Understanding Depression and Therapeutic Support


When treating Major Depression, our intensive approach is to work to identify all the unconscious pieces to the origin of the depression. We believe that these premises have broken down and no longer work for the client. Without identifying these early, flawed, negative beliefs about themselves, people are likely to continue the same cycles throughout their lives.

Group therapy provides a supportive and validating environment where individuals struggling with depression can confront and challenge underlying negative beliefs. Through interactions with group members and facilitated discussions led by a trained therapist, participants can explore the origins and patterns of their negative beliefs, such as feelings of unworthiness or hopelessness. By sharing their experiences and receiving feedback from others who can relate to their struggles, individuals in group therapy can gain new perspectives, challenge distorted thinking patterns, and develop more adaptive coping strategies. The group dynamic fosters a sense of belonging and acceptance, reducing feelings of isolation and shame commonly associated with depression. Together, group members can offer empathy, validation, and encouragement, empowering each other to challenge negative beliefs and cultivate a more compassionate and realistic self-view.

Depression is a mental health condition characterized by persistent feelings of sadness, hopelessness, and loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed. It can impact various aspects of life, including emotions, thoughts, behavior, physical well-being, relationships and daily functioning across multiple settings.

Here's an overview of depression and how a therapist at Balance Treatment Center could help.

What is Depression?

Depression is more than just feeling sad; it's a complex mood disorder that affects millions of people worldwide. It can manifest in different forms, ranging from mild to severe, and may be triggered by various factors, including genetic predisposition, life events, and chemical imbalances in the brain. Common symptoms of depression include:

  • Persistent feelings of sadness, emptiness, or hopelessness
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Sleep disturbances, such as insomnia or oversleeping
  • Fatigue or loss of energy
  • Feelings of worthlessness or excessive guilt
  • Difficulty concentrating or making decisions
  • Thoughts of death or suicide

How Can a Therapist Help with Depression?

Assessment and Diagnosis

A therapist begins by conducting a thorough assessment to understand the nature and severity of your depression. They may use diagnostic tools and techniques to evaluate your symptoms and determine the most appropriate treatment approach.

Creating a Treatment Plan

Based on the assessment findings, the therapist collaborates with you to develop a personalized treatment plan. This plan may include various therapeutic interventions tailored to your specific needs and goals. This includes intensive treatment via our partial hospitalization program (PHP) and/or our intensive outpatient program (IOP).

Psychotherapy & Medication

Psychotherapy, or talk therapy, is a cornerstone of depression treatment. Our therapists use evidence-based approaches such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), or Psychodynamic Therapy, also known as Process-Based Therapy (PBT), to help you identify and change negative thought patterns, develop coping skills, and address underlying issues contributing to your depression.

In some cases, medication may be prescribed to alleviate symptoms of depression. Therapists at Balance Treatment Center can work closely with a psychiatrist or primary care physician to monitor medication effectiveness, providing important observations for dosage adjustments, and potential side effects.

Support and Validation

A therapist provides a supportive and nonjudgmental environment where you can express your thoughts and feelings openly. They offer validation, empathy, and encouragement, helping you feel understood and accepted.

Therapists teach practical coping strategies to manage symptoms of depression and improve overall well-being. These may include relaxation techniques, stress management skills, problem-solving strategies, and behavioral activation techniques to increase engagement in pleasurable activities.

Identifying Triggers & Relationships

Therapists help you identify triggers or underlying factors that contribute to your depression. By understanding these triggers, you can develop strategies to manage and reduce their impact on your mental health.

Depression can strain relationships with loved ones. A therapist facilitates communication, conflict resolution, and boundary-setting skills to improve interpersonal relationships and support networks.

Preventing Relapse & Care

Therapists work with you to develop a relapse prevention plan to maintain long-term recovery from depression. This plan may include ongoing therapy, self-care practices, and strategies for recognizing early warning signs of relapse.

Self-care is essential for managing depression. A therapist emphasizes the importance of self-care activities such as regular exercise, healthy eating, adequate sleep, and relaxation techniques to promote overall well-being.

Above all, a therapist offers hope and empowerment throughout your journey with depression. They believe in your capacity to heal, grow, and overcome challenges, providing support and guidance every step of the way.


Depression can feel overwhelming, but you don't have to face it alone. Our therapists can provide the support, guidance, and tools you need to navigate through depression and work towards a brighter, more fulfilling future. Reach out for help, and remember that healing is possible.