While feelings of sadness are a normal and expected part of life, a persistent depressed mood can have a significant impact on one’s quality of life. It can create barriers to how we engage with ourselves, those close to us, and the world around us. Depression can be a chronic issue or can develop in response to changes in life circumstances. It can be accompanied by a number of distressing mental, emotional, and physical symptoms such as:
- Feelings of guilt, worthlessness, and helplessness
- Pessimism and hopelessness
- Changes in sleep patterns
- Loss of interest in things you once enjoyed
- Overeating or loss of appetite
- Persistent sad, anxious, or “empty” feelings
- Suicidal thoughts or attempts
Depression in Children and Adolescents
When children are experiencing a persistent depressed mood, it can present in a number of unexpected ways. While they can exhibit the same symptoms as adults with depression, they may also develop behaviors that can be confusing and often misinterpreted. In addition, they may lack the emotional knowledge and vocabulary to comfortably express their underlying thoughts and feelings.
How Therapy Can Help
Each person comes to therapy with their own experience and perspective. We take great care to partner with you and/or your child to develop an approach to treatment that meets each client’s unique needs. Some therapeutic tools include:
- Play Therapy, both Directive and Non Directive
- Insight Oriented Therapy
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Motivational Interviewing
- Mind/Body Work
- Mindfulness Techniques
- Skill Building
Our therapists are committed to building a genuine and sincere connection with our clients and believe therapeutic work can only be done in the context of a safe, therapeutic alliance. Our team has extensive training and experience in working with both children and adults who are living with depression. Alexandria Place Therapy is made up of clinicians with diverse clinical backgrounds and expertise to promote finding an ideal therapeutic fit for each client.
To schedule an appointment with one of our therapists or for more information about our services, please complete the form here or give us a call on our main line at 703.963.4261. We will respond to your call or email within 24 hours, or on the next business day.