Depression Therapy Find Healing in Life's Darkest Hours
Depression, anxiety, and PTSD all have multiple components to their origins, and all have an emotional and relational element that contributes in a major way. Sometimes that relationship is the self, how we think about and act on the feelings we suppress or carry inside, and sometimes the relationship is external to ourself. Once we see and understand the behaviors, thoughts, and feelings that contribute to the distress, we can help shift their view to a healthier belief about the self and others.
Change Your Perspective,
Change Your Behaviors
EFT as Depression Treatment
Emotionally focused therapy helps individuals deal with unresolved relationships (including the relationship with the self) in order to get down to the core belief systems that are creating the distress and unhealthy thought patterns. Research studies provide evidence that EFT for couples treats depression successful.
Using EFT, we help our patients:
Understand the Source(s) of Unresolved Conflict
Recognize Unhealthy Beliefs and Actions
Release Suppressed Emotions
Create Positive Behavior and Thought Patterns
Lay the Ground-Work for Loving & Caring Relationships
Symptoms of Depression Learn the Warning Signs So You Can Get Help
Depression manifests in different ways for different people. If you have one or more of these symptoms for two weeks or more, it may be time to talk to a professional.
Lack of Motivation
Insomnia or Over-Sleeping
Considerable Weight Changes
Changes in Appetite
Feelings of Worthlessness
Loss of Interest
Thoughts of Self-Harm or Suicide
Frequently Asked Questions About Therapy-Based Depression Treatment
Seeking help for depression is the first step to healing. Many people have questions about talk therapy before their first session. Check out our FAQ and please get in touch with us if you have additional questions.
Your first session will be a deep dive into your reasons for seeking therapy. We'll talk about the issues you're currently facing, what you've done in the past, and what your goals are going forward. You'll have the opportunity to ask questions and take an active part in planning the path for future sessions.
There are literally thousands of therapeutic models and styles in practice today which creates much chaos about how to choose the right model of treatment. The primary difference between emotionally focused therapy (EFT) and methods like cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) is that EFT creates deep second order change by looking at the negative patterns that keep you stuck and core beliefs that reinforce them. With an attachment lens, EFT works from the inside out to create internal security and lasting change. CBT on the other hand, focuses on changes to behavior and cognitions associated more with first order or short-lived changes that easily shift back to old patterns.
EFT looks at the process of distress through the lens of attachment or the science and theory of human behavior for a more accurate understanding of emotion disorders such as depression, anxiety and PTSD. This more accurate view allows us to shape and shift even the darkest of views of self and others to feel what Dr. Sue Johnson, founder of EFT, calls “safe and sound.”
Our office is staffed with a licensed psychologist, master level therapists and doctoral student interns. In the State of Washington psychologists and therapists are not permitted to prescribe medications. However, we are happy to coordinate care with your general practitioner or psychiatrist.