Therapy for Depression in Overland Park & Kansas City

Do you ever feel like getting out of bed in the morning is just too much of a challenge? Do you struggle with an overwhelming feeling of sadness even when you feel like you should be happy? Is it difficult for you to find the motivation to complete tasks, even little ones like making the bed? You may be dealing with depression.

Depression can feel like a burden, but through psychotherapy, people are able to develop skills to address the impact depression has on their life. I’m Dr. Eric Gaughan, a psychologist offering therapy for depression at Gaughan Psychological Services in Overland Park and the greater Kansas City metro.

Is it Depression or Am I Just Sad?

Those who struggle with depression know that it’s much more than sadness. Some describe depression as a weight that pulls them down. Others describe it as being in a dark hole that makes it difficult to see the light in the world around them. Whatever way you describe depression, even if you struggle to find the words to do so, you likely know it when you feel it. 

When a period of depression occurs immediately following the loss of a loved one, dissolution of a relationship, or other life challenge, it can be a natural part of the grieving and healing process.

Emotions are healthy and natural, but disordered depression is a serious concern. Depression can be chronic (recurring regularly with or without an immediate cause) or episodic (coming and going, lasting from weeks to months).

Some of the common symptoms of depressive disorder include:

  • Sadness, weariness, or low mood
  • Disinterest in or lack of joy in favorite activities
  • Apathy or lack of motivation
  • Dramatic shifts in mood
  • Difficulty concentrating or agitation
  • Crying excessively or without cause
  • Difficulty sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Overeating or loss of appetite

Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.
Victor Frankl

How Does Therapy Help with Depression?

As a psychotherapist, I approach therapy with the goal of helping people improve their ability to understand and process disruptive emotions like the overwhelming sadness and hopelessness that often characterizes depression. Using psychotherapy methods like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), I give you the skills you need to identify the sources of depression, recognize cyclical negative thinking, and take steps toward changing the way you experience and respond to depressed mood.

The overall goal is to help you improve your day-to-day experience and break free from the weight of depression.

Schedule Your Introductory Session

If you’re interested in learning more about Gaughan Psychological Services or what it’s like to work with me, please get in touch. We’ll get started with a short, complimentary consultation over the phone. This session gives you the opportunity to ask questions and discuss your psychotherapy solutions before your first full session. It’s a great first step toward investing in your long-term goals.

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