Depression

Depression is marked by symptoms of persistent low mood, decreased energy, motivation, appetite loss, loss of interest or enjoyment in previously enjoyable things, sleep disturbance, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

Treatment for depression utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to look for patterns of thinking and behaving that can feed the illness. Additionally, using strategies of Behavior Activation (B.A.) to behaviorally work to offset the symptoms of depression to thoughtfully and gradually increase energy and motivation through behavior change. Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and DBT skills can be used in conjunction to treat depression symptoms behaviorally.

Depending on severity, a referral to medication management is indicated to adequately treat symptoms of depression.

Lastly, in treating depression, I work with patients to address sleep issues that could feed depression, and implement strategies to include quality of sleep. 

I have significant experience treating depression through my training at the Mood and Anxiety Clinic of Western Psychiatric Institue and Clinic of UPMC in Pittsburgh, PA in both Intensive Outpatient and Outpatient levels of care. 

Free 20-minute phone consultation

I know that finding the right therapist to work can be both challenging and overwhelming. To that, I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation. During your phone consultation we will discuss your treatments needs and goals, and I will share my initial thoughts on how I may be of service to those needs and goals. Call 484/321-6277 or send me a message to schedule your free 20-minute phone consultation.

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