicalSurvey/BehavioralHealthCareCompliance.aspx or call 1-888-466-2219
Another option is to contact your Employee Assistance Program (EAP) through your employer's Human Resources department to learn what services are available to you based on your situation.
In some cases, people find themselves paying out of pocket with a therapist in private practice. These individuals may prefer not to have their mental health information in their medical record. Sometimes their symptoms do not meet criteria for medical necessity so their insurance will not cover their care. Clients may wish to focus on personal growth versus treating a particular disorder resulting in them going the private pay route. (Depending on where you live, therapy can cost up to $300.00 dollars per session). If you decide the private practice route, many therapists offer a free 15 or 20 minute consultation to determine if they would be a good fit for you. Be sure to ask if there is a cost for consultation. Psychology Today https://www.psychologytoday.com/us is a great place to search for therapists in your area.
Regardless of how you obtain services, here are some reasons why getting professional help for your depression can be helpful:
1. Therapists have spent several years training under the supervision of other therapists until they are licensed. Part of their assessment is a case formulation from which they can help you identify the causes of your depression. These may include unmet needs during your childhood, ongoing stressors, and adjustment to life circumstances. Positive life changes such as buying a house, having a baby, or getting a promotion can lead to feelings of depression. Therapists also take into account your family history and genetic dispositions to depression. While you cannot go back and change the past or your family of origin, therapists can help you find ways to deal with your feelings. They can also guide you towards a healthier way of thinking and find the energy to do the things you enjoy and value.
2. Therapy is a private space where you can talk about your feelings and life experiences. You can be honest about what you're going through without feeling judged. Your therapist will listen to you and provide you with tools to handle your depression. Social support from friends and family is important and often times encouraged by therapists. However, therapists can deliver Evidence Based Treatments (EBTs) and personalize therapy to decrease your symptoms.
3. There are different types of therapy that can be used to treat depression. Your therapist can help you find the right approach for you. Some clients may find that they prefer interpersonal therapy with the aim of improving your relationships and communication skills. This can lead to better quality of life and overall mood. A treatment modality such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) can help you address the cycles of negative thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that contribute to and perpetuate depression.
4. Therapy can provide you with strategies to deal with your depression in the moment. Some of these include: coping with difficult emotions, mindfulness techniques, and stress management. Your therapist will also help you develop a plan that helps you maintain your progress after therapy ends and identify when and if you may need to return to therapy.
5. Therapy is an investment in your overall well-being. Your therapist may assign you homework to do in-between sessions. If you don't do the homework or practice the skills, it may take longer to see the benefits of therapy. It will take time and effort on your part with the benefit of feeling better both emotionally and physically. With the right treatment, you can reduce your depression and take control of your life.
Therapy is an effective treatment option for depression that can help you understand and manage your symptoms. If you think you may be struggling with depression, consider reaching out to a therapist for guidance. You can also reach out to your primary care provider for referrals or options within your insurance network. You may have to advocate for yourself and be persistent.
Last, you may need to meet with a few therapists before you find the right fit. Some therapists may even refer you to someone they believe may be a good match based on experience/areas of expertise or recommend a higher level of care.
Please keep in mind that while it can be overwhelming there is no shame in seeking help!
If you are in crisis or having thoughts of self-harm call or text 988 to connect with a mental health professional.