How We Help Treat Depression At Informed Therapy Group
Depression impacts a person’s quality of life and interpersonal functioning. Eventually, when left
untreated, it can lead to various physical health issues. Furthermore, while an episode of depression may lift on its own, it can be costly to your own well-being and other aspects of your life. Don’t wait it out and take the risk of it harming different aspects of your life and health.
Our therapists at informed Therapy Group are driven to read current research concerning
effective treatment options for depression and provide these services to our clients. Here are a
few of the treatments we offer here at ITG:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) has been shown to effectively treat depression. With this
treatment modality, individuals will explore and understand ways in which their unhelpful
thinking impacts their well-being. CBT is founded on the principle that the way we think, the
ways we act, and how we feel are all connected.
In other words, CBT is based on the principle that psychological problems stem from unhealthy thinking or behavioral patterns and these unhealthy patterns impact a person’s emotional functioning. CBT helps clients learn ways to challenge distorted thoughts and mentalize more accurately about what is happening around them.
This treatment helps individuals respond behaviorally in a way that protects their well-being. For
instance, imagine someone at work walks past you without saying hello, maybe you think to
yourself, “I wonder what I did wrong? They must be mad at me.” This thought may be
grounded more in your fear of rejection or the core belief that you are not good enough.
CBT Can Help You Understand Your Negative Thoughts
CBT helps clients understand their negative thoughts and find alternative explanations for a situation that may be more accurate. In the above-mentioned example, our therapists would help you explore other reasons the coworker walked by without saying hello such as a person having a bad day, maybe they are late and rushing to a meeting, or they are tired and don’t have the energy to engage with others.
CBT helps us not take our thoughts as truths all the time. Instead, it helps us question our thoughts and better understand what drives them. This treatment method can have a profound impact on the ways in which you respond to situations behaviorally. For instance, in the above example, if you believed you did something wrong, you will most likely not engage with the individual and this will leave you feeling more alone and isolated.
If you can challenge this thought and assess other options, you will be more likely to
reach out to the other person and check up on them, leaving you feeling more connected. This
example basically demonstrates the connections between our thoughts, behaviors, and emotions and
how our initial thoughts about a situation can impact both our behaviors and emotions.
Another type of therapy is Interpersonal therapy (IPT). IPT is based on attachment and communication theories and operates on the principle that improving interpersonal relationships will help improve your overall mood. IPT is used to treat depression since interpersonal relationships are generally impacted when individuals are experiencing a depressive episode. Our therapists work with clients to explore their emotions, identify interpersonal patterns, and improve social support.
Safe Space to Discuss Pharmacological Options
An important service we offer to our clients, who are suffering from depression, is exploring
pharmacological options to address any depressive symptoms. Although our therapists do not
prescribe medications, they are knowledgeable about the different medications used to address
and treat depression. Our therapists will help you explore your feelings and fears regarding
starting a psychotropic medication and help you make an informed decision. We will provide
you with helpful resources and referrals for psychiatrists in the area.
ITG is passionate about helping clients navigate depression and other mood disorders. Don’t
suffer alone and get the support you deserve today! Our team is here to answer any questions
you may have about starting therapy and the different treatment options we offer at ITG.
Begin Depression Therapy in Atlanta, GA
If you are struggling with depression, don’t suffer alone. At Informed Therapy Group our team of skilled therapists is here to provide you with a safe and supportive space to overcome your depression symptoms. To get started with depression therapy follow these three simple steps:
- Contact us to set up an appointment
- Be matched with one of our caring depression therapists
- Stop suffering from your depression symptoms and begin healing.
Other Services Offered at Informed Therapy Group
Our team at Informed Therapy Group knows that depression can make you feel alone, but we’re here to help. However, depression therapy isn’t the only service we offer. Our online practice offers therapy for stress management, anxiety therapy, and therapy for grief and loss. We also specialize in couples therapy, pregnancy counseling, and postpartum therapy. To learn more about Informed Therapy read About Us, FAQs, and our blog!